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    Post Can you pet chickens?

    I went to a commercial blackberry farm yesterday to pick my own blackberries. The place had chickens that wandered out among the vines eating bugs I guess. One particular chicken followed me up and down the row staying close to my feet the entire time.
    Can you pet chickens? If I tried, would he have flown upwards and pecked out my eyes leaving me to rot in the berry patch?

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    Advnt05: i don't know why, but your post made me laugh so loud. i can't stop laughing!!!but that is a very good question. i have never tried. still laughing, and will probably laugh everytime i see a chicken [img]graemlins/silly.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/laughing.gif[/img]
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    Yep - some chickens do indeed let you pet them.
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    I still have my doubts about the chicken. Maybe some are domesticated enough (such as Mike the headless chicken: http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/ )to let you pet them but they can turn on you like a cat. My friend's cat will rub on your leg and purr. He'll even let you pet him for about 1 minute before the demon inside kicks in and he bites and scratches you.

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    My neighbors have chickens and some of them do like to be petted.One in particular "Buddy" the rooster acts more like a dog.He comes running to greet them when they pull in to the driveway and crows at the door wanted to be let in.The do let him in for a few minutes on ocassion. Most of the others just run away but another rooster "Big Roo" isn't friendly at all. They keep him penned up becasue he will charge after you !

    I would say that the one following you was more of a "Buddy" variety. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    He was probably looking for the little critters your shoes kicked up from the dirt.

    ... or he just liked the look of you!
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    What a great post!! There was a big chicken a town over from us. It lived on these people's porch, it was not on a farm, their house isn't even considered in the country, it was on a somewhat busy road. This big white chicken would walk up and down the street, no dogs ever seemed to bother it. The funny thing is, it lived on the porch of this house but belonged to the people two houses down...and it ate hotdogs. I heard he died last winter. I kind of miss seeing him on my way to the mall.
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    Now a chicken that eats hot dogs is my kind of bird. I hope it was beef and not a chicken dog. Why would a chicken eat beef anyway? Have you ever seen a chicken eye a cow and salivate? It's amazing that the dogs didn't bother it. I think chicken's walk with an air of confidence that frightens your typical domesticated dog. My friend had a duck that scared the mess out of his dog (and me now that I think about it).
    I still am not sure you can pet one. Have one as a pet...maybe...but actually pet it? Who volunteers to try it this weekend?

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    Do the chickens have large talons?
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    I still have a lot of residual chicken fear from my childhood. My mom would make me gather the eggs and the hens did not give them up willingly. I had to use my Romper Room hat to push the hen into th corner of the nest so I could take the egg. Got pecked plenty!!
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    Chickens do have talons. Thats what they use in **** fighting. They've also mastered the art of the "bluck..bluck..bluck" sound that lulls you into a false sense of security before they pounce on you making you break out your romper room hat.

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    For several years we have visited a cafe during a pleasant walk whilst on holiday in Cornwall called The Hermitage Tea Gardens. When my children were very young (probably around 10 years ago), we were there and they noticed a friendly chicken walking around the tables. Her name was Paxo (on account of she kept stuffing). As quick as could be, she lightly pecked my son's hand and made him drop his biscuit (cookie) and ate it before anyone could do anything. She was very friendly other than this and apparently lived in the cafe owners house choosing to sleep on their sofa. They do not know where she came from, she just appeared there one day having a fight with a dog. Apparently Paxo was winning. Several years later we visited the cafe again and mentioned the chicken to the owners and asked what had become of her and they explained that she was still there but now preferred strawberry ice cream to biscuits and sure enough she appeared walking between the tables. About three years ago we again visited the cafe, but alas Paxo had died of old age.

    She was certainly an unusual chicken but did appear to like being fussed over.

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    Originally posted by Advnt05:

    Can you pet chickens?
    Not on the first date.
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    Originally posted by Zawadi Bill:
    Can I nominate this for post of the year?
    I second the nomination! All those in favor?

    BTW, I had an image in my mind that the chicken that followed Advnt05 around looked like the chickens on The Muppet Show...
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    these posts are still making me laugh. i need to shut the den door so i don't wake up the family. advnt05 do you eat chicken?
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    Originally posted by diz#1fan:
    advnt05 do you eat chicken?
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    I most certainly do eat chicken! [img]graemlins/tasty.gif[/img] If you want a visual of the chicken, she is full grown and dark black/brown. I think the biscuit/ice cream stealing chicken is a perfect example representing chickens (and cats to some extent). They blend in and seem harmless and then strike. In a military sense, the execute a "peck and awe" campaign.
    When I was six, I went to visit my great grandmother in rural Mississippi. She asked me to get a stick and go help her find a chicken that had escaped from her hen house and had chicks out in her tall grass by her cow pasture. She sent me on ahead while she stood by the drive way. As I was walking through the grass, this chicken came out at me light it was shot out of a cannon. What was I to do? Like any smart person armed with a stick, I dropped my stick and ran screaming across the field. That chicken chased me for a good 100 yards. I'm still convinced that if I had tripped, it would have killed me.

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    All is revealed Advnt05, now we understand the theme of the post, recurring childhood reality nightmare. So please, blog away, the Intercot couch is always available.

    Bill, should we still nominate this as post of the year since it is not ethical to discuss a patient's psychosis in public?

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    Originally posted by RazdOnDis:
    Originally posted by Advnt05:

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    I love chickens! They are so funny to me, I don't know why. I have never been close enough to one to pet one, though. I think I would be scared of getting pecked, too.
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