Those chickens are the best entertainment in town. I’m so thankful no one can see us.
So far, Louise still has had only the one egg that hatched. The little black chicken . .
He’s really no bigger than a big, fat acorn! But .. he’s faster than a streak of lightning! Tonight I was in the garden and Vince came running over, completely out of breath. ”The little black chicken is out!” I said . . no big deal . . he’ll go back in when he’s ready . . thinking he was talking about one of Mean Chicken’s babies. He said “NO! The LITTLE black chicken! He’s escaped and he’s running around in the yard!”
I stopped and went to help get him. He fell in one of the open trenches (BTW, covering the trenches is a job for Chad while he’s here. We still get to use him and abuse him!) I went to help Vince get him out of the trench but by the time I got there, somehow, the little rascal had gotten himself out and was running around like a crazy chicken.
We chased him and used my special “chicken catching gizmo” which is really a huge cilantro bush left from last year. It has no leaves on it but is all wispy and I put it down on top of them and they can’t get out and then I can fish them out of the branches. No luck . . that little chicken is unbelievably fast. Finally I said “Sorry Vince but really . . if something gets him . . he’s a chicken! I’m done!” I went back to the garden but before I was done, Vince came running over, huffing and puffing and he said “Smokie is out!” In the process of trying to get the little baby in, Smokie got out.
Not only are those chickens fast but they are goofy! They are scared to death of us! We both chased Smokie all over the place. We decided to just leave him alone. We got all the other chickens closed up inside their coops and left the gate to the pen open, hoping he would eventually go back in on his own . . which he did. When I went out there this time, I had my camera. Even though he was in the pen, and all the other chickens were in the coop .. he would NOT go in. We must have tried to coax him in for 5 minutes before I thought to video it.
Can you guess why he won’t go inside? Watch the video and I’ll bet you can figure it out! This was the end of a very frustrating episode of our herding chickens! Vince was flapping his arms and trying to scare Smokie into going inside. Finally .. can you guess why he wouldn’t go in? I’m telling you .. these are some crazy chickens!