Cheeks has been having chaperoned outings. I carry her out with me and set her down near where I’m working, in the field or the garden, and she moseys around, scratching and eating.
She loves it. What I expected, was that after a couple of hours, she’d be tired, and willing and ready to be scooped up and carried home for a drink. I’ve handled her daily for months. She’s as tame as a chicken could possibly be.No. Oh, no no no. No! Not yet! Try to grab her and she hits the gas. Can’t catch me! I’m a wild animal! She can lead me on a proper merry chase, even with her lame foot. When you do catch her though, she’s totally fine with being picked up. The thrill is in the chase.I only look placid.
Today she got a supervised date. (A very brief date). Speed date, even. The rooster saw her from a distance, and barreled towards her, and saved his dancing for the afterglow.
She’s been looking forward to a date, based on how loud she shouts through the window when the roosters come to the yard. And she didn’t make him chase. Now all her gorgeous eggs won’t go to waste, and I’ll get some little Cheekslings.She also got some time with Perchick, which was adorable. They spent nearly an hour together. Perchick and Cheeks are the same age, possibly nestmates,and they behaved exactly like they recognized each other and fell in step like old times.