Feb. 1st, 2012
First, an update on the girls. I stopped by yesterday after volunteering at the Humane Shelter. The farm was quiet and there was no one around but three restless chickens. They’re not finished with the fence, so the girls were still enclosed in their coop. I had grapes with me, so I fed them in turn through a crack in the door. I’d like to pretend they knew me and were happy to see me, but it was probably just the grapes. 🙂 I refilled their water and snatched a Daisy egg from the nest box. (I’m getting to be such an outlaw!) I will see them again on Thursday when the Montessori students meet Rosie, Violet & Daisy for the first time. I will lead the students to meet the girls wearing my beautiful chicken suit.
I hope the parents aren’t afraid for their children to be escorted by “Miss Debbie Chicken”. I am an actual teacher, licensed by the state of Alabama, so I’ve had a thorough background check.
This is my 133rd post. I began the chickendiary on April 27th, 2011, nine months and four days ago. It has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for reading and responding to the ravings of a slightly obsessed madwoman. Kindly leave your comments at the end of this final post so they will be enshrined in the chickendiary in perpetuity. 🙂 I’d like to close with acknowledgements and expressions of gratitude.
To our neighbor who waged an eight month campaign to evict our pets–The victory is yours my friend. I hope it was sweet. My Aunt Carol said it best and I quote, “It ‘s a shame the board makes you give up your chickens but allows a turkey to stay!”
And to all our supportive, fun-loving, forward-thinking friends who brought their families to our back yard to gather eggs, feed grapes and pose for fotos with fowl–Thank you for sharing this adventure with us. It was a wild ride and we don’t regret a thing.
Mike, the Chicken Whisperer
Meggie & Daisy
Layla & Riley
Hannah (our kid) & Daisy
Andrés Duany & Violet
And to Dr. Glasscock, who saved Daisy’s life after the feral cat trauma–Thank you for your skill and kindness. She was worth it, wasn’t she!
And to Robert, from the FEED LOT (shameless plug) who helped us pick out three little balls of fluff from a galvanized tub in your store–You are a fabulous pet-picker!
And to Dennis and Tama, our excellent “chicken sitters”–Thanks for your time and effort and letting us take an occasional vacation.
To Terri, our sweet backyard neighbor who lived in harmony with our girls for nine months (even though she is not a “chicken person”) 🙂
Miss Terri & Ce Ce
And to Jim, who spent countless hours and labor building chicken structures and countless dollars paying for vet bills and pricey organic chicken feed– I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Not many husbands would indulge their crazy wives in such a way. I hate to embarrass you, but here goes…I love you.
The Coop Debut, May 30th, 2011
And to Daisy, Rosie & Violet–Thank you for being the sweetest, prettiest, silliest, smartest chicks a girl could ever know. I’ll miss you very much. Please be good at your new home and never forget your chickmommy.