Numbered Days

February 18, 2011

Yesterday’s weather was a Spring teaser.  Temperatures were in the mid-50s and the sun was shining.  In late afternoon, I decided to let the flock free-range.  They were so happy.  Chocolate was especially feeling good.  He was definitely the one in charge dictating each new destination in the yard to the girls.  He was also spoiling them with each new treat he found, generously giving them to each of his girls.

My almost 4 year old daughter was out there with me as well.  She loves to visit each chicken, say hello and stroke their heads and backs.  The chickens enjoy her company too.  To be completely honest, I was a little nervous about having her out there with Chocolate, but I was there.  I gave her a quick reminder on rooster etiquette and closely monitored their interactions.  I was never more than 5 feet away from her at any time.  Chocolate usually loves her holding him and showering him with affections.  For the most part, the chickens that like her best are Chocolate and Feathers.

Standing there, I noticed that the waterer was dirty.  I took it out of the coop and tilted the waterer to the side; refreshing the water.  All of a sudden, I heard my daughter scream.  I literally looked away for about 15 seconds and Chocolate decided to give her a warning.  He seized the small crack in the window of opportunity.  I quickly grabbed my daughter and tried to figure out what had happened.  She was shaken and said that Chocolate had pecked her on the knee.  I saw no marks.  Once she was consoled, I walked over, picked up Chocolate and returned him to the closed coop and run. 

I decided in my heart of heart I needed to act sooner than later.  I could never forgive myself if something that I can prevent from happening indeed happens.  I called a local friend with a farm.


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2 thoughts on “Numbered Days”

  1. Your Chocolate story hit home for us. We got ten chicks last March, all hens so we were told. Well, Henrietta soon showed to obviously be "Henry". He is gorgeous, and we love him, but he has scared the pitooey out of our 4 yr old grandson. This just cannot happen so we keep him penned when Taylor is here. We are new to this….we do not want baby chicks in the Spring so is there a reason we should keep him, such as better protection and contentment for our girls? We hate to give him away but as you said, better to prevent a mishap than be sorry.

  2. Poor chocolate 🙁 My rooster needs to be rehomed soon as I have a 1 year old little sister. She loves the baby chickens though and even attempts to pick them up. They’re docile so she’s alright around them.


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