think like a cartoon

The weather outside has been frightful. And despite temperatures at night dipping below freezing, our crazy birds (chickens and ducks) have stubbornly decided to brave the cold and snub the shelter. This has forced my husband to catch them and force them into their warm houses. Or should I say try. That’s the key word. He’s trying to catch them. They aren’t cooperating with that plan. In fact, we now have four rogue chickens roaming the yard. Four hens that refuse to be caught.

I threw my hat into the ring this evening and pulled out the chicken crack (a loaf of bread) and attempted to coax them into the coop with the others, to no avail. Those broads are totally not interested in warm and cozy. They want to be free.

It’s time to break out the big guns. And no, I’m not suggesting we shoot them. But we need to catch them. And soon.

We need to start thinking like a cartoon. You know…like Wile E. Coyote.

And trust me, I’m on it. But I really need an Acme chicken trap…or a giant net maybe. Because seriously…these chickens have totally studied the Tao of the Road Runner. I’m on a constant look out for an anvil to drop out of the sky and squash me where I stand. Don’t laugh…it could happen. I can only hope I would survive as gracefully as the coyote has over the years. Somehow, I don’t think I would.

From here on out, I need to tread lightly. Think carefully. Plan thoroughly. And look up Acme products online. I’m not taking any chances.

Until the next time…I’ll be hunting chickens!

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Posted on October 31, 2012 .