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April 17, 2015 - Babies at Bahrsteads

This year at Bahrstead’s were are bringing in another round of chickens with the addition of some turkey chicks called goblets.   I picked them up from the post office!  Who knew you could send birds through the mail?

What fun it is to see these small creatures come into your life for a few months and help you better understand the beauty of nature, the challenge of raising them and the sobering reminder of the food source they become for us.  When raising birds for different reasons, it grounds us to be more humane, kind, thoughtful and respectful to all animals in kind.   

Now, I didn’t mean to put a wet blanket on our feathered friends, because up to their last day we get to see and experience the cackles and quirkiness of our chicks that evolve into beautiful adult birds.  Through the generations, much has been  referenced of our fine feathered friends and at Backyardchickens.com they have a slew of chicken sayings that they have collected.    Do you know all of them?  We didn’t… Enjoy!

Quotable Chicken Quotes

- "Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken poop from chicken salad.” - Lyndon B. Johnson 

- “The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.”

Finance (or putting your cart before your horse )

Nest egg - to save a little money each week

Scratching out a living - to earn enough to get by on

Don't count your chickens before they hatch - don't plan on an outcome before it actually happens.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket - don't plan on an outcome before it actually happens.

Don't spend the egg money before the hen lays the eggs - don't plan on an outcome before it actually happens.

Chicken feed - small amount of money

Feather your nest - saving for the future

Roosters (get no respect!) Sayings

Hen-pecked - nagged

The rooster may crow but the hen delivers the goods.

The rooster may crow, but this hen lays the egg!

The rooster may rule the roost but the hen rules the rooster.

The rooster makes all the noise, but the hen rules the roost!

Rooster games - willing to fight instead of trying to work out a problem.


Chicken Behavior Descriptions

Flew the coop - gone

Up with the chickens - waking early with the sunrise.

Going to bed with the chickens - going to bed early in the evening.

Walking on eggshells- treading softly where certain people are concerned; trying not to upset someone

Like a chicken with it's head cut off - running around with no direction

Shake a tail feather - get moving

Strutting' your stuff - Showing off

Bird brain - senseless

Dumb cluck - senseless

You're chicken! - being afraid

Sunny side up - cheerful attitude

** Chicken quotes, finances, rooster says and chicken behavior from Backyardchickens.com