Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Darlin' Clementine

Moms are never supposed to play favorites, but I am not sure that rule applies for chicken moms. I'll admit that Clementine is my favorite chicken because she's so amazingly docile, friendly and eager to please. She never runs away from me when she's out of the coop and when I'm holding her she lets out such a low soft coo that lets me know she really likes the attention. I'd go so far as to say she's a bit of a lap chicken.


I brought her out of the run yesterday for a little photo shoot. We can't let the chickens loose in the yard thanks to the hoards of ravenous eagles and hawks that circle our yard just waiting for one little chicken nugget to be left unattended - plus there's that overzealous German Shepherd who's dying for a feathered playmate. But on rare occasion, I'll lock up the dog and keep an eye on the sky while I let Clem have a little walk around the yard with me. She likes to hang a piece of grass out of her mouth in a tribute to Andy Griffith.


My three-year-old saw her walking by and reached down, scooped her up and sat on the bench with her. This is definitely a life highlight for him since all other small animals (namely our cats) run from him like he's the chupacabra himself. The fact that Clementine is quite happy to be picked up by him just makes him beam from ear to ear.


She looks just as cute walking away.


But no girl likes it when the wind blows your skirt up.


Maybe I should have called her Marilyn Monroe. She is blonde after all.

10 comments:

Sue said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love the pictures. Your son is toooo cute-what a sweetie.
I had a favorite chicken too! I think that's okay to favor a chicken......

Erin said...

I can't believe how "grown up" she is now, lol! Great pictures!

Annie's Granny said...

I've never been very fond of chickens, but I think I could fall in love with Clem :-)

Ribbit said...

You're a hoot! But the Chupacabra can't be your boy. It lives in the woods behind my house. The neighborhood swears on it.

The chicken is a mighty, beautiful diva.

Kelly said...

What a darling bird she is! Your little man clearly loves his chickens, what a great thing for the boys to experience.

Ana-Maria said...

Nice photography.

Lo said...

Love it!! Clem made me smile. You know I needed that :)

whiterice said...

The last photo must be framed!

One note of caution - kimchi made the mistake of proclaiming Nadine her favorite. Well, in a matter of months, Nadine went from docile, sweet, introvert to a bossy, pushy little beast.

Your posts are always so fun to read - thanks for sharing.

kimchi said...

Don't worry, we have our favorite too! I especially love the fluffy chicken butts - sometimes all 4 of ours line up in a row mooning us like 4 little old ladies bending over to pull weeds. Looks like yours are growing up quickly and will be laying soon - that will be exciting!

Annie's Granny said...

Kate, I need to get a message to you. Could you please email me at anniebloom1 at gmail dot com

Granny

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