Chicken Walk

If you have chickens, you likely have a chicken run.  Or maybe you’ve seen the movie:

“I don’t want to be a pie!”

Well,  around here it’s Chicken Walk:

All of our chickens were raised by hand, growing up in a corner of our kitchen from the time they were 2 days old until they were ready to move out to the coop.  They all like to be held and scratched at the nape of the neck, but none of them more than Marigold the Buff Orpington.  If you are in the coop, paying attention to another hen or doing anything other than holding Marigold and carrying her around, she will peck your leg until you pick her up.  So now whenever Claire goes for walks around the neighborhood, she scoops Marigold up and carries her along.  Marigold loves it, cars slow for a closer look, people point, and many stop to chat.  Marigold has become an ambassador for the community backyard chicken movement.


  1. Amy

    This makes me laugh…our Buff Orp. is the special hen around here too! “Daffodil” likes to swing on the swingset on our daughter’s lap, and is always carried around at parties.

    1. lyanda

      Thanks, Amy. What is it about flower names for the Buff Orps? But yes–they are sweet chickens. In ten years of backyard chicken keeping we’ve tried out several breeds, but we’ve decided that for the next batch we’re going to get all Buff Orpingtons. They are always are favorites, so why not?

  2. Oh, there is nothing as sweet as a snuggly hen (and a girl who loves to snuggle her back). We even have a snuggly rooster (on his whim). Happy Thanksgiving to all you wonderful ones… Love from Maine…

  3. This made me grin from ear to eat! I love that picture of Claire taking the hen for a walk! It brings back fond memories of my couple of my own hens from my childhood who followed me everywhere and even into the van to go to town with us. Good ol’ Salt and Pepper were such friendly birds!

  4. I am so jealous! I got my little chickens when they were a bit older, and they are only now (four or so months later) getting a little easier to handle. Sadly, my little Buff Orpington is the least willing to have people-attention. Still, I’m not giving up hope that I can start taking chicken walks, too!

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