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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chicken Terror

The chickens are terrified this week. Chilling sounds are emanating from beyond the arborvitae wall: The high-pitched whine of an industrial-size dentist’s drill, rapid-fire popping of metal interspersed with rhythmic clangs and banging doors opening and closing without end. The cacophony is brought to a crescendo by the high-volume blast of Classic Rock. Our neighbor’s house is being re-sided.

The chicks cannot see the workers, they can only hear the noise. With each new sound I watch the chickens as they visibly shrink, hoping to disappear. Their nerves are shattered and they’re not laying.

Yesterday gunshots entered the fray! A 3-shot gun salute blasted from the nearby cemetery. The chicks acted like they’d each been shot. With heads turning wildly and eyes bulging crazily, they darted for cover shrieking a chorus of high A’s.

Chicken Little times three.


  1. Love the blog! Where else can I get The Food Channel, DIY Network, The
    History Channel, Travel Channel and Entertainment tonight all rolled into
    one? Chickens are in my future!! I'm just expecting now....

    P.L. from Prior Lake

  2. Poor need little chicken earplugs!

    Janice, pick up the latest (Oct?) issue of This Old House Magazine to read an article about backyard chicken coops! Let me know if you have a problem finding it and I can get it to you.


  3. Tim,
    I loved the article in This Old House magazine about chicken coops. The chicken revolution is spreading!

  4. now you'll need to post egg-free recipes :-) !

  5. Poor babies. With this, they will be ready for anything.



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