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Working On A Chicken Farm

I pack eggs on a chicken farm. Their colours range from brown to white. Quite often in this line of work I see some funny sites! When walking through the hen house I see a yellow forest of legs. The foliage of which is red and brown And like rocky mounds are the eggs. The hens, they fascinate me. They make many different sounds. Some are gentle, contented, Others, sharp and loud. Their eyes are orange beads. Many thousands blink my way. When I reach out to pet them They duck, hop, run away! But most humorous of all Is when two scrap for order; They peck, they puff their chest And stretch their necks to look taller. When one yields, it screeches Then hurries off in another direction. When I see one hurt I want to scoop her up And offer her loving attention. Their movements bring on smiles, Slow stalk, heads bob back and forth. Some even balance on one leg Whilst deciding whether or not to walk! These beautiful girls are creatures of habit. They are inquisitive and like to follow. They are sensitive. They are free range. It's always sad to see them go.

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Date: 8/17/2021 8:29:00 PM
I thought this was such a cute poem. When I lived in Vermont, a friend of mine had chickens and they were always out in the front yard behaving the silly,funny ways your poem talks about They were fun to watch. The best were the birds withthe big fluffy feet. My husband used to run a farm and when they got chickens they would chase his poor mom :)
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Date: 8/13/2021 3:35:00 PM
The imagery is superb, You really made me lol as we had about 100 chickens when i was growing up - (my parents had a smallholding) hugs jan xx
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Natasha L Scragg
Date: 8/14/2021 3:15:00 AM
There's 8000 hens in this shed. They belong to our landlord. They have another shed with 16,000 !! So I'm glad I only have to pack in this one. The hens are funny aren't they and their character is simply brill. Lol glad it brought laughter Jan. Xx
Date: 8/13/2021 1:34:00 PM
Id be a nervous wreck doing that job as Id end up dropping them. Lol Tom
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Natasha L Scragg
Date: 8/13/2021 2:02:00 PM
Lol.. I dropped many to start with .. but now an then I let one slip. I love the hens. They have a pleasant nature, except when it's scrap up time .. lol love the job as it gives me creative thinking time. Especially for poetry. Thanks Tom. All the best. :)