Coffee with Chickens
It’s become something of a morning ritual around these parts. I used to kennel dogs, turn on my heel, and run out the door headlong into my day of rush and drama. No longer is that a possibility. These days there are a flock of Ladies that need me. Ever so briefly. My mornings are punctuated with a little of this.
Boots, gloves, a few more sips of coffee, Gaga, Blondie, Joanie, Little Bird, Cherry, and more recently, the almost integrated (and now depleted) B-Squad.
Turns out Beyonce, well she was actually Jay-Z. Sadly, we had to bid adieu to that particular pop-star. It was for the best. After her exit stage left, the Belinda and Britney are settling in. They are still lower on the avian totem pole, but they function as part of the group. They are catching up in size (no eggs yet), but I’ve faith that we can do this thing. Erm, they can. I don’t do much.
I let them out.
Making me their most favorite person. Ever. Second only to the person who feeds them (also me).
In between those coffee slurps.
I might just have a little meaningful conversation with Lady Gaga.
What can I say? She’s a good listener.
While I still don’t believe Chickens are pets, when the time comes to say Goodbye to Gaga, I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be hard. We’ve got a rapport, me and this Head Chicken. The benevolent ruler of The Chicken House. I think she’s a pretty awesome Lady.
And a bit of looker. But, I can’t say I’ve known a lot of Chickens either.
I try not to think about their future during these early morning bonding sessions. Or mine. I sorta suck at living in the moment. It’s not my thing. I’m a planner. A do-er. Next please! is much more my thing. There’s something about these few minutes, minutes I’d swear I actually didn’t have if you’d asked me this time last year. Smuggled minutes. Muddy. Damp. And likely to only get more so. The din of the Lady talk, their excitement over a few minutes of bug hunting, it’s just enough to drown out the rest of the day.
Plus, I get some eggs. Let’s hear it for the Ladies.