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The chickens

So I had a request for the chicken coop story. There's actually several stories about my Uncle Wayne and the chickens they kept on the family farm but this one is probably the best of the lot and shows how creative and smart the man actually was. There are days I wish I'd known him.
Keeping in mind that Uncle Wayne was born in 1928 and grew up on a farm during the Great Depression, my Dad says they had to make their own fun. So one day Uncle Wayne decided to electrify the chicken coop. I don't know that anyone in the family actually knows exactly *how* Uncle Wayne managed to do this but he wired it so every single perch had a wire and current running along it when the master switch was thrown. And it being my Uncle had a sense of humor very much like my own, he waited until all the chickens had gone in to roost for the night before he turned it on. My Dad said you never saw chickens move so fast or so many feathers flying.
Admittedly if something like this were done today there would be some major animal abuse issues and I don't condone shocking your chickens in any way - it's just one of those stories that float around in families. Like the guillotine my Dad and uncle built to kill the chickens for supper or the hissing frogs under the chicken feed. Or the shock plate under the chicken feed.

I'm always amazed my Grandmother had any eggs to feed the family. *grin*


I have my Chemistry final tomorrow and I don't think I'm going to pass the first time around. *whimper* Where's Horatio when I need him?

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ilh214
Mar. 25th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't condone shocking your chickens in any way

up until this point i was taking notes...lol. i want to shock something...maybe not a chicken coop, though. but only because i don't have one handy.

great story. and good luck on your chem final!
lexxiescott
Mar. 26th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Honestly I only added that so folks wouldn't think I was infavor of animal abuse. :) I really wish I could've known Wayne. He sounds really awesome.
Just don't shock yourself, kiddo, especially in the radio station. Done that a couple of times on the board.

And thanks. I'm sure I'll be ranting about it soonly. :)
wolfsong98
Mar. 26th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
good luck on your final.
lexxiescott
Mar. 26th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks kiddo. :)
kate_mct
Mar. 26th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Both sets of my grandparents raised chickens and I don't recall them shocking them. Though once, a hen chased my cousin Patty around the yard cuz Patty got too close to the hen's chicks. That was pretty hilarious. :) Good luck with the chem exam. *hugs*
lexxiescott
Mar. 26th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
I've never really been around chickens - the family farm was with another uncle by the time I was born - but can imagine they can be pretty funny at times.
*hugs back* Thanks.
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