When the others were free ranging Ann looked longingly through the fence at them. ~
I didn't know if she would run away or get into a scuffle with the other girls, but decided it was time to let her loose. It took a bit of time and no little amount of persuasion to get her to venture out into the vegetable garden. Every sound sent her running back to the pen. ~
When I realised she'd gone under the rose bush with one of the other girls, I grabbed my camera to show you that I had finally got her to make contact. Ever so quietly, so as not to frighten her, I crept up to take a picture of Ann with Molly. ~
Three weeks in isolation at her old home and two weeks of isolation here and this is the first time I'd seen that chicken relax.
To my great surprise, she slowly and gingerly stretched her neck out toward Molly. She started to coo and kept going until she touched beaks. ~
And then, her eyes began to droop, her head to sink to the warm earth and she slept. ~
The poor wee thing had been so lonely that she overcame her fears to be with the others. Every bit of extra work and worry was worth it to me to see that moment. I didn't know that a chicken needs to be able to touch another. I didn't know they would coo out of happiness and relief.
Ann is a full fledged member of the flock now and proudly perches with her sisters when I close the coop up for the night.
Sometimes, it's the little things that I'm most grateful for. ~
I'm sharing this with Inspire Me Monday
Oh Anne! That's so beautiful poor girl made it! I love the cart too the pumpkins look so pretty!ReplyDelete
A very happy ending to the perfect message for this Thanksgiving Day, 2013! Connecting, (via cooing!), and overcoming feelings of fear and despair to the freedom of sleeping next to a sister, securely!!ReplyDelete
You are now an official photo journalist, Maureen and ready for prime time!
LOVED this post!! LOVE your gals!
Happy Thanksgiving Day, my friend!
PS: And, thanks for your visit and sweet comment on my guest post at Kim's!
This made me tear up. I felt so sad for Ann in her loneliness and isolation. I'm so glad she has made friends now. Who knew a chicken could touch me so much?ReplyDelete
I'm so glad Ann is ok and doesn't have to be alone any more. Once again you've brought tears to my eyes Maureen with a beautifully written story with a happy ending.ReplyDelete
This is a most beautiful post. I loved your photos! You so captured the beauty of those 2 "friends" finding each other. And aren't we much the same way in life? We can isolate ourselves out of fear. If we only would be like Ann & wander over to our Molly & find comfort in the company. Thank you so much for sharing this. It truly was beautiful! I visited from Inspire Me Monday & am so glad that I did!ReplyDelete
Have a great Monday!
I'm so happy we didn't have to pull an "Off with her head!" and that you rescued Ann for us. We must have a Henry in our flock...lol! I'm ecstatic that your sweet caring brought her around. Now if you can just get her to lay eggs! xoReplyDelete
Awww,..what a great Thanksgiving story. And how awesome that you actually got some pics. :)ReplyDelete
What a sweet story! I'm so glad Anne has connected with the flock!ReplyDelete
Aww, that is so sweet. I'm glad she is now relaxed and enjoying her feathered friends. I love the photo of the wagon loaded with produce. Happy Thanksgiving to you Maureen.ReplyDelete
Ohhh, I love this. So glad you were able to rehabilitate that sweet gal.ReplyDelete
That is the best Thanksgiving story I have heard in a long time....you probably heard me say awww, very loudly all the way from there, didn't you, lol. So sweet and I am very glad that she has been accepted into the rest of your flock! Happy Thanksgiving! CathyReplyDelete
What a wonderful wee wagon! A happy belated Thanksgiving!ReplyDelete
Such a sweet story about a sweet girl. Nobody should have to be alone so I'm very glad Ann is now one of the girls. The picture of her looking through the fence at the girls in the yard broke my heart, but the picture of Ann and Molly resting together mended it! Thanks for such a nice post!!ReplyDelete
I didn't know they felt that way either, makes me think of those farms where they have hundreds of them just to lay eggs...so sad but so happy for her and you!ReplyDelete
Is it okay if I am shedding a few tears for poor Ann? I have a big old lump in my throat reading about her reaching out and touching beaks with her new friend. I am happy that she may be finding some peace in her life and a small bit of happiness. xo DianaReplyDelete
That is just so beautiful...ReplyDelete
I'm happy she has friends too.ReplyDelete
Maureen ... such a sweet story and so well written. You should be proud that you were able to help Ann adjust and now be happy.ReplyDelete
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
That's just the best story--I'm so glad for Miss Ann that she is now part of the family. Just goes to show we all need a bit of love. Thanks for helping her along.ReplyDelete
A heart warming tale from a wonderful story teller. Thank you for sharing this Thanksgiving message of courage and perseverance. (Ann's and yours!)ReplyDelete
I think Bruce Springsteen said it almost as good as you..."don't make no difference what nobody says...ain't nobody like to be alone. Everybody's got a hungry heart." Including chickens. Yay for Ann and yay for you for having patience! Love the pumpkin wagon!ReplyDelete
Oh that made me tear up. How sweet is that. I can imagine your sense of relief. Lovely story. Thanks for sharing that Maureen.ReplyDelete
Oh, my friend. Such a sweet story and a lovely gift on this dreary Chicago day.ReplyDelete
Awwwwwwwwwwww! I love love this story. It's so touching...ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh Maureen... this post got me all teary eyed. Animals never cease to amaze me. What a great post.ReplyDelete
Why not? Everyone needs love, right? This just proves even more that every little creature has feelings. Loved this, Maureen. Hugs, DebReplyDelete
Awww!!!! What a sweet (no sour) chicken....story!!!! :)ReplyDelete
I just blog hopped to this story and wow, you took my breath away. It made me so happy to see Ann relaxed and at peace. People too often think animals, and especially chicken, have no feelings, no soul. This post puts them wrong. Thank you for what you did for her.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed this sweet story, Maureen. I love your vignette too!ReplyDelete