4/18/10

Oh, The Things You Will See


So, my friend Anna and I were walking back toward my place from downtown this afternoon. We're strolling along, almost there, just a few blocks from the state capitol building, as urban as Tallahassee gets, and what do we see? A chicken! Just scratching and pecking with those big chicken feet in the grassy area next to a parking lot. A little red hen, unafraid of us or the traffic passing a few feet away from her. We talked to her a second (Hello, chicken, where is your flock?), tried to figure out where she escaped from, and took a few photos. As you can see, she posed quite graciously.

We left her to her dinner and went into the hair braiding business in that white building in the picture. "Y'all raising chickens?" we asked. They said no, but they call her City Chick - she's been around for about three weeks. Crazy!

Where does she roost? Where is she laying eggs? Would it be wrong for me to take said eggs for my own if I find her hiding place? She doesn't seem to have a rooster. I would know. I live right here, and I would hear him.

I tell you, this neighborhood just gets busier and busier. City Chick!

33 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

People are raising backyard flocks and this chicken, not unlike my Shalayla or Carol, has gone out on her own. She's probably fine. And if you find her eggs, you should definitely eat them!
How great!

Petit fleur said...

Awwwwwwwwweee! City chick is so cute!

Might be fun to grab a few friends and a few pbrs and set up a City Chick surveillance team to and see where she goes at dusk... I just hope she doesn't have any reason to cross the road. ;-p

Have a groovy weekend,
pf

All This Trouble... said...

The chickens will rule the world before we know it! We've been preparing for the Zombies but it may very well be the chickens who edge us out.


Petit Fluer,
Hardy harrrr harrrr harrrrr. You're a funny chick!

downtown guy said...

Mama: I am really curious, though, because she must have traveled some. There's just no one around here with a backyard. I'm gonna take her some old veggies today and see if she will eat them.

PF: Why did the punk cross the road? He had a chicken safety pinned to his nose.

AtT: what about ZOMBIE CHICKENS? Never thought of those, did we?

N2 said...

You come by that chicken thang honestly, given your Ma and all. Maybe this city chick will just adopt you and there will be a steady supply of nearby eggs in your future =o) N2

Bethany said...

She's adorable.
Course I always worry about lost animals. Will she be okay, you think? Will she be able to find water? I think for sure you can steal her eggs. I'd love to see you searching for them. But maybe trade her for some water.
Maybe someone is missing her and you should call animal control?

downtown guy said...

I sort of specifically don't want to call animal control. The business that told me she's been around for three weeks seems to be keeping an eye on her and leaving out water. I fear that if the pound got her she wouldn't be long for this world.

Magnum said...

you know, if you brought a chick like that to the earth day jam, we'd let her in free.
and if you help me for a bit, you can get in free and I won't try to roast your chick!

Petit fleur said...

Oh, you so funny honey! The way I heard it, the chicken was stapled to the punker... your way makes more sense. Seems like unless one used a construction grade staple gun, that shit wouldn't fly... get it? ;-P

Seriously though, if you did want to rescue her, the humane society loans out their traps. All you'd have to do is put some yummies in there for her. Although, you might catch many other critters before she got her turn.

Oh, I do hope she stays safe. Keep us posted!
Peace,
pf

Petit fleur said...

PS And by rescued, I mean trapped and brought to your mom or Kathleen!

downtown guy said...

Hey man, I would actually be very down to help, but I'm camping this coming weekend.

But next time you have an event and need a hand, holler out. Seriously.

downtown guy said...

PF: I'll think about it, but I intend to just live and let live on this one. For all I know she does go home to a flock every night, and just wanders during the day.

Magnum said...

thanks, I appreciate it, and I'd never convince someone to pass up on camping.
Take the chicken with you, then when you're down to only granola and beer, campfire chicky!

downtown guy said...

Or I could let her lose and she could be a wild river chicken.

Lois said...

How cute! She must be finding food and water if she's been around that long. I love her name!

downtown guy said...

Oh, loose, not lose, in that comment up there.

Lois: we were certainly charmed.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

What a trip, man. Wild.

May said...

I have never seen that chicken! So many things to see, when you take a walk. I'll be looking out.

downtown guy said...

If you see her over your way, let me know.

rachelbk said...

Free range poultry is supposed to be all the rage these days, isn't it?
I hope she's not lonely, I think chickens are flock type animals. Maybe she communes with the pigeons at night?

downtown guy said...

I have hopes that she goes home to a nearby flock at night.

Bethany said...

Hey DTG,
I get that about Animal Control. Some of them really suck. If your town is like that, I'm with you. Don't bother.

Some animal shelters are fantastic though and would rehome the chicken. And possibly the chicken's owners have already called AC and they are on the look out for her and she would be reunited with them. But you know, that's my fairytale ending mind doing it's magic.

As long as someone's watching out for her, you're doing the right thing.
Peace to you and city chick.

downtown guy said...

Well, I haven't seen her since that day, so no telling what's up with City Chick. But that means she's not dead on the road, either, so hopefully she's just laying low.

Magnum said...

hey, it's not your typical scene but the Legion Hall tonight has good bluegrass music. I'll buy you a beer.

downtown guy said...

I'll be there, as will two of my sisters and maybe Billy and his family. My sister Jessie turns 21 at midnight.

Magnum said...

uh, ooops, I didn't show. Damn! I had other issues pop up.
Damn!

downtown guy said...

Never the twain shall meet.

The Lucky Scars have their last show ever on Friday at St. Mike's. Come by, say hi, and I'll buy you a beer.

Magnum said...

maybe so, you bringin' the cute sisters too?

downtown guy said...

Nope, just my ugly mug.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Is this blog dead? I'm patiently waiting for another damn post. Okay, NOT so patiently waiting. . .

You can post about my greatness if you like. Laugh.

downtown guy said...

Honestly, I only use this one maybe once or twice a month at the best of times. I usually stick to dreamslikethaat.blogspot.com.

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downtown guy said...

Juanita: I would kove to look at your page, but the color of the text on the black background makes it completely unreadable for me.