Friday, November 7, 2008

Charming Chicks

Today I picked up a thing of worms for my chickens, mostly because I couldn't believe there were containers of worms on the shelf at the convenience store I had stopped at, and because I wanted to give my girls a treat.

I thought this would be pretty straightforward, I would set out the container of dirt and worms, they'd dig the worms out and eat them similar to the manner in which a pelican swallows a fish. Quick and painless.

Instead, I set out the container and they tried to run into the house behind me. I shooed them back out and directed them back to the container and they lined up and stared at me expectantly. I picked up a small stick and stirred around until I saw some worms and set it back down.

Chicka immediately snatched one up, Ha! I thought, They get it! She proceeded to shake her head back and forth frantically. The other chicks noticed she had something and began to shriek and chase her. She began to run, also shrieking, while thrashing her head and the worm back and forth while they attempted to snatch it. They corner her and start pecking and she tosses the worm aside and throws down into a full on chicken fight, a flurry of wings and shrieks. Within seconds they all forget about the whole ordeal and start pecking at chicken feed, as the worm crawls away behind them.

This has been repeated at least 30 times in the last hour, and the area is littered with tortured and dying worms. A few have been eaten, so it's not like they don't like them, they just keep forgetting.

I think next time we'll just skip the worms. That's no way to die and the chicks are just as happy with a piece of bread.

17 comments:

peggy and The Cats said...

Hey- when I had chickens (2), I would go to a fish bait place and by 100 crickets. Cost about $3 and they loved them. The crickets fast movements kept the chickens focused so they wouldn't forget that they were eating....

Theresa said...

I guess I'm going to hell with you, because that is funny shit!

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

OMG, they're as bad as the kids!

Smoochiefrog said...

That was the funniest thing I've read in awhile.

I read it to Mr. Smoochiefrog and the only thing he could say was "Why does she have chickens?". Men!

Kimberly said...

That is no way to die... I cracked up. That is something I know I would say.

julie & joe said...

OMG! I just found your blog and it is the best!!!!! I LOVE your blog from yesterday, too funny.

Missives From Suburbia said...

I don't know if they're retarded. Maybe they just have ADHD?

Lauren said...

I think that have to feed them the worms out of your mouth since that is what there mothers do. (At least in the cartoons) You are their mother and all.

Ashley said...

Miss., it would have to be pretty severe ADD, but that's a thought.

Lauren, two of them are adopted, so I'm really only obligated to dangle worms from my mouth for Chicka, but I don't love her that much.

Mrs de Miranda said...

hahaha this is too funny!!!

Im so gonna add you to the reader!

mrs said...

So, so funny! Thanks for the laugh.

Anonymous said...

I know you don't want to write a book, but it's your destiny. You will come to accept it in time.
You make such clear pictures when your write, not to mention, they are funny as hell too.

Jennifer said...

All I can do is laugh. Funny stuff.

Kim said...

See you in hell, because I think that's hysterical.

I felt like Ashley for the first time today as I got my own hate mail on my blog. . . it's sort of exhilarating!

Joy said...

That is some seriously funny shit. I second get the crickets I think they would like them, or meal worms they are small and may be easier to eat in one bite. You can more than likely find both of these at the same place you got the worms

Melodie said...

Why is there no video of this hilarity? Especially since you say they've repeated this over and over again. You have to remember you have people to entertain here.

Stella said...

Not than you have anything better to do....but seriously, for The Closet, can you please get that on video?