You Might Be a Crazy Chicken Lady If…

Those memes really meant it when they said chickens are like potato chips and you can’t just have one.

Considering my track record with how I have a hard time not finishing a bag of potato chips to myself (especially when paired with my homemade french onion dip), chickens could be considered dangerous territory.

But have you seen how cute and fluffy and cheep cheepy chicks are?! It’s hard to resist when you have grown chickens and you see the little ones in the feed store. You know, that same feed store you went into because you needed an extra waterer and feeder but then came out with four brand new baby chicks and the extra waterer and feeder.

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The struggle is real my friends.

I thought it was fitting to write a post called You Might Be a Crazy Chicken Lady If… so you have something solid to reference in case you’re contemplating whether or not you really did cross over to the fluffy butt side.

 

1. You walk into the store for a feeder and come out with four baby chicks and the feeder.

2. You drive two hours round trip for two specific breeds of chicks so you can have the dark chocolate eggs you fantasize having. They don’t taste any different but it makes your collection of eggs that much prettier.

3. You make your husband build a mini chicken coop in a day to house your new 8 week old chicks.

4. You realize you have 8 grown chickens out in the coop, 2 eight week old chicks in a separate coop within the coop, and 4 one week old chicks in your office.

5. You day dream of having acres of property so you can have ALL the chickens.

6. You know each of your chickens own personal egg song AND squawks.

7. The sound of baby cheeps makes your heart melt.

8. Your friends have told you that you are obsessed.

9. You could sit for hours watching your chickens.

10. You hang out with your 2 week old chicks and when you leave the room, you’re convinced their looking for you because of how loud and high pitched their cheeps are. You know this because, duh, you’re the chicken whisperer.

11. Your husband feels like every weekend he is working on a project related to the chickens to make them more comfortable.

Those are all the ways I think I might be a crazy chicken lady but don’t take it from me, I decided to ask my flock of crazy chicken lady peeps on my Facebook page and these were your responses:

 

12. Someone writes a letter to the editor about allowing backyard chickens….and multiple people assume it was you. — Kayla H.

13. You feed your chickens breakfast before you’ve had your coffee. — Tracy G.

14. The neighbours laugh hysterically at you because you have 15 chickens following you everywhere. — Regan C.

15. You have a certificate from the county extension office saying you are a “Certified Chick Master” after taking a class to teach life cycles and how to hatch chicks in school. — Jennifer I.

16. Every time your husband goes out of town you think about adding new chickens to your flock. — Anne W.

17. You see an ad for someone selling 3 chicken, you buy them, and transport them 400 miles to your mother (lives in the country) who has no clue she is about to become a chicken owner. Then you enjoy the chickens through your mother. Someday you plan to get our own piece of country and flock of hens. — Andrea C.

18. You don’t even own chickens and you are still The Crazy Chicken Lady. — Gina M.

19. You have a chicken with a sore leg – so it spends a week inside your house and decide it would rather live with us and the dogs than be out with the other chickens again. —  Princess S.

20. You keep a sick rooster in a play pen in your living room. — Shelly F.

21. My favorite stress relief is to go have a snack with my girls. I eat the strawberry bottoms and they get the tops. And every kids play set I see I start thinking about where to attach chicken wire to turn it into a coop. — Beth T.

22. You might be a crazy chicken lady when you’ve contemplated calling out to work because it’s hatch day and you might miss it!! — Jenny J.

23. When you wake up your 6 year old and her friend to come watch a chick hatch. — Shelly F.

24. If Facebook has started “offering” you only chicken related ads — Jenny J.

25. When your coops are better decorated than some homes. — Jenny J.

26. Ask all your colleagues/friends for their leftovers at lunch because your chickens will come running when you get home. — Kathryn S.

27. You’re watching a YouTube on how to knit a chicken sweater because lil’hen is molting and it is supposed to drop below 30°. — Kathryn S.

28. If your coop has running water and your husband’s tool shed does not. — Beth T.

UPDATED 4/13/15 — I had to add one more to this list because in a matter of a week four different people (two I know personally, two Facebook fans) sent me this photo and said, “Saw this and thought of you!”

So, without further ado, #29. You might be a crazy chicken lady if both people you know and people you don’t know send you a photo of the shoes with chicken feet as the high heels because when they saw it they thought of you.

Did we miss anything? I’d love to hear your answer below! 

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'You Might Be a Crazy Chicken Lady If…' has 79 comments

  1. April 10, 2015 @ 8:03 am Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily

    Very cute…and sadly, all very true! Sharing on my Facebook page later today. I enjoyed reading.
    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily

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    • April 11, 2015 @ 8:37 am Loriel

      🙂 Chickens are the best. Thank you for sharing!

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      • April 13, 2015 @ 10:11 pm Carmen Hudgins

        You might be a Crazy Chicken Lady if while gardening, you find worms and run to take them to your chickens.

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        • July 4, 2016 @ 2:13 am Brian

          My chickens coops and runs are actually larger than my house. 1200sqft run, 800sqft house :/

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        • September 26, 2017 @ 11:01 pm Maggie

          It’s me and my husband

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 2:05 pm Kim

      If every day you call your sister to tell them how the chickens are doing and what they did that day that made you laugh, then beg her to come over so she can see them.

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    • May 10, 2015 @ 6:42 pm sandi

      Then there’s the scenario where your new batch of chick’s has arrived before you got the brooder ready. Or its inhabited by a different batch. So, you move them into the bathtub. You and your husband take baths in a horse trough rigged up in the living room.

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  2. April 12, 2015 @ 5:49 pm Jill

    I’ve spent over $500 converting a shed to a coop and still not done.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 10:01 pm Loriel

      Shudder… we spent $1000 on our coop with the initial build… It’s not hard to do!

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  3. April 12, 2015 @ 5:57 pm Janice

    You dig snow tunnels so your chickens can have more run space in the depth of winter.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 10:00 pm Loriel

      We don’t have to deal with snow in FL but what a good chicken mama!

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  4. April 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm Cara

    Soo many trues here 🙂 How about walking into ANY feed/pet store and the chick homing beacon leads you directly to the peeps?

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 10:00 pm Loriel

      LOL! This literally made me laugh out loud… “chick homing beacon,” haha!

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    • April 15, 2015 @ 8:19 pm Sheryl K

      I went into Tractor Supply yesterday just to ask some Chicken questions. ( No intention of buying but….) They just got a bunch of new Bantam chicks. (Their so cute) So I’m asking questions and notice a hand written sign saying Older Bantams .50 I stopped mid sentence and said are those really .50 he says yes I need to get them out or they’ll trample the little ones. Well frugal girl that I am I can’t pass up a bargain. Practilly free and already about 2 weeks old. I came home with 7 new family members.

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  5. April 12, 2015 @ 6:05 pm Kirsty

    you find yourself blow drying your chickens mid rain storm whilst your husband is up a ladder securing the now unattached roof to cluckingham palace x

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 10:00 pm Loriel

      Love it!

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 12:49 am John

      Love the “Cluckingham Palace”. Can I borrow the name?

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  6. April 12, 2015 @ 6:23 pm Barbara Carballo

    I may be a crazy chicken lady cause I started raising night crawlers and meal worms as a fresh treat for my feathered friends.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 6:38 pm Jessica

      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who started doing that! 🙂 They love it.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:59 pm Loriel

      Oh you’re a brave soul! I was going to raise mealworms but when I looked more into it I thought to myself, “No thank you!”

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    • May 26, 2015 @ 8:14 am Mindy

      Ohhh!!! Now I need to do this!

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  7. April 12, 2015 @ 6:35 pm Jessica

    You might be a crazy chicken lady when you spend a few hours making small perches for your baby chicks when they’re 1 week old and then make newer larger ones each time they outgrow them. And making them a small swing securely hung across the brooder for them to swing on as entertainment which they love by the way! 🙂

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:59 pm Loriel

      Haha! I love the small swing idea. I think I’m going to find a mirror to put in there too.

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  8. April 12, 2015 @ 6:49 pm dora tarango

    I might be a crazy chicken lady if…. I see adds for chickens and make my husband drive us two towns away..for two beautiful red hens.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:59 pm Loriel

      Yep, I know how that is!

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  9. April 12, 2015 @ 7:03 pm Lizz

    If all your friends on Facebook forward you all the chicken related posts, and their all of a little boy hugging his chicken 90% of the time.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:58 pm Loriel

      I love that video! Melts my heart every time.

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  10. April 12, 2015 @ 7:42 pm Nancs

    You might be a crazy chicken lady if the best part of your day is taking a coffee break..and tossing roasted peanuts (cracked open) to your hens..and hand feeding the two roosters, while enjoying the sunshine and spring sounds.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:58 pm Loriel

      I love taking breaks to be with my chickens. 🙂

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  11. April 12, 2015 @ 7:59 pm Nita

    Um I go out in my yard and dig for earthworms for my girls, which all have names.
    I cook rice for them, I buy meal worms as treats for them. I talk to them. I pick clover and certain grasses for them.

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  12. April 12, 2015 @ 8:05 pm Sandy

    I can totally relate to all these

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  13. April 12, 2015 @ 8:22 pm Julie

    All true! Best day of last winter was finding an answer to floor covering for the coop. I’d been trying different things for 3 years and doing lots of research but nothing was quite right. Winters in missouri don’t get severely cold but I worry about their feet. Straw was my solution. Works great and it easy to clean. They love it and I’m a happy Chicken Mom.

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:57 pm Loriel

      Good to know that straw has helped you guys!

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 11:25 pm Kathy b.

      Found best bedding completely by mistake. Scratched feed all over…I let it build (I used extra egg crumbles feed)….quite by mistake, the floor of the coop was coverdd. So easy to clean! Used a fine tuned fork and got every poo out 🙂 Coop never had an odor and the ladies loved it, clean…provided a great dust bath. It sounds crazy but it was awesome!!! PS…I love my chickens…even took one to see Santa! They love to go for rides too…just tuck them in your jacket….let their head pop out under your chin. They love looking about and are so well behaved! Did I say I loved my girls? Lol..

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      • April 13, 2015 @ 7:48 am Loriel

        One got to see Santa? Now that is something I haven’t heard before. 🙂

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        • April 14, 2015 @ 8:48 am Kathy b.

          I will try to find Pricilla’s picture visiting Santa. The Xmas poster at the feed store now reads…. “Bring your dogs, cats, horses, goats…and chickens….to see Santa on Dec. __”. Too funny 🙂

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  14. April 12, 2015 @ 8:34 pm wbrethorst@hotmail.com

    You will no longer eat ‘chicken’ anything!

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:56 pm Loriel

      I’m not there yet!

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  15. April 12, 2015 @ 9:15 pm Amy H

    You might be a crazy chicken lady if your husband now shares your out of control chicken addiction…

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    • April 12, 2015 @ 9:55 pm Loriel

      Oh my gosh. I can SO relate. I caught my husband picking weeds (which is normal) but then SPRAYING THEM with water because he swears the chickens like them better… and then proceeds to hand feed them the weeds. #spoiledchickens

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  16. April 12, 2015 @ 10:44 pm Bea McAnon

    We have 3 coop-cams installed in our chicken coop. It is for the all important head-count at night. Heaven forbid if not every-girl is accounted for. Then it’ll be me and my head-lamp out to the coop to find the missing girl(s). Drives my husband nuts 🙂

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 7:47 am Loriel

      I love the idea of a coop-cam! Although I imagine I would find myself watching the chickens more than I already do…

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  17. April 12, 2015 @ 10:59 pm Jayme

    You may be a chicken lady of you name all your chickens..I have 6 chickens and they all come into the kitchen if you don’t keep the door closed and they get baths if they are sick. Sometimes they will go on car rides with me too haha I love my chickens!

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  18. April 13, 2015 @ 12:56 am John

    Are there such things as “Chicken Guys”. I think I’m one.

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 7:48 am Loriel

      Yes! I totally think there is. My husband hand picked weeds for the girls yesterday, sprayed the weeds with water because he’s convinced the girls like it better, and then hand fed them the weeds….. So yes, there are chicken guys. 🙂

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  19. April 13, 2015 @ 1:16 am Mommy Reg

    Oh my goodness, YES! Hubby won’t let me go to the feed store right now because he knows… You can’t have just one, or five or… seven. Great post.

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 7:49 am Loriel

      LOL “can’t just have one, or five or… seven.” Haha! It’s SO true.

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  20. April 13, 2015 @ 3:12 am Debbie T.

    I so enjoyed reading your article…. I hope to be a fully feathered chicken woman when I retire…many thanks…

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 7:49 am Loriel

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  21. April 13, 2015 @ 8:28 am Peggy

    So enjoyed your post & have learned so much from Lisa Steele’s new book Fresh Eggs Daily! I’m 69, retired, & am loving my 9 girls & docile Leghorn rooster. So…I take in sewing/alterations & had a call from a client yesterday to give me phone # of someone who had hens for sale that laid “green” eggs. Crazy??

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  22. April 13, 2015 @ 8:57 am Lisa

    I had my mom and neighbor knit sweaters for my gurlz because they were molting!

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  23. April 13, 2015 @ 2:48 pm Rose W.

    I am definitely a “crazy chicken lady”. Currently have 5 chickens (started out with 8, but have lost 3). I will soon receive 10 more that i ordered in January. Their home is Buckinghen Palace. My daughter is very clever with names. I really love reading the posts. I just started keeping chickens two years ago and now it is a passion. They are so much fun. I love being retired because it gives me more time to do the things I enjoy… like keeping chickens.

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 9:22 pm Loriel

      Chickens really are so much fun and it’s amazing how much joy they bring to our hearts and lives!

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  24. April 13, 2015 @ 4:42 pm Lacey

    When you are dissapointed to not see any dandelions in your grass because the chickens love them and what are you gonna give them now?

    When the chickens poop a ton one night and you get excited because it’s gonna make your compost amazing.

    When you have more photos and videos of chickens on your phone then your family.

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  25. April 13, 2015 @ 5:34 pm Willows Farm

    Our community is pet friendly, you see people bring their dogs in the feed store, the hardware store, the restaurant (even the restaurant named “The Hardware Store”) and the grocery store. I bring a chicken.

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    • April 13, 2015 @ 9:22 pm Loriel

      LOL! I would LOVE to see that.

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  26. April 13, 2015 @ 11:05 pm DeNise Bauer

    I find myself singing the Roy Orbison song from the insurance commercial with the free-range chicken as I head out to capture my head-strong, free-ranging hen who flies over the fence at least 4 times a day! Her name is Francine (actually all my hens are named Francine).

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  27. April 14, 2015 @ 9:59 am Deb

    I make up songs about my chickens. Chicken Ladies, sung to Tom Jones, “She’s a Lady” is one of their favorites. …”They bob their heads when they walk, and they always make a squack, my chicken ladies…They roost up in their coop, and they don’t care where they poop, my chicken ladies…whoa, whoa, whoa, my chicken ladies….”
    I have 58 hens, 2 roosters, and just added 30 more chicks April 2nd. I do a head count every, single, night. So does my husband. Most have names, and we have one girl that is almost blind (Squints) that is fed on a special ledge every evening. We do sell our eggs, but I can’t dispatch of my old hens, so I have about 15 geriatric hens that don’t lay any more. They will always have a home here.
    I have 2 chicken “sick bays” in the barn, and if they need, I set up an ICU in my bathroom. There have been “chicken bath days” given in my tub, and I’ve sat on my couch with a hen on my lap, watching TV because I didn’t think she felt good, and it was really hot outside.
    I could go on, but someone may send the men in white coats, or stage an intervention.

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  28. April 14, 2015 @ 10:19 am molly

    You might be a chicken lady if you set up tarps on the deck every evening, and rush out early the next morning bare-handed collect june bugs for the girls special morning treat. All before morning coffee!

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  29. April 30, 2015 @ 5:04 pm Wendi

    Might be a crazy chicken lady if a friend posted this to your time line to see if your a crazy chicken lady!! And everything chicken related (including those chicken feet heels) have been posted to your timeline multiple times by people! (I expect this post to hit my time line a couple more time!! Lol)

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    • May 1, 2015 @ 10:09 am Loriel

      🙂 I also had about 5 people send me a photo of the chicken harness and wrote, “Thought of you!” #crazychickenladiesunite!

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  30. May 1, 2015 @ 12:15 am Scotty

    I am a crazy chicken lady. My girls and guys have a heat lamp in the winter and to keep their water from freezing I use the largest heated dog bowl I could find (I have 3); they’re easy to clean and even the bantams can reach them. They have 2 fans in their house for the very hot humid days we have and a kiddie pool, and yes they have lights also. I hang a head of lettuce or cabbage from the ceiling with wire (chicken pinata) in the winter for them to peck and not get bored. My husband’s shop is just below the chicken lot, it was late and all had roosted, when they saw him go by they came running out expecting a treat, do you know how funny that looked with 30 something chickens following a man to his shop! I caught my husband talking to them, telling them to go back to bed which was really funny, he didn’t know I heard him, when he came in the house he told me my chickens were crazy. I raised a fawn last summer (she’s still with me) and she loves to lie down inside the chicken condo and take naps during the day, it’s very peaceful. the chickens don’t mind her at all since they’re out scratching around. I really do love my chickens. I love to take a lawn chair and watch them and when digging in the garden they come running when I find grubs for them. One quick note (sorry for the rambling), if anyone asks about keeping their chicks quiet ( there’s always that one that peeps all the time) they can hang a feather duster (clean of course) from the side of the cage close enough to the bottom so the chicks can scoot under it and they think it’s their mom. Love all your comments and it’s nice to know that someone else out there is as crazy as I am about chickens!

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    • May 1, 2015 @ 10:10 am Loriel

      You are definitely a crazy chicken lady which is nothing to be ashamed of! Thank you for taking time to share your reasons why you’re a crazy chicken lady. 🙂

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  31. May 1, 2015 @ 4:58 am Carla

    you know you’re a crazy chicken lady when you make your house guests share the only bathroom in the house with your bumble-footed baby post surgery, because you want to keep her clean.

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  32. May 1, 2015 @ 4:58 am Jeannie

    You might be a crazy chicken lady .If you have to ask how many chickens do you have to have in order to be a chicken hoarder? When the grain store lady tells you your 30 order of chicks will be here next week and she saids by the way I’ll be getting 9 assorted bantams in next week and before she could finish you rush in with I’ll take them all ,with your kids mumbling” moms a chicken hoarder. “

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    • May 1, 2015 @ 10:10 am Loriel

      It’s not hard to become a chicken hoarder… 🙂

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  33. May 1, 2015 @ 1:04 pm Elaine

    You might be a crazy chicken lady if you’ve taken part in the selfie with a chicken on your shoulder craze.

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  35. June 20, 2015 @ 1:46 pm dianna

    our dining chairs are all out in the sunroom around the brooder. we have to bring them back in for dinner each night but they make it back out there everyday so we can sit and watch our new chicks.

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    • June 24, 2015 @ 7:59 am Loriel

      They are so fun to watch!

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  36. June 23, 2015 @ 11:12 am Joe Hoskins

    When your on backyard chicken site checking out the chickens and coops people got, And realize that you have to get up and turn eggs in the incubator for more chickens.

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  37. December 17, 2015 @ 2:27 am Nancy

    I am a new chicken mama and I only have two little hens. However, when I had to leave town to take care of my mother, who was in the hospital, I didn’t really trust anyone in my family to take care of my girls. Every morning and every evening, I called home to make sure that my family had properly cared for them. The first few days, I face-timed to make sure that everything was done correctly. I think I might be on my way. . .

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    • January 18, 2016 @ 9:22 pm Loriel

      You are definitely on your way Nancy!

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  38. January 21, 2016 @ 2:27 am Becca

    Yep, I’m a chicken lady. My birds are so spoiled they won’t eat worms I toss at them while gardening. I “pick” snails from the front yard and move them to back for the girls. They think “free range” means if the slider is open, go on in! They sneak around almost Pink Panther like “avoiding” me, until I begin to notice poop in weird places! I holler “alright girls! Games over!” They come out as if playing hide and go seek! Love my girls!

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  39. September 16, 2016 @ 4:15 pm Giraffiegirl

    You know what a “chickie hickey” is. (When one of your girls thinks your moles look delicious).

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