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Sunday, July 8, 2012

The day I found a chicken in my yard.....

You just never know what a day is gonna bring~ especially in the country.
This is a TRUE and funny story that happened on a Sunday at the end of March.
Mr. OTM and I had gone to a flea market that always has a vendor selling bunnies and chickens.
I joked with Russ about how I was going to get a bunny and raise all these rabbits and have them hop around the yard and such. He gave me the "not on your life look" that I expected and that was that.
To get his goat even further on the drive home I said that I've thought about the bunny thing and decided we should just get chickens! As you can imagine I got "THE LOOK" again with a firm NO WAY attached to it.
We did buy a couple knock out rose bushes that day and when we got home we headed to the side yard to plant them.
When we got to the flower bed I looked over to a part of our yard that leads up a path to our fire pit.
There in the middle of the path was a small gray, black and white speckled bird. Just sitting there, watching us.
We head over to it and for a second wonder if it's a baby buzzard or vulture or something.
I took the end of my watering can and nudged it's fanny a bit and then....(here's where it gets funny)
IT STARTS PECKING THE GROUND! WE HAVE OURSELVES A CHICKEN!
We couldn't believe it! Russ said that if he hadn't seen this whole thing play out he would have thought I set him up!
I don't blame him~ I couldn't believe it either!
We have NO IDEA where it came from or how it got here!
She started following us around everywhere. She would hop into my lap and sit on my shoulder.
She would always try to get close so I would ask her "are you chilly?" and that's how she got her name: Chilly.
Chilly Chilly Chick Chick to be exact.

I apologize for the out of focus photos! I am taking this thru my bedroom window.
She loves to hang out on the deck at the back of the house.
I wanted to find out exactly what kind of chicken we had.
One of my best friends, Kelly works for the Ohio State extension office in Ohio . She had me send her some photos and showed them around the office. In a matter of a few minutes I found out that we have a
Silver -Laced Wyandotte : a docile and friendly breed that is a wonderful layer!
These are recent photos that show how big she has grown!
She loves her chicken crumbles.
She hasn't stated laying yet but I am getting excited!
Here's where she goes from your average barnyard chicken to Miss Smarty pants:
she has figured out which window is the bedroom window and will sit on the sill til I get up to feed her!
This is what I see when I open the blinds in the morning. She gets up around 6:30 am  and hops down from her high perch where she roosts all night.
She isn't loud or noisy , just patiently waits to get some crumbles and cut up peaches.
She LOVES peaches!!
She is joy to have around and (you won't believe this) but her and the cat are buddies. I worried about that and the next thing you know they are both sleeping side by side in the flower bed.
I wouldn't mind getting a few more.........
Think I'll run that past Russ today and see what kind of "look" I get.
We both love having her around so maybe...just maybe I see an adorable little coop in my future!
Stay tuned!

11 comments:

Vicki@MorePowerfulBeyondMeasure said...

What a wonderful surprise for you!! A chicken! I want some chickens too! Would you please put in a good word with yours to send her buddies my way?;-) Cutest coop is on Pinterest made out of a chest of drawers. Loved this story! Enjoy your Chilly Chick! Best, Vicki

shari said...

Beth ~
A friend passed your blog post about your surprise-chicken along to me. She knows that I too have a little gift from the skies!! :-) You can see here what I found in my yard http://abundantpicnic.blogspot.com/2012/04/seems-ive-been-remiss-fully-introducing.html
I'm now a follower of yours. Will wait to hear more of Chilly's antics. {our girl also waits at the door for feed}... Shari

sweetvintageofmine said...

Talking about something that you wished for?!! WOW....Shes adorable! Is that a bathtub of some sort she roosts on? TOO CUTE!! There is something about a lady and her bathtub?! It's meant to be! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved how the chicken chose your home to move to!!

Anne said...

What a sweet surprise.How lucky for you.Love those photos too!
(((Hugs))
Anne

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

How very neat!!

I'm not an expert on chickens or anything, but I do want to let you know that if you get more they will have to establish a "pecking" order so they won't automatically get along right away - they have to decide who the boss is so they fight a bit. I only know this because I have a friend who started keeping chickens about a year ago and she got really surprised by the first fight when they brought in some new hens.

Enjoy!!

Linda said...

Oh, how sweet! This chickie has found a great home looks like.....LOL

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Love your new chickie! She certainly picked the right place! I think she knew you wanted one...lol.

BlackStar said...

Fabulous post! And what a smart chicken. :)
We had a domestic turkey show up one day and stayed for a few days before moving on with her traveling buddies- two Guinea hens. They never came on the property, like Lucy did. She followed me around like a dog and sat at my side while I worked in the garden. I sure do miss that bird!
Enjoy Chilly Chick.

Pamela... Beehind Thyme Garden & Wares said...

What a DELIGHT to find... ENJOY your moments with her, they bring such joy!

BLESSINGS,
Pamela

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

That is so adorable! You have been adopted by a sweet chicken, love it. Get a few more you will love them! They are so much fun to have and watch .
Debra xxx
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