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The Chickens of the Shire, an unexpected pleasure

on December 6, 2012


There is great excitement as it is only a week to go until the release of the first part of The Hobbit movie, “The Hobbit, an unexpected journey”. Gillyboy number 4 was too young to experience The Lord of the Rings at the cinema, and having read the Hobbit over the summer, he is as excited as I am. Comfy seats, a bucket of popcorn and a few hours of escape to the Shire await!
Friends often send me hen related articles and I loved seeing this Hobbit hen house. (Thanks to my saxophone teacher for this one) Some people have amazing imaginations, and great woodworking skills. I hope their hens appreciate it. Bet those pretty flowers didn’t last too long.
I was thinking were there any similarities between hens and hobbits. I can just imagine Apollo bravely packing a wee backpack and setting off on an adventure, like Bilbo Baggins. She is very much the spokes-hen of the coop, and loves to explore the garden. The other two prefer to hang back. Like hobbits, they all love their food.
The big dissimilarity is feet. Hobbits have large hairy feet. Hens have tapered elegant legs and talons, with magnificent curved nails. I’d love to have nails like a hen’s. I find it hard to believe though that in some countries chicken’s feet are a food delicacy!


Then in the corner of my eye I spotted Gillyboys 4’s hobbit style slippers

20121206-160441.jpgand my own well used wellies. Not so elegant but necessary to avoid getting bogged down in the muck on the way to the coop. And that made me think how much variety and pleasure those hens have brought to me since their arrival in May. An unexpected pleasure.


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