Tomorrow: Take a chicken to lunch?

May 3, 2019 | 0 comments

Official Poster

Tomorrow, May 4,  is International Respect for Chickens Day.  As a matter of fact, the entire month of  May is International Respect for Chickens Month!  Who knew?

This is an annual project launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005 (how did we miss it??) to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.  Backyard Chicken Farmers are all for that project if Farmer Nyel is any example.  In fact, Respect for Chickens is what Free Ranging Backyard Chicken proponents are all about.

Says the United Poultry Concerns website: Please do an ACTION for chickens on or around May 4. Ideas include leafleting on a busy street corner, holding an office party or classroom celebration, writing a letter to the editor, doing a radio call-in, tabling at your local church, school or shopping mall, hosting a vegan open house, or simply talking to family, friends or strangers about the plight – and delight – of chickens and how people can help them.

The Well-loved Tetherball

If Farmer Nyel were home,I’m pretty sure his focus would be on the chickens, themselves, rather than on information dissemination.  No doubt he’d be setting up the Chicken Tetherball Court.  Perhaps you remember the cabbage tetherball, first suggested by our Chicken Godfather, Erik Fagerland, and introduced to our girls by Carol Wachsmuth, our neighborly chicken sitter of record.  The girls love it.  In fact, the last time Famer Nyel renewed that head of cabbage, it lasted less than a day!

I definitely think that chicken tetherball would qualify as a “Take Your Chickens to Lunch” activity, completely in line with treating  chickens with respect!  Farmer Nyel is hoping the girls will take a raincheck for now…  He’s working hard on getting home soon and has asked me to put a few heads of cabbage  at the top of my grocery list!  We both have our fingers crossed that the homecoming will happen in May but, if not, we’re sure an extension of such a worthy project would be fine!  After all, who knew?


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