Chicken Chat

I’d like to start this post off with a really funny conversation I had with one of my 8 year old students at work on Monday regarding chickens. My chickens.

It began in the office while Ben (fake name) was being observed for a bit after he bumped his head out on the playground. I was manning the office, solo, for about 15 minutes. I think the subject of what and how many pets we own came up and for about 10 minutes, he excitedly picked my brain about the 21 chickens I told him we have in our backyard. He was stoked over this news. I could see it in his eyes that his wheels were turning. We even brought math into the conversation. I explained to him that, normally, a grown chicken will/should lay one egg every day. Again, another mind bomb! How many eggs should I get a week, I asked him. 147. Whoa! “Can I have one?”, he asks. I informed him that we do sell eggs by the dozen (so no, he can’t have one) for $4. “Do you have $4?”, I asked. He replied, “…I have more than $4.” I then explained that I can’t and won’t sell a dozen eggs to him without permission from his parents, first. I’d need a handwritten note from Mom first. He understood.

Minutes later I was back in my art class, pulling a group of kids from his classroom…him included. For at least 5 more minutes during art, we discussed the issue of the eggs further. He asked, “If I bring you the note from my mom tomorrow, when’s the soonest that I’ll get the eggs? What about if I bring it in 2 days?” We were making detailed arrangements and I’d never seen him more excited about something than I had at that moment.

Now here’s where moods shift. I don’t know what was said, either on my end or his, to make him come to this realization…but he blurts out, “What?! Those kind of eggs? I can just go by those eggs at the market! Why would I give you $4 for them!?” His egg bubble was just busted and I had no clue what had just happened. I asked him what in the world kind of eggs did he think I was selling him. After a few more minutes of questioning and trying to get to the bottom of this, I figured it out. He thought I was selling him a dozen eggs…with chicks in them. He totally thought he was going to pay $4 for 12 baby chicks! No wonder he was so thrilled over eggs. Of course, I couldn’t explain to him that you need a rooster to fertilize the eggs to make baby chicks, and that we don’t have a rooster. I think he thought that since these eggs were dropping straight from the chicken and into our hands, that babies were in them. I wonder where he thinks the eggs they sell at the market come from?

Anyways, I felt terrible. I laughed a little but mostly apologized. He reminded me that he’s just a kid and how is he to know this stuff. I concluded our conversation with, “just so you know for future reference, no one sells eggs like that. ” Poor kid. I kind of want to surprise him with chicks, now. Or, at least one of our chickens. How about the one that we suspect is actually a rooster. I’m sure his parents (and neighbors) would love that.

Now, on to photos of my beauty. Mia loves our chickens. Sometimes she’ll make “babababa” sounds when Daddy and I ask her what sound a chicken makes. It’s funny watching her follow them around the yard, trying to catch up to one to touch it. They’re too fast for her.

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She always stops what she’s doing to focus in on airplanes that soar overhead.

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She loves playing in the dirt, just like Daddy.

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