Living in The Netherlands, my brain sometimes picks the the easiest word in either English or Dutch. Chicken in Dutch is kippen (plural) or kip (single). Naturally my brain now picks the easiest to verbally explain our chickens to anyone in English or Dutch. So, let me introduce our kippen (chickens) to followers.
Named provided by my daughter-in-law who lives in St Louis, MO. She thought that we should name the chicken with the most anxiety, Chicken Little. In these difficult times of 2020 and all that surrounds it there are more than enough humans that seem to be screaming the Chicken Little story. This hen is the one who flies the coop whenever she thinks she has the opportunity. We think it is because she is looking to escape the current world situation.
I have always loved this name and when my fly fishing buddy (Janet) in Canada provided several names for our chickens, Esmeralda was the my favorite! We received the perfect chicken for such a name. A white chicken with a beautiful black cap and black tail. She has become the queen of the roost. She sits high on the branch and overlooks her fellow run mates. She likes hanging out with Chicken Little more than with the other two hens.
There is always one bad ass in every group. This one was named for her disposition. She is bossy and picks on the other hens but she is not top boss. She is pretty smart as she is the first to figure out that the stick inside the hens house is for roosting at night. The other hens huddle in the corner of the house waiting for who knows what, maybe a personal suggestion to get on the roost.
The real hen house boss and leader. She is a bit anti- social (aren’t most leaders?). She was the first to walk bravely out of the box and into the hen house. She was the first to guard the door into the hen house at night. She is the one who puts Chickass into her place when she gets a bit too much for the other hens. Thanks Anouk (Hubby’s daughter) for providing a name that seems to be perfect for the leader in the hen house.
There you have it! They are here and settled. We are very busy with them, the garden, and our daily hunting for food stuffs at our local stores and farms.
The Hubby is still moving airplanes around and as of today (fingers crossed) he will have the last plane out of Minnesota and back on Dutch soil. We will breath a sigh of relief when that happens. Now the hard work will start, maintaining aircraft that are not flying (yes, that has to be done!).
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Take some time to breath, relax, and find joy in the little things that are important to you.
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