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Mr. Chicken Head

Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

The colors of autumn are all around us.













Young Pheasant.

There she is in the back with chickens.

Mr. Cottage is back home from the hospital.  His surgery went very well, better than we anticipated.   A nurse comes twice a week and physical therapist 3 times a week for the next two weeks.  He has good moments and days and then some that aren’t so good.  I guess it is all to be expected.

I was so tired and full of anxiety by the time I brought him home from the hospital I was a total Nurse Cratchett, so frustrated that I couldn’t seem to do anything to make him comfortable I ended up being short-tempered with him.  That first night and the next day he was home was pure hell.  The doctor injected a pain/numbing/anti-inflammatory during surgery that is supposed to last up to 72 hours and it worked quite well, of course by the time I brought him home it had worn off and the pain was off the chart.  I hate that.  We are getting by now.  Very grateful that he is doing as well as he is.

Our community hospital is a very attractive facility with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, excellent care and all around a good place to be, even though you never want to spend time in the hospital it isn’t so bad here.  Since surgery was scheduled for Halloween, I suggested to Mr. Cottage that we dress up for the big day.

His surgeon got a big kick out of his chicken outfit.




Our two Polish chicks decided about a week ago that they were not going to roost in the coop at night and would fly up high in the dogwood tree next to their coop at roosting time and there was no getting them down.  The night of the surgery, I came home and found that Augustine had been decapitated.  I was so grief-stricken and of course, there wasn’t a thing I could do about it, but bury her and move on.  The morning after I brought Mr. Cottage home from the hospital, I found that Pocus too had been decapitated during the night.  And that was that.    This is the ugly side of farming that I hate and no matter how often it happens it rocks my world.  I can’t seem to honor them with grieving the way I need to because something else happens and I have to move on to the next event.  Just venting a little.

I was standing at the kitchen window the other day, watching the chickens when I saw a movement under the Magnolia tree, I thought to myself, that isn’t a chicken.  There, there it goes again.  A juvenile female Pheasant.  Sure enough, I grabbed my camera and took a few shots.  She spent the day hanging out with chickens.   When evening came and I was locking up the coops I looked everywhere for her, hoping maybe she would go in with them, then I wouldn’t have to worry with finding her dead in the morning.  Morning came and I couldn’t find her anywhere.  I searched all day and there was no sign of her.  The next day I was heading down to the farm stand and I saw something move over by the blueberry bushes and there was a beautiful male Pheasant, he quickly ran off into the woods.  I haven’t seen either one since.  I like to think they are hanging out together and all is well.

Thank you all for your support and sharing your thoughts on Angels.  It’s all good.

xo Kim

16 thoughts on “Mr. Chicken Head

  1. LaDy says:

    So glad Mr. Cottage is at home and recuperating. I’m sure it’s a long road ahead and knowing Mr. Cottage, being down and not being able to get around as often and as quickly as he would like will be frustrating. And having him under foot will be even more frustrating! LOL Just kidding you two.


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    1. OMG – you know it – under foot! Togetherness and all that stuff. Seriously nothing more frustrating to him than not being able to do stuff – sitting still not his thing. Sigh. We will get through this though and go forth.. xo kim


  2. Lisa says:

    I’m am happy to hear that Mr. Cottage’s surgery went well. It looks like Nurse Kitty is taking good care of him 🙂

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    1. hi Lisa – yup surgery way better than the last time and we are so grateful. Tripod Cat loving that he has two laps to sit in full time! xo kim


  3. Pam Kaufman says:

    Glad your husband made it through surgery well! Sorry to hear about your chickens. We do not keep animals due to our busy schedules. We have a lot of raccoons, coyote and hawks around so I’m sure we would loose some to predators if we did and I just don’t think I could handle that. I was cleaning up my garden about a week ago and saw a gorgeous male pheasant with two females! Love to see them but, like you, I worry about them too.

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    1. Hi Pam – yes all those predators out there just waiting to have the chicken buffet, I’m not a very tough farmer like I guess, you’re supposed to be in this business, it upsets me every single loss. Aww how awesome you got to see the pheasant with his harem. I haven’t seen those two again since the first sighting. They are doing a lot of logging – clear-cutting not far from us, and it always upsets the natural balance of nature and wildlife – they are forced to find new places to live and hunt. Grrr. xo kim


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Glad to hear Mr. Cottage is home and the two of you looked great for Halloween. Might as well laugh sometimes to get through the trying moments in your life. The cat looks cozy but maybe that is the cat’s chair and it is miffed? I seem to remember remarking one time on a photo of a cat enjoying a comfortable chair and staking it as its own. I love the Fall colors and the wicked winds we had yesterday and even more so tomorrow (45-50 mph) are stripping those beautiful leaves off the trees and they are swirling around on the ground now. Fall is my favorite season yet so fleeting sometimes. I’m sorry to hear about the chickens – a fellow blogger had a turkey named Gladys … she was a pet and Sarah had just posed with Gladys in a really up-close selfie, I mean beak to face … and a predator got in Glady’s pen or coop overnight and she was killed. Sarah was devastated. Then she lost 5 or 6 Muscovy ducklings a few weeks later inside the same coop area. Farm life is rewarding, but tough as you say … especially for us bleeding hearts, it is often hard to just buck up and go on. Take care of yourself Kim and yes, Mr. Cottage too.

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    1. Hi Linda – yes, we tried to make a serious situation a little more light-hearted. I’m sad to hear your blogging buddy lost her Gladys and ducklings, oh my gosh it is hard. Hold on – don’t let those winds blow you away – I think they made their way here yesterday and today, rain and wind have done a number bringing the leaves down. We are doing our best to get by. xo kim

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        Yes, Sarah was very devastated by those back-to-back losses and she had just taken the selfie with Gladys a few days before and it was a sweet photo. Then the ducklings. Very sad. Those winds were pretty wicked here as well and I feared our power would go out as had happened before, but knock on wood – no issues yet. A little snow though and that took everyone by surprise. Glad you’re getting by – hope Mr. Cottage is on the mend. {{{ hugs to you from here in SE Michigan }}}

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Okay. . . . that chicken head is . . . disturbing.

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    1. Ha ha – maybe it’s the surgical gown…

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      1. tonytomeo says:

        No . . . . it is definitely . . . . the head.

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  6. Debra says:

    God bless you both-you’ve been through a lot. Praying for a fast recovery!

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    1. Debra – thinking of you and thanking you for your thoughts. xo kim


  7. DA Squires says:

    Hi Kim!
    So glad and relieved to hear the surgery went better than expected…hopefully that bodes well for his recovery as well… life on a farm requires so much hard work and at times, heartache. I don’t think I would be strong enough to handle–you are amazing. Sending all good wishes for as quick a recovery as possible… maybe he would enjoy The Fantastic Tails while cooped up in recovery : ) XOXO Love the fall photos!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie – Thank you for all the good wishes. I think it is safe to say Mr. Cottage is going bonkers at this point – lack of sleep and pain and being stuck in the house – all too much for him at this time. Hoping next week things will start to ease up for him in the pain department, and perhaps elusive sleep will return. Then maybe he can concentrate on something other than his misery. xo kim


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