Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Grateful Chicken

Remember the chicken who likes to sleep out in the sheep stall, up on the tall shelf?  The one who needs some help getting up there each night?  She's still out there and I just love to watch the sheep team up each night to help her get safely to bed.  

Daniel seems to be a favorite spring board, but Boudreaux is a good choice as well...as long as he's already had dinner.  If he has to choose between helping a chicken or pushing his way up to the "table" in the aisleway, the chicken is on her own!

I didn't realize she was in mid climb one night and called the "dinner crowd".  Boudreaux came in from the outside stall, through the inside stall, with the chicken riding along.  She jumped from his back onto Daniel's (who's not an old guy needing some extra food, much to his dismay ;-) and he then walked out to the shelf and stood there until she was able to jump/fly up.

I've been trying to remember to get a video of this ever since. Something sweet like that happens nearly every night, but usually so fast that by the time I notice what's going on, it's too late.  I will get it eventually.  Here are a few quick phone shots from other night.  The sheep of choice this particular evening started out as Baby Belly.


You can see that as they are the only sheep in the barn, this is a deliberate attempt to work together to help their chicken friend, not just a "oh this one happened to be handy".  That's Spud facing the wall.


I'm not sure if Baby Belly was too close to the wall maybe or possibly just not tall enough, but the chicken couldn't make the jump.


It sure looks to me like the two sheep are conferring about what to do.  Spud must have told the chicken to change sheep.


And now watch him head over to the wall.


And the next thing you know, she's up on her perch.  I tried to take a mid-flight picture, but it was too dark and too blurry.  

Must. Remember. Video. Camera.


17 comments:

amyfibre said...

This is seriously The Most Heartwarming Story...and just in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

I need orange said...

So sweet. Thank you, sheep, for being kind, even to those who aren't "your kind"......

Thank you for sharing them with us, every day.

Sheepmom said...

That's amazing! And that it happens over and over proves it's not just a fluke. Here is yet ANOTHER book waiting to happen. You need to rewrite Aesop's fables using your critters. ;-)

Mrs Shoes said...

Proof that animals are both intelligent problem solvers & compassionate beings. And, OMG, a sheep ladder, so dang cute!

Grey Horse Matters said...

That's really cute. I love how they help her up to her perch for the night. Who would have thought they could figure out how to help her. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lori Skoog said...

Love this! So sweet.

Far Side of Fifty said...

How sweet is that!! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

sophy0075 said...

Oh, this is the very spirit of Thanksgiving! How wonderful. You know, I'll bet your animals can speak at midnight on Christmas Eve. They certainly can teach humans a thing or two (or thousand!).

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you - whether furred, fleecy, feathered, or behind the camera.

Cheryl West said...

This is so touching to see your barn family caring for each other. People can learn so much from the kindness of animals. They truly have the Thanksgiving spirit.
I hope you all have a lovely day.

Terry and Linda said...

I know that animals do communicate and they do make friends from all types. I love this story, Sara! A perfect way for all of us to be!

Linda

LannieK said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever! Thanks for sharing their Thanksgiving story~

LannieK said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever! Thanks for sharing their Thanksgiving story~

Linda Gill said...

you truly have a magical farm !

Lisa Smith said...

It is so comforting to see, regardless of whatever else is going on "out there", the world of Punkin's Patch coalesce and bring it's residents together! Thank you for this wonderful story on this thankful day. Happy Thanksgiving Sara and Saint Tim!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I love your post they make me smile. HUG B

Michelle said...

There.Is.Hope. Thank-you for sharing, Sara. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

omigosh - love the trailer; looking forward to the movie. magical indeed. --suz in ohio

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