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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)

By Susan Montaperto


Over the past fifty years, Iíve shared my life with dogs, cats and schools of tropical fish. In addition to being around horses twice a week when my teenaged daughter has her English Riding lessons. So, when my husband and I decided to raise chickens for eggs, in our backyard, we thought this is no big deal; our neighbors have been doing it for two years.

Well, first, chicks are sold in the springtime. This is because they do not lay eggs until they are around 20 weeks old. If you buy chickens between the months of March and April, then they should start laying in late August or early September.

Once you have your chicks, it does not matter how many you have whether it is three, six, or sixteen or three dozen, you will discover one thing they do all the time --- they TALK! It starts when they are very young. We bought four Americauna chicks last year in the spring and they were chirping when we brought them home and they were only three days old. And they were chattering all the way home.

They are always cheeping and cheeping and cheeping. It never stops. It does not matter what is going on around them. They cheep, chirp and nonstop talk.

They talk when they are sitting; they talk when they are walking around foraging in the backyard. They talk when they are roosting. Should another hen get in a henís favorite nesting area, you would think the world had just ended the verbal explosions that pour forth, itís probably a good thing, and Iím NOT conversant in ďHENSPEAK!Ē

But boy, oh boy, you should hear the one hen who just laid an egg. The level of cackling, as she runs down the ramp and announces to the world al large that she has worked a miracle and laid her own egg!!!

Yes, it may seem very much like ďMuch Ado About Nothing, we do know it is not a miracle, but we are grateful for the fact that we have not had to buy eggs from the store, since last September, and I do feel a little closer to Godís Creation, having lived with Chickens and chicks for the past year. And now we are raising a second flock of baby chicks!

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Helen Curtis08/05/11
I love this!! I didn't know that chickens were so chatty (I think I need to ask my parents why they nicknamed me "Chooky" as a little girl!). I love the humour and the lessons learned by your chickens. Well done!
Juliette Chamberlain-Bond08/06/11
'Hen brained' is a common derogatory term.
I'm really pleased that those chicken do not subscribe to that concept.
An enjoyable read, on a very endearing (if somewhat unusual matter)subject.
Mildred Sheldon08/06/11
I enjoyed your witty story. Growing up in the country I can relate. Chickens never shut up and you can tell by the talking when each lays eggs. A very cute and enjoyable story. Thank you.
K Godfrey Easter08/06/11
Very enjoyable chick story. It made me laugh, as it also made me reminisce about my Chow-Chow, Zero, that I recently lost.

Punctuation made it a bit difficult to read in a few places, but I made it safely through to the other side. Besides, after posting my article under this week's topic, I discovered errors, too. I guess we should both better edit our work before sumitting, huh?

I never knew that din meant noise. Thank you.

Remain blessed,
diana kay08/08/11
cackling hens LOL chatter like a chicken. i did not know this either. love the story. we talk about "hensteeth" and "being chicken" but i have learnt new things :-)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/10/11
This was so funny! My only suggestion would be not to use the actual title of the topic Your words were strong enough to show it was on topic. Like hens, many people chat on and an about nothing. This is a a fun read.