Chicken TV – has become a spring/summer past time for us. That’s what we call the time we spend sitting in our camp chairs near the chicken coop watching the chickens as they peck and scratch and do what chickens do. It’s usually the last half hour or so before the chickens go in for the night. It really can be quite entertaining especially when they are young.
Our Buff Orpingtons are the friendliest of the four breeds that we have and Honey one of our oldest hens will usually sit on my husbands lap. Last year some of buffs that we raised as chicks would also sit on our laps or climb on our shoulders while we sat and watched the group.
This year we have decided not to get attached to the buffs that we are raising since we intend to butcher them before long. We didn’t hold or pet them even when they were adorable little balls of fluff.
Saturday evening my husband got out my chair and put it near the chicken coop. He then asked for my camera and told me to sit down. I sat in my chair and before long I had chickens on my lap.
“Close your eyes,” my husband warned me, “they will peck your eyes.”
So while I sat there with my eyes closed, my husband snapped pictures and counted as each of the young buffs landed on me.
Within about two minutes I played roost to all 10 young buffs and had become the star of Chicken TV.
My husband knew this was going to happen because he had the same experience the night before when I was not with him.
I don’t mind one or two chickens sitting on me but this was way too much, so he helped me clear them off and the he went about teaching them to use the ramp to get into the coop. They were just about there but one just couldn’t resist saying a special good night to him.