Rhoda Hits the Rhode

While I greatly enjoyed my chicken adventure this week, I realized that keeping a lone bird in my backyard isn’t really fair to Rhoda.  Chickens are social animals, and although Jim and I have been called “bird-brained” many times, we were just not adequate company for our feathered friend.  Fortunately, I have several chicken pals who would have been willing to take this pretty lady into their hearts and homes, so I was able to place her in a perfect environment for her safety and happiness.

Coop De Ville!

Coop De Ville!

My friend GT is a master builder.  He built this souped-up chicken coop years ago for his lucky flock and this will be lucky Rhoda’s new home.  (He built Casa de Burlingame too!)

Summer 2007

Summer 2007

Fall 2010

Fall 2010

GT and his friend Lee have kept chickens for years and they have a beautiful country place.

Workshop and guest house

Workshop and guest house

One thing you must consider with chicken relocation is that when you take a lone chicken to a new farm there is always a possibility that the resident chickens will not be welcoming to a newcomer.  Often a group of chickens will torture (and sometimes kill) a single new chicken in their midst.  The great thing about bringing her to GT’s is that he currently has no adult chickens on his farm.  As I was driving in, I saw a mamma turkey and several babies crossing the long drive.  There are also a few young chickens running around who look like they may be 8-10 weeks old.

One of Rhoda's young playmates

One of Rhoda’s young playmates

These “adolescent” chickens are no threat to our mature Miss Rhoda, so she can roam around these beautiful grounds struttin’ her stuff as the Alpha Queen of the Castle.  And inside the “castle” where I dropped her off was a really cool surprise!

Rhoda, meet your new roommates! Quack, Quack!

Rhoda, meet your new roommates! Quack, Quack!

I put her inside the coop where she would stay for a few hours to acclimate herself to her new surroundings. She stared at the baby ducks for a bit and then joined in like she was Donald or Daffy.  They were a bit leery of this big red lady, but then everyone started acting like they were old friends.  Later in the day, Lee went out to feed her and Rhoda ate from her hand and let her new “mom” pet her.  As the young chickens grow up, they’ll look at Miss Rhoda as one of their own and all will be well.

I saw this sign on GT’s coop and had to laugh.  My dad has the same sign on the wall of his “honor system” egg business where folks drive up and take eggs from an outdoor fridge and leave their money in a cardboard shoebox.  (Daddy has about 60-70 Rhode Island Reds) I’m sure Barney’s intimidating presence is a good deterrent against larceny.

Nip it!

Nip it!

All in all I’m feelin’ pretty good about my animal juggling act.  During the last two weeks I’ve found a good home for my sweet, wild little bunny Dave, three foster kittens, two rescued goldfish and a runaway chicken.  It’s getting kinda quiet around here.  Jim, what do you think of pygmy goats?  I hear they like to live in pairs. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Rhoda Hits the Rhode

  1. How do you do it? I mean did you come up with the name Rhoda so that you could then come up with a title that says “Rhoda hits the Rhode?” Do you think that far in advance, or do you just have the true knack for names? You are amazing and your stories are so very good. I do truly enjoy reading your posts, Deb. I was a little jealous that I did not get Rhoda, but I realized that my grown girls would have given her a hard time, so just as well. Bottom line is she is at an excellent place. You done good 🙂

  2. The folks who brought her to me named her Rhoda. (Rhode Island Red) get it? And yes, my creative and brilliant bwain came up with “Rhoda Hits the Rhode” this morning, but I never would have thought of that if they hadn’t originally named her. 🙂 You remember GT right? He and Walter went to school together. I know you would have taken her, but I also knew you’d stress about her safety so I decided to find someplace else. Thanks for tell me I done good. You know your opinion means a lot to me friend?

    • Well, back at you. Your opinion means a lot to me too. And also, you are so right about chickens being social creatures. They do enjoy being with others of their kind. Want to say that Daisy is a little different. She really thinks she is human, I think. I’ll go and she will come and stay with me, unlike the others. They are really doing well except for this heat. Daisy has a little congestion, but so far, doing well. She has not gotten to the stage of needing a vaccination. They are better off if they get over it without it. I can spot that chicken all the way from my house. She is special with her way of walking that I can see from far away. And up close, her eyes reveal her name 🙂

      • I don’t know if you remember, but Daisy gets her funny walk from the time she was attacked by the feral cat. She couldn’t walk for two weeks and we had to hold her to feed her and give her water. When she did start walking again, she had a weird strut. Lord I do love that chicken! I’m so happy you are her mom. You appreciate her sweetness and beauty. Keep me posted on her congestion my friend. 🙂

      • Yay, Daisy was much better this afternoon – such a sweet girl, the last to go up to roost today, but she was not breathing heavy as yesterday. I think she will be fine.

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