Friday, September 20, 2013

Lagniappe: Lifting Chickens

From my quote journal.
I have new chickens, layers eight weeks old. When they were chicks living under lights in the mudroom, I made a practice of picking them up one at a time, those that would let me. And now when I enter the poultry yard, I feel like a one-man midway at the chicken fair, birds standing in line waiting to be picked up. No good can come of lifting chickens, I can almost hear my dad thinking that, though he's gone now, too. And yet the birds churr and cluck, and I leave the yard happy.
Verlyn Klinkenborg
More Scenes from the Rural Life
This is indelibly in my mind's eye ... all those chickens lining up for their turn to be lifted. I laugh out loud every time I read it.


  1. If I can't find my nine year old daughter, I can be pretty sure she's in the chicken coop, holding chickens.

  2. Oh Julie, thanks for making me laugh! What joy that image...