Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chickens and Me

Magpie Tales #39

Chicken drenched in Golden Curry.
In my opinion is the best type of chicken.
The office was situated,
Down-wind of an egg farm
Acres upon acres of hen houses.
In the summer, the owner of the business
Had a lot of employee turn over
Poor planning on his part.
The hens were there first.
I am a city girl and moving to the middle
Is still a big transition for me,
even after 7 years.
Springfield just passed an ordinance
In a nutshell it states,
Illegal urban chickens are now legal.
You can have up to six of them and one rooster.
Where does one buy an urban chicken?
Aren’t they born in the country, somewhere?
I did learn the reason they call fowl, fowl
because their homes are foul!
I find roosters obnoxious creatures.
I really didn’t want to meet one, but I did.
Renting a cabin at a lake in Northern Arkansas
The caretakers had a hen house with one
Rooster. He was a bastard and
I lasted less than twenty four hours.
It was supposed to be a
peaceful weekend by the lake.
He did not like me, or mine.
I am a city girl and I make no apologies.
I want mayo on my chicken sandwich please!
And I told him so!

© 2010 Kristen Haskell


Kay L. Davies said...

Even when I lived in the country I wasn't particularly interested in socializing with chickens and roosters, so I can sympathize. I'll have a chicken sandwich, too, please, but this time hold the mayo. ;~)
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Helen said...

My mother carried a scar on her right temple from a mean rooster who decided he didn't like her .... Your Magpie is great.

R. Burnett Baker said...

My Dad used to joke that you should never think you've found your chewing gum in a chicken yard. Sounds so silly, but it makes me laugh!

You've made me hungry!


authorwho said...

I did learn the reason they call fowl, fowl because their homes are foul! - ha! Funny and too true. :)

Reflections said...

The hens I could probably share a little space with, but I could do without his noise and attitude! Probably would not do well with chickens.?.

Angie Muresan said...

For me it's all that chicken crap all over the place. I can't stand not being able to go get an egg without slipping and sliding all over it.

Suz said...

Oh this was good!
urban chickens..
say it isn't so

Shari Sunday said...

I laughed out loud. That rooster was a bastard! I'm sure it is true but, as you point out, we people have the last word. I would rather think of them being obnoxious and pooping all over the place than living in those awful little cages where they can't move. Either way, though, I still love to eat them.

willow said...

Oh, this is a wonderful piece, Kristen! Urban chickens, indeed. I always wanted a few chickens here, at the manor, but the city grew up around us. It's probably illegal now. said...

Well, I think I can relate. Don't mind the lady chicks, but the rooster can be scary.

From one city girl to another,
Happy days!
Blog on ...

Jamie Dedes

Gabriela Abalo said...

great Magpie!!

Now I want to eat ;)

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

that's right, girl...don't take any guff from a floggin' rooster

christine said...

Quite delicious!! The curry and the mayo!!LOL

Tumblewords: said...

I so agree with you! Chickens and I would have a hard time being best of friends, although some people would call that foul. Interesting post!

thingy said...

Very nice. : )

Roosters are little thugs, aren't they?

signed...bkm said...

Great write...roosters can be hell to live with they will chase you..peck you then wake you up....enjoy your sandwich...bkm

Rabbit said...

"Illegal Urban Chickens are Now Legal"

There's a story in there somewhere.

rel said...

I live in the center of our village.
30 years ago I tended a flock of chickens, a dozen or so rabbits, and 3 turkey's. The kids wanted to name them so I put a bunch of names in a hat and had them draw them out: Sunday dinner, Easter Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner. The rooster was a nuisance and ended up in the stew pot sooner rather than later.
So, you want some urban chickens? You can get them from an urban cowboy. ;)

kaykuala said...

Brilliantly portrayed. Urban chickens are now legal? That'll be tough. The squalor, the smell and the noise. Nasty neighbours who insist on their rights of choice can create havoc.

Peaceful Pandemonium said...

I have five chickens in the outskirts of the suburbs. There is something so satisfying about having the kids gather fresh eggs every morning.

Marilyn said...

This is good but I grew up on a farm and they weren't too bad ...but i didn't like the muck on the eggs!!

Strummed Words said...

Oh, that nasty rooster!
Silver Rain

Paul C said...

Urban and rural often don't mix. We can hear a roster crowing about a quarter mile from our home. That's close enough for me.

elizabeth said...

agreed! i like my chickens free-range and then dredged and fried

Martin H. said...

When I had a delivery job, many moons ago, I was actually attacked by a rooster with attitude!

Lyn said...

Really fun and charming..No rooster? Just eggs, no chickadees..!
Live chickens are kept in some neighborhoods for rituals..magic..I don't attend!!

Tammy said...

Great magpie!

Myrna R. said...

I actually lived, for a short time, on a chicken farm in Puerto Rico. I can't believe that after a few days, I didn't mind the sell as badly. I was a child then, don't know if I could survive now.

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

Too funny I would like to know where to get an urban chicken as well!

Jingle said...

awesome tale.
your ability in story telling is incredible.

kathew said...

Great post- you entertained all of us sitting around the breakfast table here while on vacation in Mexico. Ole to you!

Brian Miller said...

ha. wonderful story telling...i like how you open and close with the tale inbetween

Carrie Burtt said...

Gotta have the mayo on a chicken sandwich...:-) This is a wonderfully told story it! :-)

Sue J said...

I love a chicken curry too. I think with chickens you either love them or hate them. Nice Magpie.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

urban chickens.. I can see a Pixar movie about it! Bad rooster :(

~T~ said...

I love golden curry! The town next door just passed an urban chicken referendum, but they're only allowed four. We'll see how they smell next summer...

Caty said...

ha ha...loved your ending