Early Morning Domesticated Fowl

I’m going to be off for most of next week, so today is sort of like the first day of vacation. Thought I’d sleep in. But nooooooo!

The chickens started raising holy hell before sunup. My husband and I were scrambling around to find bathrobes and get outside to check it out. We thought something was EATING our chickens, from the racket. I made myself decent first (since I can see in the dark) and ran out the back door.

As soon as I opened the door, the chickens chilled out, all except the one pictured above (Dorito), who was on top of the hen house, squawking like mad. She was pissed off or scared about something. I petted her for awhile, and she eventually calmed down. I suspect this lovely Australorp below was picking on her:

Joan Jett (that’s her name) is beautiful, but she’s kind of mean. What are y’all up to today?

42 replies
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    c u n d gulag says:

    I’m looking to do what I do every day – as little as humanly possible.
    Being unemployed, I’ve kinda made an art-form of that. :-)

    Enjoy your vacation, Ms. Cracker!

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    c u n d gulag says:

    Oh, and maybe to give her a hint that she’d better be nicer, change her name from “Joan Jett,” to “STOCK!”

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    aimai says:

    Going out to check on an, uh, educational opportunity. I’m thinking about going back to school, getting another degree in a different field, and retooling for the next umpteen empty nest years. Then my parents, who are in their 80’s, are having open studios for their rockin’ post empty nest lifestyle. I’ll probably go help out and try to buy up my favorite pieces before they can sell them.


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    General Stuck says:

    What are y’all up to today?

    I plan to start a massive flame war then slip out the back door.

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    Nunca el Jefe says:

    I think it’s cool that you can pet your chickens.

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    Phylllis says:

    Going to try my hand at the Bourbon Bundt Cake featured in this month’s Southern Living. Enjoy your time off,

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    General Stuck says:

    Joan Jett (that’s her name) is beautiful

    Fine figure of a hen. Nice legs and a purdy mouth.

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    PeakVT says:

    I was thinking about trying to take over the world, but I might settle for a mid-afternoon nap.

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    Baud says:


    If only Hitler had taken more naps…

    (Yes, I went Godwin in a post about chickens. Ha!)

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    General Stuck says:

    AZ gun shop owner shoots self in both bidness feets.

    No guns for you smelly hippy.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    At one cousin’s wake last night I met another cousin I had never heard of before. So I am going to spend a few hours with him, and the parents of the cousin who died, instead of cleaning my house. Much more enjoyable, if not as productive.

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    mai naem says:

    There is an area in in Phoenix(midtown,not some rural area) that has some I believe they call them feral hens and roosters. I don’t know crap about chickens but there are some really beautiful chickens. Really big red ones, a black one and a mostly white with a little black one. I have been told its illegal to kill them. They also have some wild peacocks running around in the same area. Its just odd seeing them running around in such an urban area.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Maybe Dorito saw Ernie Anastos lurking around Taj Mahen.

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    @General Stuck:
    This genius could very easily wind up chasing fellow Republicans out of his shop, just because they weren’t inclined to share how they voted. Someone needs to stay on the guy, and report this if it happens.

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    dr. bloor says:


    I’m thinking about going back to school, getting another degree in a different field, and retooling for the next umpteen empty nest years.

    You should consider the wingnut welfare trade. Cash by the truckload, and no edumacation required.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @dr. bloor:

    I’m really sorry to say I got this reference.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @aimai: …my parents, who are in their 80’s, are having open studios for their rockin’ post empty nest lifestyle. I’ll probably go help out and try to buy up my favorite pieces before they can sell them.

    If I may ask, what type of art do your patents make? I hope you get the pieces you want.

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    WereBear says:

    More work on the new website, upgrading from the purdy but search-engine-ugly iWeb version.

    Reading How to Write a Business Plan, which I suspect will be easier than actually writing one.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Going to watch the Gopher Womens hockey team (defending national champs) attempt to set the record for the most consecutive wins this afternoon. Taking the grandkids & making a day of it.

    Before last nights game a bunch of the boosters were discussing politics (one of them is the mayor of Rochester another is J Michael who posts here occasionally) and have some fun at Batshit Bachmanns expense. Someone mentioned the budget and one guy said:”Say what you want about George W. Bush but he did have one good idea, privatizing social security!” I actually felt sorry for him has a half dozen people laughed rather derisively at him.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @aimai: I was contemplating something very similar, Aimai (going back to school, I mean). Don’t know if I’ll actually do it, but it’s fun to think about.

    @WereBear: You’ve probably already seen this. So cute! I’m a dog person, but that made me want a cat.

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    I’ve started reading A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng. Enke was first-string goalkeeper for Hannover 96 and Germany when he jumped in front of a moving train at the age of 32, exactly three years ago last week.

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    CA Doc says:

    Waiting to see if I’m really going to have to spend the day standing in the wind and rain at a U14 soccer tournament. I love watching my son play, but not in this kind of weather!

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    WereBear says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yes, I have, I think I found out about it from a commenter here on BJ. Adorable indeed.

    I’m both a dog and cat person, but under my present circumstances, I have to be cats only. Which is not a handicap; Mr WereBear, former dog person who liked cats, has become Totally Assimilated, and no longer wants dogs at all!

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    She was pissed off or scared about something. I petted her for awhile, and she eventually calmed down.

    Tell Karl Rove to go home, he’s drunk. (Or still in hiding.)

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    aimai says:


    My father is a (great) photographer so I don’t have to worry, he can make copies. My mother does everything: monotypes, oils, watercolors, collages, and those she only sometimes makes available as a giclee. She has a series of beans (yes, beans) in acrylic which I just passionately love each and every one–they all have wonderful names and personalities. She once did an amazing series of ghastly, slightly William Blake looking pregnant male angels looking miserable as they realize they can’t push the assumption off on Mary but have to do the work of the pregnancy and birth themselves.


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    Gravenstone says:

    Woke up to the sounds of shotguns in the distance (first day of gun deer season up here). Aside from the usual weekend chores, figure it’ll be another extended dive down the X-Com rabbit hole.

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    shortstop says:

    Fitty errands to do before blowing town on a trip. And a family birthday party, then sushi with a dear friend as a reward for having survived the family birthday party.

    I like looking at pictures of Betty’s hens. (Doesn’t that sentence make me sound like the kind of sketchy character who would make people draw their hens close?)

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    Schlemizel says:

    Speaking of chickens, but branching out into fornication of said fowl, I decided to drop in on the “Ed Marshall” thread from yesterday to see what happened. It appears to have died down until very late when a new person suddenly shows up fully supporting Ed. Eddy comes back with the final word:

    @Ed Marshall: If I really wanted to dish dirt on Team Tech it wouldn’t be about Narwhal not working. I was amused by the suspicion that I was some sort of Republican mole, but if we know the same people, if I really hated them there is so much more to talk about.

    What a POS.

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    aimai says:


    Isn’t that called ‘credible friend’? When someone shows up, at the elventh hour, to support your side in an internet war? I took “Ed’s” point which is that of course the socio-anthro-marketing people really did the heavy lifting but dishing the dirt on people you didn’t work with and dissing their hard work becuase they were in another division just seems weird.


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    WereBear: You’ve probably already seen this. So cute! I’m a dog person, but that made me want a cat.

    Very cute, but what I loved was an ad on that page (for a pillow or needlepoint or something, I didn’t click) that said: Kitties will puke on everything you love. LOL.

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    Ken says:

    This is why my wife & I don’t have domestic fowl around the house.

    Working on a couple proposals that are due Monday, while I wait for the frost to lift. Finish raking leaves this afternoon, watch Ohio State-Wisconsin, then grill something or other (no, not early rising chicken..) for dinner. Ah, autumns in western NY.

    Enjoy your vacation, Betty.

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    Schlemizel says:


    I have worked in campaigns in one capacity or another since I was old enough to stuff an envelope and have run into way too many ‘Eds’. They may be OK guys, they may actually be a big help to the campaign but they always want you to believe they are the real power, they know the real inside dope and the whole thing would have fallen apart if not for them. I hate them. If they spout off inside they tend to hurt feelings & cause resentments, if they spout off outside they tend to make the whole operation look bad.

    In every sufficiently large operation there are going to be egos and conflicts and different takes on whats happening. If your goal is to get your candidate over the top you suck it up, shut up, do your job and win. If your goal is to impress the boys at the end of the bar or try to pick up a girl late at night when even that last hangers-on are not THAT drunk you brag about how those other guys were failures & you know the real dirt about what went down. If anybody calls you on it you show them a picture of you shaking hands with the candidate – I mean how many people in a campaign actually get close enough to the candidate to actually shake his or her hand?

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    AdamK says:

    My two cats woke me up making a yowling racket. The black one was picking on the orange one. Go figure.

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    Arabella says:

    My hens were lonney tunes this morning as well. The dog had a barking fit in the middle of the night as well. I’m painting shoes and trying to sew dress that does not want to be made.

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    Chris Grrr™ says:

    @Nunca el Jefe: I thought the same thing – it’s neat that you can pet your chickens. That says something nice about the management.

    Dorito looks irked in that photo, which is definitely a keeper.

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    Joan Jett is just jealous because her droopy neck things and mohawk are less huge and floppy than Dorito, who is obviously so much more womanly than Joan.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Betty Cracker: I will bet you the whole kerfluffle was that Dorito stepped outside her accepted pecking order norms and Joan was just enforcing her authoritah. Chickens have a very strict and rigidly enforced social order, and these dust-ups are quite common. It’s good that you checked though, the squaking from social enforcement doesn’t deviate from the predator spotting squaks.

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    WaterGirl says:


    Kitties will puke on everything you love

    Wow, how true is that. Not sure I’d want it on a pillow, but you can’t argue with the truth!

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    passerby says:

    Joan Jett (that’s her name) is beautiful, but she’s kind of mean.

    Aww. She’s not mean, she’s just bossy. There’s a difference.

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    ruemara says:

    I’m dozing because that’s how my meds roll, but I hope to review a book of old poetry I found and see if they move me to draw something, then I have an article to flesh out and a design layout to mess with.

    Wow, I feel asleep before I could hit submit. It’s about an hour or so later.

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