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The Chicken Chronicles: Butter Bi*%& Established A Pecking Order

Updated on December 12, 2013

Introducing Butter Bi*%&

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.

Maya Angelou

She had another name but for the life of me I can’t remember what it is. I have always called her “The Bi*%&” and for good reasons. Oh, wait, I remember….Butter Cup! Not even close to appropriate. In case you can't figure out her name, it rhymes with "itch"...I had to change it or the advertising would be discontinued. :)

Butter Bi*%& is our resident Rhode Island Red, a pretty chicken for sure, but one with a very distinct personality. Get comfortable and I’ll see if I can’t give you a vivid description of this rather dynamic fowl. I in no way mean to disparage THE BI*%&! I do not belittle her with the words that follow. I am simply a writer and a novice backyard farmer. I make no judgments regarding THE BI*%&. I just observe and then try to relate with words what I see, as all writers are meant to do.

Keep in mind the quote above from Angelou as you read about THE BII%*.

Say hello to the Queen of the Roost
Say hello to the Queen of the Roost | Source

The Pecking Order

Show me a playground in any school in the world and I will show you a pecking order. Establishing our place in the grand scheme of things is a natural progression. There is no rightness or wrongness in it; it simply is the way of things. Some are brainy; some are strong. Some are mouthy and overbearing and some are mild and meek. In any group this pecking order establishes itself rather quickly, as though it were pre-ordained by some power above, and so it is in any chicken coop.

Butter Bi*%& was one of our originals. She survived the test of time, proved that she was not a rooster, and took her rightful place among the flock….and that place was as the leader. By the age of one month it was pretty obvious who the Queen was. THE BI*%& took on all comers to her crown and tossed them aside like yesterday’s garbage, and you better believe that also included humans.

When I say “pecking order” I am referring to the act of pecking, and THE BI*%& is a virtuoso when it comes to pecking.

About twenty years ago I raised some pigs. Now something you may not know about pigs is that they will eat anything if it is stationary, and anything includes your foot. I learned early on to wear heavy boots when I was out feeding the pigs so that I would have all ten toes when I returned to the house. The same is true with Butter Bi*%&. She has no problem getting your attention by slamming her beak into your foot and make no mistake about it, that will get your attention. If you are not giving her her due, you will be limping back to the house. Bev and I have learned that when feeding our six chickens, we should always feed THE BI*%& first. That way there is hope that everyone else can dine in comfort and Bev and I won’t need first aid.

Actually this is quite interesting

Establishing a hierarcy
Establishing a hierarcy | Source

She Is a Bold One

There is no fear in THE BI*%&! Two legs, four legs, six legs a dollar, all for Butter Bi*%& stand up and holler!

Take a look at the picture to the right. That is Butter Bi*%& sitting on Bev’s back. One day Bev was out doing her chicken whisperer thing, and she bent over to pick something up off the ground. THE BI*%& decided that Bev’s back looked interesting, so up she flew. It is now her favorite roosting spot, and neither Bev nor I have the guts to tell THE BI*%& that she is being inappropriate.

She’s just being THE BI*%&!

The other five chickens give Butter Bit*% a wide berth when passing, sort of like the driver of a Cooper gives a wide berth to a semi-truck. You just know if you get too damn close to that truck that you are going to be a roadside pancake. So it is with THE BIT*%! Our dogs give a wide berth; visitors give a wider berth; anyone or anything concerned with their health gives the widest berth possible.

We have hawks that fly overhead on any given day but not once have I seen them drop below 100 feet when above our backyard. Such is the reputation of THE BIT*%! Not even a natural predator dares comes within ten feet of her beak and temperament. Normally as dusk approaches the owner of chickens will make sure they are all tucked away safely in their coop. The nighttime is a dangerous time for chickens as possums and owls and raccoons do their stalking thing when the sun goes down. Around our house we have no worries. Butter Bit*% is on patrol and all predators know that hunting is not allowed in her coop.

How could she be so pretty and yet be such a bitch?
How could she be so pretty and yet be such a bitch? | Source

But Beneath That Tough Exterior

Well, if not a heart of gold then at least a heart of community, for Butter Bi*%& takes her role as leader seriously, and like any good leader, she embraces her responsibility and looks out for the weakest in her family.

A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
A. Philip Randolph

Butter Bit*% insures that our backyard is a democratic backyard. She is the protector. She is the guardian for the weakest. She is, in other words, everything I wish our political leaders were. She does not hand out free food, but she does make sure that her brothers and sisters are capable of feeding themselves. She does not allow outside influences to upset the serenity of her community, and the only agenda she is interested in is the agenda for the common good. Special interest groups need not stop by for a chat wielding their influence because THE BIT*%& will peck their asses back to where they came from.

You have to love and applaud a leader who realizes that to lead is a responsibility and not a right. THE BIT*% understands that and walks her talk. She has no favorites among the other five. She is a bitch to them all but she is a fair bitch and really, that’s saying quite a bit.

Lessons Learned

That's what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood.

Sylvester Stallone

I do not like bullies. I have fought them often during my lifetime, and I will continue to fight them. THE BIT*% is no bully. THE BIT*% is a strong leader who takes seriously her role as a leader, and you have to admire that. If she thinks her community is being underfed she will let us know. If she thinks the water supply is inadequate she will let us know. If we do our part as landlords then she is more than willing to do her part and lay egg after egg after egg. She is a working class hero who seeks not fame but rather fair treatment, and yes, you have to admire that as well. She is a whistleblower who demands righteousness for all, our own little Rocky standing above the backyard with arms outstretched, taking on all comers and demanding respect.

And yes, you have to admire that as well.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, nothing wrong indeed. She is a power to be reckoned with for sure.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I think I'd like Butter B! Nothing wrong with a powerful woman (or chicken).

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, steel-toed boots thank you very much. LOL Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      So you have a biyatch in your coop, Bill? Well, she certainly provided interesting material for your hub. Give her my regards but wear your boots.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I had actually thought of that; I was thinking in terms of a children's book series. We'll see how i do with time. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love it. After we get the adult stokes of the brood, perhaps you can do a version for kids.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, sassy would be a wonderful description of Butter Cup. As for the working class hero compliment.....I humbly say thank you.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      She sounds sassy and a go getter.

      Actually Bill remember that old adage about animals and their owners having similarities. Not so much the rest of the article but your summary paragraph - working class hero, not looking for personal wealth just fairness and justice for all. Standing up for what is right. -

      Sound familiar? Now who does that remind you of ? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...good one, Cam, and yes, you spelled it perfectly. Thanks for the laugh. My grandpa had the same cow I think.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      We had a cow a lot like the Bi*#&. Did I spell that right? Nobody messed with her, but everybody followed her. Thanks for another eggstraordinary hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I think there is a lesson to be learned no matter which creatures we are observing...and I know you feel the same way. Happy Holidays, kindred....hurry back to us soon.

      love,

      bill

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, I love your chicken chronicles. I haven't been around a lot of chickens in my lifetime but I've been around enough to understand that there really is a pecking order. What I really loved about this story is that you found it in yourself to respect that although you don't like the B's behavior, you appreciate that she is non-discriminatory in her application of her leadership. The ability to see through the guise, if applied to a human society, could make the world a better place for all of us. Great job! Hugs coming your way on this frosty morn in the east.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, she can be a handful but an enjoyable handful. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed meeting another of your chicken companions, Bill. She sounds like she has a very interesting personality and a very appropriate name!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No reason to apologize, Jo; it's nice to see someone else do that. LOL I thought I was the only one. Thank you and I hope your weekend is relaxing my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Sorry Bill, trouble with the ipad I'm afraid, please delete duplicate. I couldn't get a good reception initially, when I finally did, the silly contraption posted twice, that's modern technology for you. :) Hope you, Bev and the chicks are having a lovely weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again, Jo!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, this is one chicken you shouldn't upset. LOL I can see a Disney film, The Chicken Chronicles....instant hit for sure. :)

      Thank you my friend. I hope you are having a nice weekend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Now there's a chick with attitude! This is so obvious, but I'll say it anyway...you just got to write the book. Disney will kill for the movie rights, this Chick make Joan Collins look like a rank amateur. Great writing, loved the photo. Very nice. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Now there's a chick with attitude! This is so obvious, but I'll say it anyway...you just got to write the book. Disney will kill for the movie rights, this Chick make Joan Collins look like a rank amateur. Great writing, loved the photo. Very nice. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I just got done putting ButterCup away for the night. She had no desire to get in the coop so I had to run her down....and she is officially faster than I am. LOL

      Thank you Michael...have a wonderful weekend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening billybuc, Mr . Holland.

      What a classy article. You told us of another highly intelligent and serious about life chicken, which according to your characterization , this ButterCup , if only could be given chance to compare herself to some human leaders would defiantly declare, " I'll rather be a chicken".

      Up & beautiful .

      Have a very blessed weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, she is one tough momma, that's for sure. I don't mess with her. I learned that lesson the hard way. LOL Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Bill - I think I would quite like Butter Bit*%. She's not a namby-pamby, nor is she really a bully if she looks after her coop-mates. At least you know where you stand with her, and a plus is the fact that predators steer clear of your chickens because she's tough.

      Voted Up+++++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked it, vkwok.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna. It's always a pleasure having you stop by, and you are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. I had a nun for a teacher who told me I was too clever for my own good. I hope that's not the case now. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS my dear, thank you for taking the time to visit. I am sending a quality hug and a basket of blessings your way. They should get there by dinnertime. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you my friend. I appreciate you greatly. You are always so supportive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you for your kind words. I have a few more of these to write and I hope you enjoy them as much as this one. Again, thank you!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billy…

      I loved your “BB” … what a delight she is. Many lessons can be learned from her “personality” and leadership skills. She has taken “tough love” to a new and charming dimension. Well done, Billy. Voted up and shared.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I had a Rhode Island red when we had chickens some decades ago. I love the analogy to the government and it rings so true. Very clever hub that I ranked as awesome.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a chick she is...we had chickens when I was a little girl in Virginia and we had one that I think must have been a cousin or sister or whatever to the B**** as she would chase us around the yard even as we were trying to feed her.

      Isn't that they way?

      And the lesson was loud and clear but sometimes you do have to draw a line in the sand and that may look like you are a bit too aggressive but sometimes it gets the points across.... Love these Chicken chronicles...keep 'em coming...

      seeing the hen on Bev reminds me of a huge kitty we had when my daughter was a young girl...whenever she bent over, Norman hopped on her back...how funny...

      Take care of you all and the hens....

      More Angels are on the way ps

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting hub with such a great lesson, your hubs are always worth the read.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Bill. Your chicken story is so great funny and a moral in itself. Your talent is unequalled. I love the chicken on head pic and story. Please write more of these cute little articles. I am happy to find my way again to your profile. Pinning and sharing. Blessings. Audrey

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I just have an overactive imagination I guess. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I never thought of that. Bev and I should play that song when we go feed them. LOL Great idea; I'll tell Bev about it.

      Thanks for the laugh my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, that's the best part of it all....we get entertainment AND free eggs. How great is that? LOL Thank you!

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I just love the way you use things like this to tell some truths about the world.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      hehehe ... I bet if she ever runs off for a bit and returns, all the others start singing that Elton John song, "The B&%! is back!" lol It is amazing how they have adapted into their own little community and all take on their roles appropriately.

      Very interesting and entertaining.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Funny hub! And good for you to have such a good chicken leader. I am writing "chicken leader" and I realize that in the human world it would be probably considered as a insult :-)

      It's so interesting to observe the relationship between the animals and like with humans, there is definitely an hierarchy!

      I am sure you enjoy those fresh eggs!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, she is a force to deal with; no doubt about it. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I can tell you from experience, pigs do have sharp teeth. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Three cheers for the Biotch. That girl is awesome, and so is your hub!

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hilarious Bill! Hey now I'm going to wonder ...do pigs have sharp teeth or what?

      I envy you guys!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I'm having fun writing about our little flock and hey, if I see a lesson about politics in it, all the better. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a hoot! You can write about a chicken and i watch the video to learn more about chickens..Go figure..Hee..This really was a fun read. I liked how you brought in the political aspect of proper use of power. May Bi*%& live a long and fruitful reign..lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Suzette! When we were kids we used to call each other chicken...turns out that isn't a bad thing at all. LOL

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Your chicken chronicles are a riot, Bill. There certainly is a pecking order every where you go. I like Butter Cup's name no matter how she acts. Well, someone has to be queen! Enjoyed reading this Bill and really I guess we are just all like a bunch of chickens after all! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, those types of personalities can definitely be entertaining, can't they? :) Thanks my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Sassy! I love a chick who isn't afraid of adventure. Reminds me of one of my family members! We all tolerate the drama and rough leadership.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...MizB, I have seen some mean roosters in my time. I have seen them fly ten feet to attack an intruder, and I do mean attack. When we move to our little farm I'm not all that certain that I will have roosters. If I do they will be kept in sight at all times. ;) The hens, though, I love, and ours will let us pick them up, but we've been picking them up since they were a week old, so I guess that's not too unusual.

      Anyway, it's good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I love reading about your chickens. BB sounds like an ideal hen, Bill. I haven’t been around chickens in a long time, but I remember that Grandma’s chickens were shy and wouldn’t come near humans unless we were eating watermelon. We had to keep our toes covered because those myopic chickens couldn’t tell a watermelon seed from a toenail. I keep reading that chickens can be tamed, but not hers. I wanted to pet them, but they just wouldn’t let me. Grandma had an old red rooster that ended up in the pot with dumplings because he was downright mean. He attacked everybody! I was about 9 years old and was too small to defeat him. He was too tough to eat, so I didn’t get any gratification there.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, she can be a mean one for sure....but she knows her place, protects others and demands respect....you have to love her for those traits. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie! The rooster will certainly get pecked if he steps out of line...sort of like real life with real people. LOL

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A funny name for a chook but quite fitting I believe! LOL the part where you wished politicians were more like the Bi*%&. I must admit in the photos she looks agressive. Voted interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi David! Good to see you again. They really are entertaining creatures. Cheap entertainment plus free eggs....how can you beat that deal? LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! sleep well my friend.

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Spot on, Billy. We can certainly learn a lot from hens.... The rooster, though... well, he, too, will be pecked if he dares to be cocky among the hens, won't he?

      According to this hub I am most certainly a true BIT*% :))))

      Thought-provoking, brilliant hub!

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      David Warren 3 years ago from Nevada

      Interesting and amusing both! My wife had never seen a chicken up close and personal until last year when we went to Florida, made for a lot of amusement and memories.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes, thanks, my Thursday wasn't too bad; I've finished my Christmas cards so that's one job out of the way! Enjoy your evening! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO...oh DJ, I cannot allow my chickens to read your comment. They would be horrified.

      It is true that chickens do not lay eggs during the winter. Ours, evidently, did not get that memo. LOL We still get three eggs per day out of the six....so they have cut back but they are still overachievers.

      Thanks for the laugh, even if it was at my chickens' expense.

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Great article on the hot chicks. Or, did I misunderstand? LOL

      I had to do some research on chickens for my novel.

      It said that many chickens do not lay eggs in the winter months.

      It also stated that when a chicken is born, it has all the eggs

      that it can grow and lay, already inside her.

      If she lives long enough, she will run out of eggs.

      Have your hens continued to lay eggs this winter?

      I watched about 10 minutes of the video. Very interesting.

      Sorry, but the only way I like chickens are fried with mashed

      potatoes and hot biscuits.

      Louisville is headquarters for KFC.

      While in FL., we eat Popeye's Chicken.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I love it! I love it when my writing inspires others or gives them new ideas. I look forward to your article, and thank you for your kindness.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, my studio is right next to them; they are constantly pecking at my door for attention. LOL It is a never-ending source of amusement for me. Who would have ever dreamed it?

      Thank you as always my friend. I hope your Thursday was rewarding.

      bill

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Bill my good friend, you have done it again! :-)

      You have inspired my next hub! :-) I will make sure to let the readers know to check in with you, when they need a lift to sail into the sky and enjoy the air quality. :-)

      Here are to all the "B-Beautiful, I-Inspiring-C-Creative-H-Humbled" persons everywhere! :-) Thanks my friend.

      Blessings and Shalom :-) Up ++++ shared & tweet..

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You certainly have some interesting chickens and this one is a real character. Bet you could watch them for hours! Hope your writing desk looks out over them. This certainly is a fun series. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jamie; much-appreciated my friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Love "The Chicken Chronicles..." My favorite so far! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Poolman, I never thought of that. I want that included in every resume from now on. :)

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, I guess the next time a chicken farmer runs for office we would be wise to elect him?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, you are so right my friend. Politicians should be imprisoned on a chicken farm for several weeks and not released until they have learned some basic principles about governing. Then we might see substantive change in this country.

      And you are right, the dynamics do change when a new chicken is introduced. It really is pretty fascinating to watch.

      Thanks my friend; great comments.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, as a chicken lover myself, I really appreciate this hub. It is interesting how every flock has a leader. It may not be the biggest bird in the flock, but there is no mistaking who takes the lead and decides what the others should do.

      It should be a requirement that all of our politicians spend a day in or near a chicken run and watch the way things work. They could learn a great deal about leadership by doing so.

      I'm told that every time a chicken is added or subtracted from the flock, the dynamic changes and the pecking order must be reestablished. I actually enjoy watching my chickens than I do TV these days.

      This hub was not only entertaining but was also informative.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm glad you are enjoying this series. I'm having fun writing it. Only three more to go so enjoy it while you can. :)

      Sending a well-deserved hug this Thursday morning.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jackie. If you ever want to know something about raising chickens just drop me a line. Thanks for the visit.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      The Queen or Mother Hen needs to be a bee-otch in order to keep everyone in line. Kinda like human moms. Well, not real bee-otches, but you catch my drift. I find it fascinating that each chicken has their own personality which lets the natural pecking order fall into place. I'm loving this series. I'm learning a lot and I love the lessons each of your feathered friends has to teach us members of the human race.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great and I am enjoying the 1st video and will have to see it to the end. Thanks for all the lessons! ^

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Kim! I enjoy this little series and I'm glad you do as well. Three more to meet.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I love your question. LOL Now I'll imagine a beak on everyone that I see today. Thank you my friend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Bill,

      This has to be one of your Bi*% best! Not just humorous, but filled as always with much wisdom. V+ for you and the Bi*%/Sharing so others can enjoy.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I wonder if some of us would be better with beaks. There is plenty to learn from your chicken. So special of you to recognize and cheer her leadership talent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Audra, so nice of you to visit. Thank you my dear friend. You would like The Bitch...she's a no-nonsense type of gal who looks out for others....how could you not like her? :) Hugs this chilly Thursday morning.

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      AudraLeigh 3 years ago

      Impressive and full of heart! How I love reading people and their animals :) Butter Bi*%&...lol,! Just checking in to see what you are up to. I see you have your hand's full. Pecking order...genius!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh no, Eric, chickens are a wonderful source of inspiration as well. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I'm glad you enjoyed her. I'll tell her you stopped by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, if I had the room I'd have twenty more of these fascinating creatures. :) Thanks for reading about the Bitch today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine. I'll tell her you said hi.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So chickens are not just chickens? Jane is just a bit out there for me.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      You gave me a good tickle, Bill! Thanks for sharing about Butter Bi...chickens are fun!

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      Oh she sounds like a sassy one. I never thought of chickens as having much of a personality, but I see I was very wrong. It seems like you and Bev are having a great time with your feathered friends.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Glad your chickens have a leader and was so happy to learn more about Butter Bi*%& today. Thanks for sharing Bill and have a wonderful Thursday now!