I haven’t posted for a bit. I guess I’ve been distracted by all the politacal banter. I had an election block! So, here goes…
The term, “Chicken!” comes up a lot in conversations. It implies more than the species, I’m afraid.
We’ve all heard it since childhood. I wasn’t sure about the origin of the non species term, so…I looked it up.
The term “Chicken!” can be traced to Shakespeare’s time.
But I found this little tidbit about one way it came into the American vocabulary.
Chickening Out may come from 1864 Union Army enlistment in which a chicken was provided to each person who enlisted. He would take the chicken home, clean, dress, and cook it for dinner- no refrigeration in those days. The next day he came back to ship off for the Union Army.
Should he not come back his name was printed in the local paper-very shameful to the family name – not like today. A relative with the same family name could fulfill the Army contract by enlisting instead of the original person. The Union Army didn’t care as long as they got someone of worth.
We all remember the scenes from movies, American Graffiti, and Grease. The game of “Chicken” was played out in order to settle a score, impress a girl, or just to show off.
Anyway, I digress.
What I really wanted to talk about was…chickens!
Growing up, our family raised chickens for their eggs and their meat. I’ve talked about chickens before, but I truly love chickens.
They go about their days pecking at the ground, seemingly not a care in the world. We don’t give them a lot of credit for their smarts.
Chickens have played many roles in our literature and society.
There’s “Chicken Little,” who ran around proclaiming “The sky was falling!” We attach that term to people who are always forecasting doom.
Henny Penny reminded us of what escaping hard work will get you, nothing!
Those Henpecked husbands, we all know a few!
Chicks, the guys all talk about!
Cock of the walk, we know who he is!
But there is references of strength and loyalty in this species, as well.
We’ve all heard about “Mother hens.” I remember a story that made an impact on me when I was a little girl. It was about a mother hen who spread her wings over her brood to protect them from a fire. It made such an impression on me, that I asked my Mom if she would do that for me. She said, “Sure!”
As a result my extensive Chicken research, I found these nuggets…
CHICKENS SEE BETTER THAN HUMANS
CHICKENS TEACH EACH OTHER
CHICKENS HAVE THEIR OWN LANGUAGE
CHICKENS KNOW WHO THEIR OWNER ARE
THE EARLIEST CHICKEN JOKE IS DATED IN 1847
CHICKENS ARE SMARTER THAN BABIES
THE OLDEST CHICKEN LIVE TO 22 YEARS OLD
HENS COMBS GET LARGER JUST BEFORE THEY LAY
CHICKENS WERE THE FIRST TO HAVE THEIR DNA SEQUENCED
CHICKENS OUTNUMBER BY ROUGHLY 4 TO 1
HENS TALK TO THEIR CHICKS BEFORE THEY HATCH
CHICKENS ARE SPEEDY
CHICKENS HAVE HIERARCHIES
CHICKENS LOVE PLAYING
DUST BATHS ARE CHICKENS BEST FRIENDS
DOMESTICATED CHICKENS CAME FROM ASIAN JUNGLE FOWL
CERTAIN BREEDS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME EXTINCT
A DOZEN EGGS NEEDS FOUR POUNDS OF FEED
There now…I’ll bet you forgot all about the election!
Go hug a chicken!