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The Chicken Chronicles: Regalia Defies The Odds

Updated on November 28, 2013

A Little Background

Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.

Golda Meir

About eight months ago my wife and I decided to raise chickens. Mind you, we live in the heart of the city, Olympia, Washington, and we do not have an abundance of room, but still we thought this might be a fun pastime.

Our plan in two years is to move to the country; buy a few acres and raise our own food, so we thought this would be a nice way to dip our toes in the farming water and check the water temperature.

Our first task, then, was to build a chicken coop. We did our diligent research and then, as is our way, we took our own path. We are not big on spending tons of money on projects, and we certainly have better things to do with that money than spend it on an expensive, pre-made chicken coop, so we made do with what we had. We took some wooden pallets that we had and used them to frame the coop; we bought two sheets of plywood for the walls. We found a wooden box at a garage sale that was perfect for a nesting box, and we used an old pickup canopy for the roof. Total cost was somewhere around $50.

Next we needed chickens. We found a wonderful gentleman a few miles out of town who has been raising chickens as a hobby since he left the army after Vietnam. He schooled us on chicken farming and sold us six chicks which we have lovingly cared for ever since.

They have been laying eggs now for a few months, and with each new egg they proudly notify the neighborhood of their laying prowess. They all have distinct personalities, laying waste to the claim that chickens are stupid.

I hope you join me and get to know our little family. Each chicken has lessons that they can teach all of us about life, and I’ll be sharing those lessons with you in each new Chicken Chronicles episode. Who knows? Maybe I will inspire you to raise some chickens too; you won’t be disappointed if you choose to do so.

The Silver Bullet
The Silver Bullet | Source

The Ugly Duckling

Okay, not a duckling, but the name applies well to our Regalia.

By the time Regalia was a month old it was apparent she had a fairly serious problem. She was born with cross beak, an abnormality where the top of the beak grows at an angle, overlapping the bottom. Apart from the rather odd sight, it is also fairly dangerous for a chicken because it greatly hinders its ability to eat properly. Many cross beak chickens do not survive and eventually die from malnutrition.

She really is an ugly chicken. She is underweight because of her handicap, and as you can see from the pictures she just has this un-kept, starving artist look to her. Her feathers are always ruffled, like a college student who just woke up late for class, and she looks deranged on her best of days with that deformed beak and famished look.

A quick tutorial on raising chickens

Streaking in for a morsel of food
Streaking in for a morsel of food | Source

Overcoming Life’s Little Setbacks

The truth is that we were born to have it all. And part of our handicap as adults is that we no longer understand our potential.

Yehuda Berg

Regalia figured out rather early that if she was going to survive she needed to spend more time eating, and she needed to attempt to eat copious amounts if she was going to get the required amount. She also figured out, with five other chickens providing competition for every morsel of food, that she needed to be fast and aggressive when food is offered.

We call her the Silver Bullet because of her speed when chow time is announced. Whereas she has great difficulties eating chicken pellets, she has no such problem eating bread crumbs, so when Bev or I break out the bread for our group, Regalia can be counted on to beat them all to every single piece offered. She can be seen as a blur racing to every piece of bread, inhaling it as she runs to the next and the next, and shoving anyone out of the way who is foolish enough to block her path. She has become so proficient at pushing and shoving for the morsels that we now have to give Regalia three or four pieces at a time and then feed the others while Regalia is chowing down.

The coop nearing completion
The coop nearing completion | Source
Our coop is ugly but beautiful
Our coop is ugly but beautiful | Source

And from Ugliness Comes Beauty

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer

Lordy, Lordy, can this chicken lay a beautiful egg. Blue eggs are Regalia’s specialty, and so proud she is when she lays that she emerges from the roost announcing to the world the special talent she has for powder-blue deliveries. Trust me when I tell you that when she lays an egg the entire neighborhood is aware of it.

Not only does she lay colored eggs, but she is also the most consistent of our layers, never failing, even now in late-November, to deliver an egg daily while her step-sisters are slowly cutting back for the winter.

Is it possible for ugly to be pretty? I would submit to you that Regalia is living proof that it is indeed possible.

Life’s Lessons

Oh my goodness, where do we begin?

Granted, the life of a chicken is a bit limiting. Their world consists of 1/8 of an acre, unless they are feeling frisky and decide to fly over the neighbor’s fence. They know nothing of world peace or a world at war. They know nothing about prejudice or bigotry, and they certainly have no concept of economics or religion.

Still, there are lessons to be learned.

Who among you has a handicap? Who among you lacks confidence or self-esteem? Who among you has had to fight like a fury for everything you own, and continue fighting each day just to maintain what you do have? Who among you have been told you cannot succeed, that you will never make it, that you don’t have a chance? Who among you has faced odds so large as to seem impossible and yet you continued on?

If any of those descriptions fit you then say hello to Regalia and adopt her as your symbol of determination and gritty ethics.

Regalia has taken a handicap and adjusted. Regalia has taken exterior ugliness and transformed it to interior beauty. Regalia has looked at the odds and laughed at them. Regalia learned to first survive and then thrive.

And what does that say about all of us? We, who were born with seemingly unlimited potential? What does that say about us? We who were born with no handicaps others than those of our own making? What does that say about us? We who roll up into a supplicating cocoon when life becomes too hard? What does that say about us? We with two arms, two legs, a fully functioning mind and talents yet untapped? What does that say about us?

Take a close look at Regalia? Now take a close look at yourself. Do you see a little bit of Regalia in you? If so then you are on the right path in life.

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, if I gave you a smile then I'm happy. A very Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is a great lesson for all ages Bill. This hub made me smile today. It's amazing how things can adapt.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you once again, Maria. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I'm glad you are enjoying this series. I think, as writers, we have a wonderful world to write about,and anybody or anything can be an inspiration if we are open to it.

      blessings and love to you

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh what a charming series filled with valuable life lessons.

      I am obviously going backwards to catch up...Regalia is a beauty and an inspiration.

      Love this and you too, Maria

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh what a charming series filled with valuable life lessons.

      I am obviously going backwards to catch up...Regalia is a beauty and an inspiration.

      Love this and you too, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, your momma was right for sure. Look within for the true treasures we have been given. We all have what it takes to be happy and have an impact in this life.

      Greeting those little winged creatures now. Thank you, and hugs heading back your way.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      a bucket full of lessons here, my friend.

      my Momma taught me long long ago that sometimes less is more ....and in this case, that is true..I do not need to ramble on and on about what you have written...it needs to comment from me...

      truly if we look in the mirror and find Regalia.......you are so right....

      Know little winged creatures are arriving at this moment....ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, we are all about using and recycling. I just can't see spending money on new when used will do quite nicely.

      Some breeds of chickens lay blue eggs naturally. Regalia is an Americana breed and they all lay blue. :)

      Thanks as always for stopping by.

      bill

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Chickens are definitely smart, and--as you learned from Regalia--adaptive as well. Your Silver Bullet overcomes her disability and thrives in spite of it. Good for her!

      One of the sellers in our local farmers market sells powder blue eggs. He told me his hens are "Easter eggers", but I don't know if that is an actual breed of chicken or a colloquial expression for a hen that lays blue eggs. I will say that your photos of Regalia show her to be a pretty hen with her streak of black feathers on white, in spite of being less plump (so she's sleek!) and having the cross beak problem.

      You and Bev are to be commended for making use of repurposed items rather than buying new building supplies for the chickens' coop. There would be fewer overflowing landfills if more people used, then re-used "stuff" rather than rushing out to buy more.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She does for sure, Deb. What a multi-purpose chicken she is. LOL Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The moral of the story is that Regalia never finishes last, AND she saves you the price of dyeing eggs for Easter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette! Perhaps I should be worried because only I can find answers from a chicken. LOL I wonder what a therapist would say about that?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, perhaps we will both get out little farms in the near future. That is my dream and that is what I am working for. Thank you my dear and enjoy your week.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cam, if we can learn from chickens and cows then I would say we are very teachable. :) Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Only you Bill could look at a chicken and find life's answers in her. You are unique to be sure. Thanks for another life lesson from Regalia and you. She is kinda cute and I didn't notice the beak thing until you pointed it out. Another great article and thanks for sharing!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I so enjoyed this hub Billy. There is nothing I would like more than a little land to be bale to keep chickens, goats etc. Also a sanctuary for Donkeys as has been my dream for so long now. Doesn't look like becoming a reality at the moment but never say never is one of my mottos in life.

      Thank you again Billy my very dear friend and lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Bill, My son who lives in Portland, OR raises chickens and has one with a crossed beak as well. We had chickens on our farm when I was growing up and, well, I'm guilty of classifying them with cows. i.e. Not too smart. But you are right to look at your chickens and learn lessons about life. Humility and teachability do produce wisdom in the long run, so if we can learn from chickens and cows, then we will be that much farther ahead. Great job as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I like that....a special needs chicken. Yes indeedy, that's our Regalia. LOL Thanks for the laugh as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, once a week I'll introduce you to a member of our team. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Your life lessons on your chickens was excellent. I know many people are now raising chickens of their own, which I think is a wonderful idea. The story of Regalia is great. I enjoyed your hub very much.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Only you, Bill, could own a 'special-needs' chicken with such far-reaching talents. Your Silver Bullet has learned quickly that to the victor go the bread crumbs. Bravo or brava for her!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I always, always root for the underdog. Good for Regalia. I like her already. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the gang.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I love that....awaken our soul qualities! Perfectly stated and I so agree.

      Have a marvelous weekend my friend, and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm so glad you like Regalia. She grows on you for sure. :) Thank you always.

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Gosh how do you manage to write a hub so fast and so often? I loved the quote by Golda Meir to start off your hub. It really set the tone if you write about chickens. Ha Ha. Good point. ( Still, there are lessons to be learned.) Indeed. Yes we are all born with no handicaps other than those of our own making, since we all have incredible potentials, hiding in far deep places, even if our ‘handicaps’ were created while totally unconscious. We need to awaken our soul qualities ( I call them) That’s all there is to it. You are indeed a great teacher Billy. Many thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sweet Reglia, you have taught me a lesson on fighting the odds and standing your ground.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, character is what I was hoping for. LOL Really frugal is what we were aiming for and we hit the target. Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill, there are lessons around us everywhere aren't there? We just have to open our eyes. I never tire of watching and learning from our own chickens. They are definitely not dumb as a lot of people think. Good hub with an important message once again. Love the chicken coop, certainly has character.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it's always a pleasure my friend. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for another great life lesson!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, those lessons in frugality came from my folks. I do not buy new unless I completely run out of options. Why anyone would buy new lumber for a project such as this one is beyond me. I love being creative this way, and I get great joy out of the weird "contraptions" that I build. LOL Have a great weekend and thank you my friend.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I love the way you see things in this world! Wild as well as domestic creatures all have big lessons for us to learn, if we only take the time to see them. You, sir, have recognized what Regalia has to teach. I appreciate your appreciation of her, that you see her beauty, and that you found a way to offer nutrition that she could handle even with a handicap.

      That chicken coop made me smile, because those are the kinds of contraptions I make around here! Whatever is handy gets repurposed; I don't even know what the cost of new lumber is anymore because I never use it! So far all of my cobbled creations are still in tact ;) Pearl

      Voted Up Across the Board! and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, all of life is a wonder and joy to behold. :) Thank you for stopping by my friend.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Chicken Chronicles: Regalia Defies The Odds is a well advised hub and so interesting you seem to enjoy having chickens and observe them with great interest too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kim! As writers we never know where our next inspiration will come from.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She does indeed, Alicia, and yet she is very humble and would tell you that she is just a chicken. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Flourish! We're kind of fond of the odd-looking clucker. :)

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      So enjoyed! I have had chickens, but I never thought to get to know them like you. Wish I had now. BIG SMILES.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved meeting Regalia, Bill, and I'm looking forward to the next edition of the Chicken Chronicles. Regalia certainly does have something to teach us about life!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Go Regalia. I like that bird! She's got stick-to-it-iveness. Nothing's gonna keep that good girl down.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mathira....they really are fascinating animals. Tell your mother I said hello, please. :)

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      mathira 4 years ago from chennai

      Very interesting hub, billy. I liked the way you observed the chickens. I told my mother about your hub as she has a passion for raising chickens.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, .....whatchamacallits? That works for me. LOL Our chickens are still laying which is unusual, but for sure you will see eggs about April. Until then, you can sit back and let them entertain you, which they are very good at doing. Thanks for spending part of your Thanksgiving with me.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I personally think Regalia is beautiful and I hope you will show us her blue egg one day! My three I suppose will not give me eggs til spring since it is getting cold and well their combs are not red yet, or those flabby rubber whatchamacallits. lol... You can see my knowledge on chickens. I luv your chicken stories. Look forward to more. ^

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, they are all fat and sassy. They still let Bev pick them up and stroke them; me they aren't so sure of, but they do not hesitate to come to me when I have food. LOL

      I hope you had a very nice day my friend. Thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thundermama, thank you so much my Canadian friend. We have five more chickens so there will be at least five more of the Chronicle series. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lambservant. When we get our farm we will have many, many more chickens and sell the eggs. I can't wait. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, they are at the very least interesting. I have grown quite fond of them. Who would have ever guessed it possible? :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, hopefully I am such a man. :) If not I still have time to adjust my attitude. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      What a great chicken! Think she must be dyslexic; she certainly overcomes the odds by adopting different techniques! 'Survival of the fittest' comes to mind, or maybe in this case 'survival of the quickest'! Good for her and may she long continue to gobble the bread. A fun read and a good lesson for life. I was wondering how your chickens were getting on... Ann

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      I adored this hub bb, you have captured the resilient spirit of your chicken so beautifully. Truly, who would think that a wee chicken could be so inspiring? I look forward to more chicken hubs.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I loved this story. Everyone is raising chickens lately. My best friend took up chickens last year and they have quite a menagerie. Her husband doesn't care so much about eggs but loves them as pets. It is not unusual to walk in and see him with a chicken in his lap, stroking it and cooing at it.

      I love how you used this story as a life lesson. I loved the Golda Meir quote too. voted acrsoss the board BB.

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Some very nice quotes in here and I enjoyed reading about Regalia. I had a big black pet chicken once and she always used to do odd things like look at the sky and protect the other chickens. They are quite interesting and intelligent animals in their own way.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "Show me a man who can learn a life lesson from a chicken or a cow and I shall show you a wise man". ed (about Bill and Cam)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I love that. It is amazing what human beings can do with the right frame of mind. A great lesson for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Mel, I will take your advice to heart and keep the windows closed. Thanks for the tip and our chickens thank you as well. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, we most definitely have much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful day and thank you for spending part of it with me.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi. I think there is just something special about the runt of the litter that we can all relate to. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, I love your comments. Thanks for sharing part of your Thanksgiving with me. I hope your day is filled with love and happiness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, it is not your imagination; the eggs do taste better. I, too, love to sit out and watch our flock. We have netting and haven't lost any; the hawks are ever-vigilant, though, and I suspect one day we will lost one....such is life my friend.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! Have a wonderful day my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I really enjoyed reading this ..and how many people learn so well to overcome handicaps...On The X Factor there is a lovely 13 year old girl with a wonderful voice but arms and hands are almost useless. She smiles and she has great pride...So your little chicken has learned how to survive well in this world.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Close the window while cooking Thanksgiving turkey, because the smell of roasting poultry will make the chickens nervous. We ship a lot of chickens express mail out of our office, and yesterday as we were eating our Thanksgiving potluck they were clucking away nervously. Great hub with fabulous advice, Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great lesson dear Bill! True beauty and determination is not found in outer appearances for sure. I love what you have shared here and your photos are awesome.

      Blessings to you and yours on this Thanksgiving Day for we have much to be thankful for indeed!

      Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That must be why I always choose the runt of the litter! My latest kitty girl has turned out to be the smartest and sweetest (although she still hasn't laid a golden egg!)

      Happy Thanksgiving, Bill and Bev!

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      Marilyn L Davis 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good morning, Billy; I share qualities with Regalia. I can preen and fluff my hair and five minutes later, look like an unmade bed. However, looks do not in any way prohibit me from writing. In the final analysis, that is my blue egg, I hope. Thanksgiving blessings to you, yours and the forthcoming lessons from the "chick". * Little known fact: my nickname as a child was "Chicky", a distortion of sister as that was as close to that word as my sister could get:) ~Marilyn

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, great timing on this hub. I built a coop and acquired 4 laying hens a couple months ago. Two of them started laying about two weeks ago and it is always interesting to see if there will be eggs in the morning, and how many.

      Because of my own ignorance, I lost one of the hens to a red tailed hawk a couple days ago. As luck would have it, she was also the tamest and most friendly hen I had. I have ordered some bird netting to cover the top of the entire enclosure and have them confined to their smaller run until that is in place.

      I'm not sure if it is my imagination or fact, but those home grown eggs just taste better to me.

      It is interesting just to sit quietly and watch the chickens. They have some of the same character traits as people do when in a crowd. Some are leaders and some are followers.

      Raising chickens is a great hobby and I wish I had started years ago.

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      Maria Ruiz 4 years ago

      I love your words and I love "Regalia" and the lesson. Thanks!!!!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Joelle, what a horrible teaching moment. :) Nature is unforgiving and that's a fact. We had an incubator at our school too, so I understand what you are talking about.

      Thank you for the kind wishes; I hope your day is rewarding.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Bill! I love when the "underchicken" gets the "upper wing"! I remember that when I was a teacher, a grade 1 colleague at school wanted to have chicks starting from eggs. She had one egg per student. She found an incubator and almost all the eggs hatched but than the ugly truth came. The few handicapped chicks were beaten and killed by the fit ones. As we try to teach respect at school and no bullying.... in nature the law of the strongest is often the rule!

      I am glad that Regalia found a way to cope, survive and thrive in her environment even with her handicap! And on top of it, she gives you beautiful blue eggs! Wonderful!

      Enjoy this special day of Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She is pretty cool, Sha....my favorite but shhh, don't tell the others. :) Happy Thanksgiving my dear.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I can't really see Regalia's deformed beak but her markings are beautiful. Light blue eggs? I've never seen chicken eggs that color. She truly is unique and has something to offer the world. I think she's pretty cool!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Lizzy, thanks for stopping by. T-shirts would be cool....ugly is in, right? Regalia is my favorite by far; maybe because I relate to her so well. LOL Have a great day and tell Skylar Papa Bill says hi.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! Chickens are great fun and we really do enjoy the heck out of them. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Holy cow, it's been eight months? Geez.

      Regalia is the underdog we all cheer for. Maybe we should get t-shirts made.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I love your life lessons that you share through your chickens once again and so happy to read more about this today. Want to also wish you, Bev and your family a very, Happy Thanksgiving once again!