Chickens

have been on my mind. I've raised a variety of them over the years. As a kid the first chicken coop I recall was about 8' by 8' and tall enough to walk into. It had several inches of wood chips covering the floor, a waterer, feed trough, and a crushed shell dispenser. There were several poles from wall to wall about 4' off the floor for a roost. Those chickens had access to a fenced in yard. In later years I had a similar coop but no fence. Those chickens were allowed to roam - what they call "free-range" today. They would be out picking at whatever growth appealed to them and worms most of the day. But as the sun started to go down they would go inside to roost. Which brings me to my point: there was nothing vengeful or evil about them "coming home to roost". It was actually the opposite - returning to their safe spot. So how did we get from that to the evil connotation implied by newscasters for that same expression ?
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Ah, the memories. We moved to a different farm in 1953, and I was 3 years old. For several years we had the chicken coop with a small opening (doggy door of today would be the example), and when the hens were in at night to roost, we would close that opening. This was to keep out nocturnal predators out. I remember the old hens being followed by a brood of baby chicks in the spring and summer. Anyway, the coyotes started coming up through the corn field and snatching a chicken as they were out on their daily free range romp. Dad had to erect an open pen of chicken wire for the day time outings. The chickens did not seem to know the difference as long as they were well fed. It was my job to collect the eggs, and I hated doing it as some of the old hens were kind of mean and did not want me to take their eggs away!! Sometimes on Sunday morning, Mom would pick out a few of the younger chickens to be honored guests at Sunday dinner. My older sister's job was to chop their heads off and bleed them out. My job was to pluck them. The smell was awful as we dipped them into hot water to loosen the feathers!! Mom wanted them picked clean, with only a few pinfeathers left when I would finally be done to her approval. The fried chicken, mashed potato and chicken gravy dinner was the best ever!!
Later,
Dale P
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