Wednesday Writing & #ThursdayDoors to My Author’s Mind 4 — Don’t Chicken Out

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 

Welcome back to the inside of my head.  It can be a wasteland in there.  You might want to bring some water. Don’t chicken out — come on inside.  You’re no dumb-cluck.  Later you can crow to the world that you survived.  Can you tell where I’m going yet? 

For the Birds

Author Mind for the Birds
Image by Teagan

Sometimes the inside of my head is a long winding road through unhospitable terrain… and generally it’s just for the birds!  I’ve used birds in several of my stories.  Owls have been in Atonement, Tennessee.  Hawks have been in the Pip’s 1920s Three Ingredients series, as well as a macaw parrot.  Pigeons came into Hullaba Lulu. In Thistledown, Midsummer Bedlam, there was an irate chicken and everyone’s favorite, Bob the hummingbird.  Oh, and don’t forget Jinx the magpie in Brother Love.  I’m sure I’m overlooking some.

In my serial “The Armadillo Files” the character named Fang is terrified of owls.  He often teases the protagonist about her unruly hair.  More than once, he has compared Dilly to a Polish of “fancy” chicken.  Thinking about that, I was inspired to do a Thursday Doors post featuring chicken coops.

Here comes our tour guide, Cordy.  Note the little square door. 

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Adobe Stock

Cordy wants us to see some chicken houses in her neighborhood before showing the more unusual ones.  A couple of her friends are at their chicken-wire door to say hello. It’s a nice rustic stone coop.

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iStock

The girls next door like to hang out on their balcony.  Of course, the rooster wants to rule the roost at the highest spot.

Rooster Hens on coop Viviane Monconduit Pixabay
Viviane Monconduit at Pixabay

The hens at the top of the hill do as they please… and it’s their pleasure to include a duck. Cordy reminds us not to judge.

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ShutterStock

Now Cordy leads us over the hill to the next neighborhood. The Orphingtons have the spacious three-door chicken house.  That’s quite a brood. Cordy says you can hear them all the way over the hill when they get riled up.

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iStock

Cordy checks the sky above for a threat. We don’t know why no-birdie seems to be home at these two colorful coops.

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ShutterStock

This rooster is mighty house-proud with his green door.  The hens gradually come out to greet us.

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ShutterStock

For chickens who like to be footloose and fancy free, there’s this mobile coop.  “The door’s open. Come on in,” they cluck. However, Cordy doesn’t want to stop.

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Unsplash

This coop won the garden club prize for the window boxes. The elevated house makes handy shady spot.

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ShutterStock

Cordy’s Cousin Broody’s comes to the door to greet us.  Cordy says the tour is over, now that she’s gotten there. 

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Unsplash

Thanks for opening this door.  Hugs on the wing!

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42 thoughts on “Wednesday Writing & #ThursdayDoors to My Author’s Mind 4 — Don’t Chicken Out

  1. Ahhh! What a wonderful group of photos, each one is special! ! I grew up on a farm and we had many chickens, from baby ones, that had their own brooder stove to keep them warm as babies, and other chicken coops especially designed for each age as they grew older. Thank you for posting all the wonderful photos! This is a really great look at chickens as babies through life! !

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  2. Wow, Teagan, you made your image so special by the hands grabbing the handles on the sides, as well as your face in the middle – a very pleasing whole:) A happy Thursday to you:)

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  3. What amazing chicken coops, Teagan. Ours was just attached to the shed and very boring with all its protective wire. Lol. I’d love to have chickens again if i could figure out how to prevent the hawks, foxes, raccoons, and bears from thinking we offered a buffet for them.

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    1. I know what you mean Denise. It’s too much to worry about. There’s a YouTuber (English Country Life) who did a complete enclosure, mostly because of a bird flu mandate. But she doesn’t have to worry about bears!

      Thanks for opening this door. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. This post reminded me of my Araucana chickens. We had a rooster named Oliver and about twenty hens. Every morning was like easter with the different color eggs. Our chicken house looked like the mobile one but was firmly on the ground. We had a neighborhood fox so I had close in the chickens and Oliver each night. That meant closing the door and window and shuttering the ramps. Oliver would remind me at dawn that it was time to be free. A delightful post, Teagan. I love your image too.

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    1. Thanks, Priscilla. They really are. I’ve actually thought about getting a few “fancy” chickens, but cleaning the coop and pen is more than my back could even begin to cope with. So I’ll have a virtual one. 😉 I appreciate you spending part of your day here. Hugs on the wing.

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  5. Yes to chickens as well! Some of the coops are amazing! Thanks for sharing those and for reminding us of the birds in your stories (I love owls, as you know, but I have a soft spot for all birds). Stay well, Teagan!

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    1. You both are very kind, Tim. Years ago when I heard about “fancy” chickens, I thought it would be nice to have a few. But my back is in such terrible shape that I’d never be able to clean their coop and area. So I’ll have some virtual chickens now and then.
      There used to be a guy on YouTube (JD something) whose channel was Kyle the Rooster. He had a huge flock of all sorts of barnyard birds. Although he moved to a for pay platform. The geese had started getting so noisy by then that it was no longer enjoyable to watch anyway. Some of his videos might still be out there for free.
      We just had quite a round of thunder, but no rain. Hopefully you got the right amount of moisture up your way. Hugs on the wing.

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