Houdi and Gracie are always together. Always!
She’s still just a little, bitty chicken!
Every morning when I let the bantams out, Houdi and Gracie are the first ones to come bouncing out of the coop. Thelma and Smokie are next. The hens, Tiffany, Louise and Sallie, kinda hang out in the coop for a while because the men are waiting for them right outside the coop door . . waiting to do what roosters do. Those guys could benefit from a lesson in . . nevermind . . let’s not go there. I will say they are not very gentle or kind!
This morning I opened the coop door about 6:30. Houdi came bounding out . . but where was Gracie? Next came Thelma and Smokie . . just like always. After a few minutes, Tiffany, Louise and Sallie cautiously made their way out and yes, “the usual” happened. Still no Gracie. I went out and watered the garden, came back a couple of times to see if she was out. Nope. I was too scared to look inside the coop. I didn’t want to be the one to find her. I watered the fruit trees, came back, no Gracie. I hoped that maybe she had gone up on the second floor and was too scared to get down. I had to act like an adult and check on her. Nope, didn’t see her up there. She could have been back in the back of the egg boxes but I really didn’t want to be the one to find her so I didn’t look very closely. I called Vince and told him something had happened to Gracie. In his gentle and kind spirit, he said “That’s what happens when you have animals on a farm!” Huh? It’s Gracie! Can’t you come home? No, I didn’t really say that but I thought it.
A couple of times Houdi went in the coop like he was looking for Gracie, but he came out without her. I just knew she was gone!
I went back out to fill the cows’ tank and I looked over in the run . .
There was Gracie! Where on earth had that chicken been and does she know she almost had me in tears! I was thinking .. not the kitten and now Gracie in the same week!
I do know that’s how life is on the farm . . but I don’t have to like it. I’m glad she’s out there and hope she doesn’t do that again any time soon.