Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The chicken line

Sunday afternoon I spent some time sitting outside reading a book and soaking up some of this beautiful spring sun.  The chickens were out scratching around in the dirt and had come closer to the house since I was out, also.  The birds were singing, bees were buzzing.

And then a hawk made a little screech from above our heads.

Before I share with you the "rest of the story", I want to make sure you know that hawks kill chickens.  I have seen one swoop down into our chicken pen and kill one.  The hawk wasn't able to pick it up to carry it out, but if I had not been there, it would have had a good, big meal.  After that day we have kept either chicken wire or a roof over the girl's heads.

So, back to Sunday afternoon...

The hawk screeched and the chickens did a very funny thing.  All at one time they ran under a magnolia tree, lined up in a straight line, stretched their bodies very tall, and stood totally still.  They only stayed that way for about 5 seconds, but it was long enough for me to watch them and wonder to myself, "When did they practice that move?"

I have never seen the chicken line.  We have heard hawks before and the girls have only run toward some shelter.  This time they looked like short, feathery fence posts in a perfectly straight line.  It was really funny.

If you like chicken humor.


  1. Cindy, you have some very lovely chickens! They are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for!

  2. wish you'd gotten a picture of the "line"! that's funny! :)

  3. That's so funny! I read it to my co-worker and we both lol'd! :) I can just picture it! :D