Why don’t I have my camera handy when I need it most?
Last night my husband and I went out for a much-needed date. We left at 5:30 – too early for the chickens to come in from free-ranging – and got back at 9:30 – late enough that the chickens had put themselves into bed – all over the barn. A couple on top of the hay feeder, a couple up in the rafters, a few more along the top of Dizzy’s gate, one on the feedroom gate. And one turkey, Trixie, up on Bonniebelle’s gate. While I was in the barn a couple of chickens decided to find new roosting spots. A small black feather-footed hen that I call Mary and William calls Penguin rearranged herself on a low wall that divides Dizzy’s pen from Bonnie’s pen. For some reason this irked Bonnie. She gave poor Mary-Penguin a quick nose push into Dizzy’s pen.
Then Bonnie looked at me with mischief in her eyes and said ‘watch this!’
Her gate is pretty tall so she had to stretch her neck tall. She stretched, and stretched some more, and grabbed the turkey’s breast with her mouth and shook! The turkey pushed up onto tippy-toes and extracted her breast from Bonnie’s mouthing – leaving two wet white feather stuck on Bonnie. In perfect kiss shaped arches! Where was that camera!?
Bonnie – having no idea how ridiculous she looked – looked at me again – and I swear to god she laughed. Like any good parent does when one of their dear angels goes bad – I refused to laugh. I looked sternly at her and said ‘you are mean!’ – ‘and selfish – Trixie can sit on your gate!’
Bonnie promptly answered by reaching up and grabbing poor Trixie again and giving her a good shake. This time Trixie fell backward off the gate. Poor thing stood there clucking and cooing and wondering where she was going to sleep.
I gently shoo-d her into her coop – back to her own cozy bed.
When I came back from the coop, Bonniebelle stood looking at me with all-innocent who? me? eyes and one white feather on her bottom lip.
I gave her head a good scratching and laughed. Date or no date – the evening was Hers and she knew it!