Lesson 387 – a red-letter day for chickens

Last night Marc and I were at a party (great food, great music, great folks, and we got to see their chickens! – thanks Rick and Jemi) where I was gifted with this delightful epilectic-seizure-inducing-squeezy chick.

They knew I had chickens. They knew I would love it.

They were right.

If you have kids or have ever spent anytime around kids, you know what these strobe things do. My kids love them and over the years we’ve had several balls and worm-like things that blink when you shake them. Inside,there’s a little mechanical ball that when activated makes for a mini-strobe light effect. It’s very rave.

But it also, of course, makes this the the BEST THING EVER to have at a party, at night, outdoors. (which is exactly where I was.)

What’s that? People asked me of the blinking baby chick in my hand.

This? Oh, it’s a blinking baby chick.


No, I actually did hear crickets, the party was outside, remember?

Anyway, one thing led to another and as chicken owners know, eventually all conversations turn to chickens.

Was it considered cruel to cook chicken on the grill in front of the chickens? No.

Would you like some more of the curried chicken? All set thanks.

Oh look, there’s a rooster on this wine bottle! I know, we brought it, did you think I’d bring the one with the naked feet on it when I own, wait for it…. chickens!!

How many chickens did you say you had? 40.

Does it take a lot of work to raise chickens? Not really, but why don’t you grab a beer and I’ll tell you about some of our experiences.

As Marc and I were leaving, a woman came up to me.

Could I have your card?, she said. I’m thinking about getting chickens and I’d love to read up on them.

It’s a red-letter day when you get to eat outstanding food, are given a blinking chick toy, get to meet new friends,listen to local music, and are able to spread the good word about chickens.

A red-letter day indeed.



Filed under All things chickens, All things local, Backyard Chickens, Chicken art, Chicken fun, Chicken things, New Hampshire, Personal, Project Chickens before the Eggs

3 responses to “Lesson 387 – a red-letter day for chickens

  1. Fun post-
    ….and I bypass the cheap bottle with naked foot to pick up the cheap bottle with the rooster on it too! The best part is always when you’ve recruited a future chicken fanatic. I feel like I was at that same party…

  2. Jemi

    Alas, Wendy, you did miss one of the chicken highlights, the “Tipsy Chicken” drinks that our good friend Hope Manseau brought to the party, little marzipan chicks in an egg box. She plunked them into cups with a serious mix of alcohol. I’m asking for the recipe, and also photos that I’m SURE Rick’s co-worker took.

    So glad you and hubby made the long drive to join us, and that we gave you something to write about.

    Oh, it should be noted that our trio of hens was apparently so exhausted from being handled by so many children at the party, they spent almost the entire next day huddled in a freshly-scratched hole, watching me clean the yard of all those Karger frisbees, bottle caps, cans, etc.

    • Wendy Thomas

      I am waiting with bated breath for that recipe and story. (I didn’t realize it was “our” Hope that had made that.)

      And yes, *Sigh* the Karger frisbees, they seem to have infiltrated our house as well.

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