Remember Smokey, the mean chicken. I swore he was a rooster. He’s BIG and he’s hateful looking. And his name wasn’t originally Smokey but we changed it because I kept threatening that he was going to be put in the smoker and served for dinner!
Remember the night Chad had to catch each chicken, hand them to me to put in the new coop when they were afraid of it . . I was too afraid of Smokey to take him from Chad so Chad had to climb out of the run with the chicken and go put him in the coop.
Well, this morning I was out to pet the chickens through the egg door and guess who hopped up in the laying boxes to be petted! Guess who was the FIRST one to hop up there? You got it . . Smokey! Vince was with me and I was kinda scared of him but Vince said “Go ahead, he just wants to be be petted!” Easy for him to say . . Smokey was in the laying box right next to me! So, I petted him for a while. Then he got closer. I said “Vince, he wants to peck my eyeballs out!” Vince said “No, he just wants to be petted!” Then he tried to escape and I closed the egg door.
But, then, I went out to check for eggs for the 327th time this morning and guess who was sitting in one of the laying boxes!
Please excuse Ruby . . she cannot resist getting in the picture! There’s old Smokey sitting in the laying box . . and sitting and sitting and sitting. Another chicken got up in another box, layed an egg and went out to find bugs . . while Smokey sits in the box.
Vince came out and I said “I think Smokey is fixing to lay an egg and I want to see if I can see it happen.” Yeah, right!
Would you just look at that! Smokey layed a nice greenish blue egg and I saw it happen! All in one day, she was nice to me and she layed a beautiful egg. She IS a she! She can stay! She will not be put on the smoker . . not any time soon anyway!
Oh, Ruby! I can tell what she’s thinking . . What about ME? I lay big, double yolked brown eggs every day and I NEVER get my picture taken sitting on the nest! OK! OK! Here’s a closeup of Ruby smiling for the camera! 🙂
Have I said lately how much I enjoy my chickens?