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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rita the Rebel / Cantakerous Chicken

There always has to be that one chicken that can't behave.  Meet "Rita the Rebel."  

Or as Hubby calls her, "Biker Chick."
She is faster than speeding light, quicker than lightning, and disliked by many.   And she can escape the chicken run without anyone noticing.

We've spent many evenings doing the chicken chase.
She refuses to be in the coop at night.  Absolutely, downright, refuses to go in after a day out.

A biker calls a car a "cage" and prefers the freedom of a motorcycle.  They don't want to be "caged" in.  Hence, Hubby's nickname for who I call Rita.  She is arrogant and a pain in the rump. 

As Hubby was re-watering them the other night (their water froze), Rita ran right out in a split second.   Getting her in the coop the night before that was another story.  I tricked her by dropping treats all the way to the barn, and yet that little stinker ran right out between my legs.

Later, that same night, I somehow (out of breath from the chase), got ahold of her tail.    

Hubby left her out after she escaped again.  I told that chick if she wanted to be fox food, to go right ahead. 

I found her early morning in the old big barn, just happy as a peach.  Hm.  Should I just leave her be?  Nope.  The chase will be back on later.  I can't have her bringing in raccoons, owls, fox, and other varmints.  Even though she makes me so mad....


Vicki said...

I tend to favor the cranky ones in the animal world. They have so much more personality than the more docile and well behaved. But then, I'm not the one who has to chase them down. :)

Kristina said...

Vicki, I have not only have one naughty chicken, but two pups that test the waters with me often.

Rain said...

Lol..I love your description, though I'm sure it's not all that funny to have to chase her!! Can you leash her? I guess that wouldn't work!!! :)

Kristina said...

Rain, she was left out all night, but met me at the hay when feeding the goats. She decided it wasn't a good idea to be out in freezing cold, snowing, windy weather. I hope she grows out of her defiant attitude, ha ha!

Rain said...

Lol...when the dogs get defiant, we always say they are reverting back to the "terrible two's" - I guess Mom's can relate! :)

Susan said...

There's always one, isn't there? I have one that prefers the ducks but then decides that she wants to be a chicken after dark - usually after I have not noticed that she's hiding behind the duck house and close the chicken coop. PIB.

Katmom said...

luv it! A 'chick with an attitude!"!

Kristina said...

Susan, your comment made me laugh.

Kristina said...

Katmom, she definitely has an attitude, lol!

RB said...

There's always one, isn't there. LOL
The only way I know of to deal with an animal like that, chicken or otherwise, is put ALL food and water where you want them to be, and NOTHING anywhere else.
And with a chicken, make sure her wings aren't clipped so she can fly to safety if she needs to.
Other than that, I don't believe there's a way to win with her.
Prayers everyone is safe in the storm hitting the northeast. We had it Sunday, and it went on up the coast.
God bless.