Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bad Chickens!

Every evening, we let the chickens out of their coop for the hour or two before dusk. I'd let them have a longer outing, but we have a pair of nesting hawks on the property. Most of the neighbors, too, just let their dogs run (we're pretty far from the main road, so it's much safer than it sounds), so we try to have the chickens out only when we're out and about in the yard in the evenings.

Friday, I let the chickens out and then I went back inside to study. I was worried about that test, and so was absentminded about watching the chickens. After all, they've always been fine. Famous last words, eh?

Those evil girls got into my flowerbeds and ATE the pansies. They didn't mess with the rosebushes or the lillies or any of the perennials, but the pansies are just about done for. They also ate a lot of the weeds, to their credit - weeding has NOT been a priority since I've been in school! But I did want another month or two of blooms out of those pansies.

Oh, well - a few pansies are a small price to pay, I guess, for happy chickens and fresh eggs. :)

19 comments:

Mildred said...

Oh well, that takes care of weeding! Nice to see that you have a little extra time and energy to post. We have missed you Terri.

Terri said...

Mildred, hehehe - yes, that's what I thought, although I did shed a tiny tear for the poor pansies! :) Thanks for all the support - this will all be worth it, soon!

Lisa said...

very pretty looking girls you got there. Mine are assorted kinds and we are over run by eggs ! I put out a sign to sell them but no one is stopping by so we just eat them till they come out our ears and give them to friends too. Happy memorial weekend ! Hope you get to relax this weekend.

simple~needs said...

oh terri, those cute little chickens were just bored. :)
maybe set up a few activities (volleyball, crafting, etc) for them to do while you study. tee hee
i am about peeing myself from laughter as i envision chicken doing all that.
have a great weekend, kim

Julia said...

WE have totally banned our chickens from roaming wild during spring. They have destroyed flower beds rototilling with their sharp little claws!! Grrrr to the chickens.

Terri said...

Lisa, yes, we have more eggs than we know what to do with. :)Periodically I take a few dozen in to school and just pass them out. People love it.

Kim, I keep saying you are brilliant and you show it yet again! Maybe they can do jazzercise to keep their girlish figures, and perhaps they'd like to take up embroidery? :)

Julia, I have learned my lesson with those bad girls - no more running free without close supervision!

Terri

Donnell said...

Bad, bad chickens! No biscuit, um, served with you!

Anna said...

Bummer about the Pansies, Mine also did a bad Chicken routine. They destroyed one of my Three sisters Garden mounds (with corn, beans and Squash growing) I'm just glad they didn't get the other 7 mounds at the same time.

I have two groups of chickens: The ones in their pen and the wild ones who won't ever stay in a pen. My wild ones are the ones who destroyed my garden area. But I really can't complain to much as one of those hens produced three new chick so far for this year.

Terri said...

Donn, that is sooo wrong! Hehehe :)

Anna, we haven't had any go wild yet, but they don't get much freedom, so maybe that's why.

Terri

Lisa said...

hahaha Donnell ! Good one !

Daisy said...

Aw...sorry to hear about your pansies. I guess you'll have to think about them when you are having scrambled eggs for breakfast! HA!

Terri said...

Daisy, that's funny! Or, we'll think about them when we're eating chicken SOUP! :)

Terri

Susie said...

How nice to have some help in the "weeding" department. Sorry about your pansies tho!

Terri said...

Susie, they're better weeders than I am, at the moment! :)

Terri

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

Pansy flavored eggs. Hmm, interesting. :)

I just keep thinking about Foghorn Leghorn cartoons with the little chicken hawk.

Terri said...

I love that little chicken hawk! I'd forgotten that 'til you mentioned him!

Terri

Goat Creek Grandma said...

Oh... chickens and flowerbeds... I learned when we had ours, flowers of any type were history. I can't wait to get more chicks!

Take Care,
Debbie

Terri said...

Debbie, yes, to my sorrow, I've learned the same. :( But, my flowerbeds weren't all that much to look at this year, anyway.

Terri

em's scrapbag said...

Sad demise of the pansies but what a great way to get the weeding done.