Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hard Time Hens


My chickens are in jail doing hard time over their criminal offenses in our garden. We have a four foot fence around our garden and it wasn’t enough to keep them out. The younger hens haven’t put on enough” henny” weight to keep them from flying and we’d find a couple of them ripping up stuff in the raised beds. Now they are locked in the Super Max until the garden is finished for the year.

Their enclosed yard has ample room to keep them occupied, and they get a daily dose of entertainment, be it table scraps, flakes of straw, weeds, bags of lawn clippings. Their diet isn’t suffering and the quality of the eggs is still as good as ever.

There is no way to reform a chicken. If we let them out today they would offend again by this evening. So it's the Hoosegow until the frost reclaims the garden.

4 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Hardened criminals, are they? And if you turned your back for an instant they'd fly the coop.. I never realized the recidivism rate among chickens was so high. But it makes sense. Most of the inmates I know are chickens at heart.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Lachlan said...

Hoosegow is a word not used nearly often enough.

I also am rather fond of "clink".

1:39 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

"The Slammer" is also good and sometimes somewhat prophetic.

4:58 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lach, I like that word, too.

Darev, being you work in a prison I'm sure you can come up with even more colorful terms. What are calling it on the inside these days?

5:33 AM  

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