Chicken privacy March 10, 2017
I was ready for many adventures when I decided to start keeping chickens! I imagined us all in the garden working and snacking together. I envisioned us napping on the hammock under the summer sun. I knew we would have many interesting conversations, even though I don’t know how to cluck! The one thing that I failed to see was the loss of my privacy. Chicken privacy is something different—-something I didn’t expect!
MY privacy started to turn into “chicken privacy” little by little. First with little peeks in the window: ‘Hello, hi, are you busy? Got any treats?’
“Yes, I have treats… and how can I refuse? Look at you, so cute peeking in my window asking politely.”
Of course, I opened the door to give her the treats.
Here’s where it got hairy. Or maybe feathery.
Because like any good sister would, she went back and shared her story of treat triumph.
And her sister came back with her to look for more.
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for them all to catch on.
Chicken Privacy Spreads
Once they wore me down, they began trying to convince The Boy to give them treats, too. And he was more willing to give up his privacy to them than I was!
Mistakes will happen and back doors will accidentally get left open in life… but if you own chickens, open doors lead to wandering beaks. Chickens are curious creatures and will explore a new area given the chance.
Before I knew it, I was sharing my lunches! Sometimes willingly, sometimes not!
They’re never picky about what food they want to snack on and will gladly eat anything that is within inches of their beak.
I soon stopped wondering what happened to how I ended up with chicken privacy when I realized it went out the door the moment I let the chickens into my heart. I have learned to live with the loss of privacy although we have made some compromises. The garden is now fenced in, the doors to the house are more carefully closed, and I have figured out how to have the chickens work for me.
We do nap in the hammock and have interesting conversations (I think?). The chickens bring so much joy to our lives that dealing with chicken privacy is worth it all.
Have you lost your privacy too? Share in the comments below.