One morning while doing dishes, I looked out the window and noticed we had a couple of visitors.
I had been hearing chickens coming from a swampy area near our house. On the other side of this swamp are some growers, as in marijuana. Yep, it is legal here in Colorado, something I have yet to wrap my mind around. I decided that these girls were brought in to help keep the grasshoppers from eating their plants.
They came every day and I was really starting to enjoy their company while working out in the yard. They became quite tame. The grandkids loved feeding them. They would even jump up to take the food out of your hands.
One day while working outside, I noticed that there was only one chicken. The other one was no where to be seen or heard. I was concerned that maybe one of the foxes living on the hillside had found one during the night They had no coop to keep them safe.
Later that afternoon, I finally spotted the missing chicken. At the same time the other chicken spotted her as well. They came running at each other so happy to have found one another again. It was such a comical sight. Made me chuckle to myself all afternoon.
I also learned that chickens will let you know if something is amiss. We had a couple of deer come through the property, which is a normal occurrence here. The girls started clucking, wings flapping making quite a racket and would not let up until I had chased those deer out of the yard. They had the same response to a soccer ball that the kids had left in the grass.
Each morning I would hear a tap, tap, tap on the glass door. The girls would be standing on the step just watching me go about my morning routine.
As the mornings became colder and the grasshoppers more scarce, I decided that I needed to find either a home for these girls or find the owners. I would have considered building them a coop here and just keeping them. But, we will be moving from our little house soon.
I followed them home one evening and was able to find the owners. The girls are gone and I find myself missing them. But, who knows, maybe in the new place we will find a spot for a little coop and get a couple girls of our own.