Why DID the Chicken Cross the Road?

| 11/4/2011 11:36:57 AM

Tags: chickens, common expressions, laying hens, Cam Mather,

 By Cam Mather

Ever notice how when you buy a “blue” Honda Civic, or a red Chevy Cobalt, or whatever, you suddenly notice how many other people have the same car? It's a bit like how ever since we acquired our chickens, we began noticing how many expressions that we use, are related to chickens.

Here are just a few that Michelle and I have noticed.

We bought our chickens as 20-week-old birds ready to begin laying. If we had tried the whole incubation thing, we wouldn’t have wanted to “count our chickens before they were hatched.” The 20-week-olds were only $10 each, which when you think of the eggs that they’ll provide us with over their lifetimes, it really was just “chicken feed.” I was kind of hesitant about getting them but when Michelle said, “Oh, you’re just chicken!” I was inspired to finally take the plunge.

I usually let them out of their coop at dawn because I’m “up with the chickens.” Once they got settled in, we realized that the ladies really do have a natural “pecking order” and that Henrietta “rules the roost.”

Elizabeth Pepper
11/9/2011 8:43:54 PM

We have a Quaker Parrot and every time she hears the rooster crow she starts hollering "chicken pie". I think my husband mentioned 1 or 2 times that the rooster wanted to take a run on him and if he continues to do that he would end up as the next chicken pie. How the Quaker associated the crowing with chicken pie we have no clue.

11/6/2011 12:18:16 PM

Why did the chicken cross the road? --to show the raccoons it CAN be done. I've had hens on my suburban farmette for 3 yrs now. They provide endess entertainment besides the great eggs. Most amazing to me is how the barn cats are scared to death of them.

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