Miss Hattie is the most comical chicken! Do you get tired of hearing stories about her? Do you know how boring my “chicken family” would be without Miss Hattie? I like her so much! She really knows no limits. I’m surprised at the things the chickens have learned but we surely have not been able to teach her to stay off the front porch!
She knows to watch the bird feeders and if there’s a bird at a feeder, that means seeds are falling on the ground so any time Miss Hattie sees a bird land on the feeder, she makes a mad dash to get under the feeder and hang out there to nibble on the falling bird seed. All the chickens know that when Vince is carrying a bucket, that means there are treats for them but they don’t seem to differentiate between the bucket and a purse or a bag of veggies, or a bucket of sand for the garden. If we’re carrying something, they think it’s something for them and they will follow us all over the place.
They know that when Vince whistles, that means he has something for them and they can hear him even when they’re way out in the woods and they come running.
They know the sound of the Honda and when Vince drives up in the afternoon, they’ll come from wherever they are to meet him. They don’t do that to me when I come home but I don’t leave and come home every day like he does. It’s the sound of the Honda that they’ve learned because the few days he drives the pickup, they don’t come running to greet him.
Yesterday, the wind had blown the gate on the pipe fence shut and Vince had to stop the Honda, get out and open that gate. He said the chickens all ran to meet him when he stopped outside the gate and he had to shoo them off just so he could drive into the carport.
Yesterday I had errands to run and as I was walking out to my car, I was halfway looking for the orange kitten, and something caught my eye in the RTV.
I have no idea why she was up there. It looks like she’s kinda expecting to go for a ride.
I walked over to her, rubbed her on her head, explained that she really should stay away from the vehicles . . Vince gets kinda grumpy when he finds her in the RTV . . but she doesn’t understand. She seems to think if it’s ok for us to use the RTV, surely it’s ok for her to use it too!
I picked her up and set her on the ground, I went to get in the Highlander and she followed me like she thought maybe she could have a ride in the Highlander. Nope, I love Miss Hattie but I draw the line there. She’s not getting inside the real vehicles and if she knows what’s good for her, she won’t get on top of those vehicles either . . or at least she won’t do it when Vince is home! :)