Dissension in the Coop


It is hard to believe that is has almost been a year since we moved the new chickens into the chicken coop. An entire year since my husband and I transferred the new girls from the old block milk house to their new quarters.

I remember that for a while there was a bit of dissension in the chicken coop. Nothing major…just a bit of fussing and fluffing of feathers going on.

I remember it was fairly easy to capture them as they were used to me touching them and talking to them. We put them in a wooden chicken crate and transported them across the yard to the coop.

Once there, they did not seem to appreciate their much larger, more airy surroundings. Instead of gratitude they milled around, making questioning noises and generally looking a bit stressed and anxious.

The “old girls” were even less impressed with the change than the new girls were! They promptly exited nesting boxes and left the building.

The two groups were pretty leery of each other for a time. They tended to stick with the group they knew. I knew that down the road that would change and they would acclimate to life together.

For a long time they roosted as far away from each as they could get and still be on the roost. They would not eat together but huddled in their own groups and looked a bit miffed at the entire situation.

I had no doubt that in a short time they would come together as a group. I had no doubt that it would not take long and it would be hard to tell who was “old” and who was “new”.

In looking back I wonder if we, as people, are a lot like my girls?  When put in a new situation do we fuss, do we question and are we generally anxious and stressed? (I know I am!) I wonder if we tend to keep separate from things and people that we do not know.

I have a feeling that  for most of us, if not pushed, we do not make an effort to get to know the new  around us. I also know that if we don’t make that effort, we miss out on so much.

We miss out on amazing people who bless our lives. We miss out on experiences that enrich us and make for great memories. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and get to know the others in the coop!

Today you get three quotes because I just could not choose which one I liked the best.


“Walk with me for a while,
my friend
—you in my shoes, I in yours
—and then let us talk.” 

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway


“And that might just be the root of the problem:
we’re all afraid of each other.” 
― Leslye WaltonThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


If possible,
far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18


29 thoughts on “Dissension in the Coop

  1. susieshy45 says:

    What a great post ! And did the girls finally mix with each other, one year down the road ?
    Are all your chickens girls ?
    I agree with you- we tend to congregate with those who we know or are familiar with – we hesitate to accept new cultures, new languages, new religions or people who are different from us. But the Bible does say that at the cross all are the same- Jews and Gentiles alike. And so your message is just so right for the last week of Lent. Thank you, Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Susie! Yes the girls did end up meshing together. It is still kind of funny as now they tend to walk around with the other girls of their own breeds…Barred Rock with Barred Rock…Australorps with Australorps. They are so like people!!

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    Hard to get those chickens to accept a new home. Very hard for people to get use to new people. Takes time to build trust and new friends whether chicken or person. Fear of others is a common problem in this now hectic world. Like that chicken house of yours Faye.

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  3. bcparkison says:

    You know…as I read this my first thought is new roads. When I ‘have’ to go to town I pass several country roads I have never gone down. Don’t have any idea what is down there.People , or at least me people, don’t just drive around for the sake of driving. We used to do that …long ago. I remember growing up in Texas on weekends we would pile in the car and ride. Of course we were mostly going to look at junk airplanes my Dad might want to rebuild but at the time we were just going for a ride. Now gas didn’t cost a fortune then but payday wasn’t as hefty as today either. No one has time to just go with the flow any more. Kinda sad.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Your comment made me smile Beverly because as kids we also piled into the “Blue Goose” (our family Plymouth) and drove around with my Grandma to just look at stuff. We would go past places where my dad had done the well work or fixed the plumbing in the house or barn.
      Now my husband and I love it when summer comes. We hop on the motorcycle and look around at stuff. I usually haul the camera along as you never know what you will see.

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  4. beaconsoflife says:

    Your post is very timely. Just today I was thinking that my job is not made for me. A coworker said, she wanted me to get out of my comfort zone and get to know the kids I’m working with. Mind you they are 6th graders and it truly is an age group I am uncomfortable with. I’m an introvert and I’d rather curl up and read a book than get to know them. But as I read in Colossians 3, we are all to work for the Lord. So tomorrow, I return with this post and passage in mind. Thanks for sharing. You are a light when I need it.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am constantly amazed at God’s timing. I had started this post last year and never got around to finishing it….now I know why.
      My sister in law told me the same thing…that this post was exactly what she needed at this time. God’s time is always right. I am so glad it helped you out!


  5. Al says:

    There’s no way an old curmudgeon like me is going to “fit in” with a new group. I’d go to a support group for people who don’t like to socialize, but then I’d be socializing wouldn’t I? Just another of life’s conundrums.

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