Of all the things I miss about our traditional homestead, I miss my chickens the most!
I could sit outside in the yard, watching them scratch and peck for hours on end! It was better than therapy!
And like humans, each chicken has its own unique personality!
For example: First, you might have the bossy busy body! She thinks she is in charge and has no problems telling others what to do, and doesn’t mind getting in your face to do it!
Next, you have the meek and mild hen who is willing to take a back seat – letting the bossy hen take charge! However, sometimes she winds up getting bullied in the process.
And then you have the free thinker! She minds her own business, but is not about to let the bossy hen bully her! She gets along just fine with the other hens and even has a few that she likes to hang out with! But mind you, she follows her own path and is not afraid to hang out in the field by herself!
Yet as a group, they are quite remarkable – and even intimidating at times, if you let them!
The girls know instinctively that the rooster is in charge! They know his voice and ignore the crooning of other roosters nearby! Not only does he show them where food is, he is also their protector! When he sounds the alarm for danger they intuitively know to head to the coop for shelter!
And just as the girls know his voice, my chickens knew my voice as well! When strangers were near, they would head in the opposite direction. Yet when I called out to them, they knew automatically that I was a safe haven – a shield against predators – and that I usually had food!
Indeed, I do miss my chickens and am looking forward to getting back to a traditional homestead!
Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!