I am scrabbling for a word
To describe the noise of chickens
Scrabbling in the garden

It isn’t rustling
The leaves above are doing that
Rustle is a high pitched word
I need a lower pitch
Mustle, grustle
Tustle is what one hen is doing with a worm

Now there’s a sudden outbreak of snail football
The snail always loses

It’s life

On this sunny afternoon
Maybe it’s scrabbling after all

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

Flockdown has ended here in England, my hens can now roam across the garden once more!


15 thoughts on “Scrabbling

  1. How wonderful !! I hope they appreciate the importance of the occasion ! Here the black and white cat is not impressed with the offerings brought home from the very limited selection of cat foods at the supermarket. He goes without until he is starving and has to suffer whatever is available – not his choice, which tends to be faddy anyway.

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    1. They got rather overexcited! Had to get them home earlier than expected, due to damage to seed beds.

      Cats are often faddy aren’t they? My friends cat decided to adopt another family when she went away over Easter. He never likes being fed my me.

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    1. Yup, poultry lockdown due to Bird Flu in wildfowl populations. Bird flu is fatal to domestic poultry, and transmitted via droppings, so my girls had to stay under a roof for the last 8 months. It was a legal requirement, hence the ‘flockdown’, name!

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