The chickens that are currently residing in the barn (not ours, but the former owner’s – we’re just letting them stay there until the mules come) are a curious bunch. While they have their own protected “pasture” area, they also have the freedom to go into the main yard. Generally they stick around the barn, but occasionally one or two get brave and venture over towards the house. On Sunday we even had one right by the front door (perhaps looking to see what was on the dinner menu that day). When Mrs. B returns at night to water the goats, the chickens are usually put to bed and the barn is quiet for the night.
Yesterday was the exception, as Mrs. B came early to water the goats so the chickens were still wanting to enjoy the warm sunshine rather than bedding down for the night. Two in particular thought it would be fun to roam around the back yard. Now, I don’t mind closing up the barn after the swallows are in for the night, but wrangling up chickens is not my idea of fun. Thankfully, I was able to call 1-800-Chix-B-gon and get their team of professional chicken catchers out to the farm to assist in my dilemma. Their fees weren’t too expensive (scoop of ice cream with toppings), so I hired them on the spot.
They were there right away to get the two wayward chickens back into the barn. Running in circles, working as a team, the face off between the chickens and the professionals was a site to see. Finally, the pros won and the chickens raced into the safety of the barn. Of course, within 5 minutes those chickens were brave enough to try to sneak back out (thinking that this will be exactly what two teenage girls might be trying on me in about 8 years…). The wranglers were wise to the chickens’ moves and got them shooed into the barn once again. Fifteen minutes, another dash for freedom from the chickens and the professionals were back on the chase. This time, there was more walking than running for all involved.
Life on a farm is teaching me some valuable lessons. If you ever find yourself in need of someone to help you get chickens in a barn, call my girls.
And if you’re looking for ways to get your children to work out some excess energy, I recommend getting some chickens.