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The house-chicken

 

Spotted in a private house with garden nr. Südlohn at the German/Dutch border - The chicken is already an old lady (10 years old) and lives mostly inside the house as the Dutch landlady of the private garden told me, last autumn she laid  her last eggs, she is the only chicken of this family, for she would not cope living together with other chickens, because she would be too weak to defend her own area in the pecking order. She seems now to be content with her stoic and quiet life in retirement. Sometimes she will be carried outside to enjoy the sun. I forgot to ask after her name. I like to call her 'Aneke' or 'Mutti' as Pauline from Cornwall named one of her chickens. Aneke didn't feel disturbed in any way as we passed her on our way to the toilet. It is fine to see  her receiving her well deserved 'charity'/Gnadenbrot as aged lady.

The house-chicken

 

Spotted in a private house with garden nr. Südlohn at the German/Dutch border - The chicken is already an old lady (10 years old) and lives mostly inside the house as the Dutch landlady of the private garden told me, last autumn she laid  her last eggs, she is the only chicken of this family, for she would not cope living together with other chickens, because she would be too weak to defend her own area in the pecking order. She seems now to be content with her stoic and quiet life in retirement. Sometimes she will be carried outside to enjoy the sun. I forgot to ask after her name. I like to call her 'Aneke' or 'Mutti' as Pauline from Cornwall named one of her chickens. Aneke didn't feel disturbed in any way as we passed her on our way to the toilet. It is fine to see  her receiving her well deserved 'charity'/Gnadenbrot as aged lady.

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2019, 00:22
What an interesting story, Philine.
Philine: I liked to hear this story. Many thanks, Ray!
Elle a de la chance d'avoir une telle propriétaire.
Philine: vraiment - merci bien, Martine!
Aw - very sweet!!
Philine: I thought the same, many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2019, 06:00
This is a lovely story, frankly, I didn´t know what age chickens can reach if they are not eaten before... I also love the old suitcase, which is standing behind her, looks much older than ten years!
Philine: I like to hear this verhalltje, and the landlady told it in Dutch, a special pleasure for me. Heel bedankt, Salima!
Très originale comme animal de compagnie !
Philine: animal de compagnie surement, merci beaucoup, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 May 2019, 07:17
This surely is the state of affairs we all aspire to after a lifetime of toil, in her case the laying of eggs..
Philine: You might be right, but do we all have relatives who care for us in this way? Many thanks, Chris!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 May 2019, 07:33
I think that she is a very lucky hen.
Philine: and hopefully also a happy hen, you know the difference between 'happy' and 'lucky'! Many thanks, Chad!
I had to smile at this Philine. She has been well rewarded for her years of supplying eggs
Philine: I agree with you, a nice couple to treat her in this way. Many thanks, Bill, we have wonderful, sunny weather now. The weather is almost the best thing in this turbulent year.
What a lovely way to be treated in her old age, Philine. It's nice to see such caring humans.
Philine: I agree with you completely, many thanks, Beverly!
I am so glad she gets to like a full life.
Philine: Many thanks, Mary!
What a lovely story, not many Chickens get to retire gracefully.
Philine: Yes, it is a fine life for the old chicken lady, many thanks, Brian!

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