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A Long Night

on October 10, 2014

Picture if you will a dark and stormy night and a little fabulous Frizzle rooster named Franklin, lost in the woods…..
No, seriously it really was a dark and stormy night and the wind that howled carried with it a reminder that winter would soon be here, in fact the wind had blown so hard that it had blown the coop door shut. With no way to get in to the coop the girls and one fabulous Frizzle rooster had figured out different places to roost for the night. Plum (my favorite hen) was roosted on the duck house so I carefully picked her up and carried her to the coop, the whole way she informed me about her displeasure of being locked out of her own house for the night. I in returned explained that I was so sorry and did what any responsible adult would do and I blamed it on the kids. I set her gently on the coop floor and told her I was truly sorry. I then went back and got one of her chicks that had been roosted next to her and carried her to the coop, thankfully she chose the the silent treatment. Okay that’s 2 down now only 8 more hens, and one fabulous Frizzle rooster left to round up,no problem. I mean really how hard can it be to find a bunch of chickens in the dark, not to worry I have an app for that, well not for finding chickens, although a tracking device for locating free ranging chickens would be an awesome idea, but my app is a flashlight on my phone. I stood in the middle of the yard armed with my mighty phone flash light and looked around hoping that I would hear a little “hey over here.” the only thing I could hear was the howling of the wind and Plum she was now roosted in the hen-house still expressing her displeasure, I actually hoped that all her clucking would get some response from the missing ones, but nope of course it can’t be that easy. Where to start and then it dawned on me, the hay shed.
Sure enough I found Red we use to have a Blue, 29 ,I got her for my birthday and I named her after my age of course, okay so that may have been my age a few years ago but who’s counting and Grace our beautiful Lavender Orpington all roosted on the back braces of the shed. Directly below them on a pile of hay was One Fabulous Frizzle named Franklin, you see the very thing that makes Franklin so amazingly handsome is also the same thing that makes him unable to fly, his curly feathers. The hens were high enough up that I figured that they would be safe for the night but little Franklin was prime for the picking being that he was pretty much roosted on the ground so I reached down and picked him up and that’s when he let out what I can only describe as a chicken scream and jumped out of my arms. He did not stick around for me to pick him up again, he actually took off at full speed across the yard. Concerned for his safety I ran after him shining my flashlight on him like I was the police with a spotlight and he was one of America’s Most Wanted. I was gaining on him when kicked in his jet pack, his little legs were moving at top speed and then to make the chase more interesting he added the old “bob and weave, bob and weave move.” We were just about to the coop when he zigged and I zagged at full speed and he ran straight into a the harrows on the ground. The sound he made before was nothing compared to this death cry. I figured that any coyotes that missed hearing exactly where the first cry had come from were surely locked on to his location now. Some how he just bounced off the harrows and with his speed not slowing he headed straight in to the bushes behind our house. Now the fact that he can’t hardly fly and he’s now crying at the top of his lungs I just knew that he would be gone before morning. A rooster with his amazingly good looks does not come around every day and I headed in for the night thinking that I would never be able to replace him……it was a long night! The next morning I headed out to see what we had left for Chickens and I was happy to hear the little Cock a Doodle Doo that I have come to love. There stood Franklin in the middle of the yard, standing proud with his little head held high in the air and he was calling his girls in. Thankful they all survived the night.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.......

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…….


One response to “A Long Night

  1. Nancy G. MacKenzie says:

    Another good tale,

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