I never really connected how old chicken sayings came to be. Sure, I knew what they meant, but after experiencing chickens first hand, somehow, they are so much more understandable.
Fly the coop— to leave in a hurry. Oyster Cracker tries this every chance she gets! Yesterday, while I was collecting eggs, she came running at full speed and forced her large feathery body right out the top of the nesting box. Her freedom was short lived, but she did get a good amount of love before I returned her back behind the run.
Don’t count your eggs before they hatch—Don’t plan an for a certain outcome before it happens. After having hatched our own eggs I can completely relate. We started out with 9 eggs. 1 was infertile, 1 failed to progress much farther along than 1 week. Out of all of our chicks, 6 are completely healthy and thriving and one, Percy Peepers, is handicapped.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket—Don’t plan for an outcome before it occurs. Note to self , heed this when collecting our own eggs especially when young children are involved.
Hen pecked—Nagged. I sure have seen this, especially when one of the broody girls does not want to leave the box for another gal higher up on the pecking order to lay her eggs.
Pecking order—Finding your position. I have seen this a couple of times. Often the girls gently reassert their positions in the flock. I always see this as babies are growing from chicks into young chickens. It also happens whenever I introduce/reintroduce someone to the flock.
As scarce as hens teeth—rare. So far, I have yet to see one. Have you?
Rules the roost–The one who is in charge. Chocolate definitely thinks he is the king in his kingdom, while Tilly is our head hen.
Nest egg—Saving up money over time. It takes a while to develop a full clutch of eggs to sit upon. During that time, they eggs are treated with the utmost care. I also find it amazing that once the hen sets, she is patient and attentive to them.
Shake a tail feather—Get moving. After the girls come out of their dust bowls from their baths, they not only shake their tail feathers, they shake their entire bodies.
Empty nest syndrome–Sadness and loneliness after children leave the home. We just witnessed this with Dolly. She was so torn about leaving her babies. She was sad for about a week. Then she made her decision to join her old flock.
Chicken Scratch—poor handwriting. Let’s just say, I cannot even imagine what those girls would write if I gave them each a pencil!
Can you think of any other chicken sayings that you can now relate to?