Skunky, a Humanely Raised Chicken


| 8/7/2015 10:54:00 AM


Growing your own food is an eye opening process. When you finally pick that head of cabbage, you appreciate all that cabbage did to grow from a tiny seed to an impressive plant with a plump head.

On March 31 of this year, Margaret’s eggs hatched. On April 2, when she brought her chicks out to show them the world, one of her chicks made me laugh. It looked like a skunk with a stripe running from the top of its head down its back, stripes on its tiny wings, and long streaks of mascara shooting out the corners of its eyes. Skunky. It’s what I named it.

Skunky was the first chick I’d seen with Tammy Faye eyes. Curious as to what kind of chicken Skunky was going to become, I watched it carefully. I had no idea if it was going to turn into a stunning rooster or elegant hen or whatever. You never know what a chick will look like when it grows up.

Skunky on April 12 



Skunky was nothing like its siblings. Most of my hens hatch chicks from an assortment of eggs. Mother hens love all of their chicks equally well, no matter how differently they look.





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