Friday, 22 May 2009

Pneumatic Hens?



It seems that Eggy and Peggy may have hidden depths.  They could even be killer chickens, if you're under 5 or over 65.   Infact, they had been nicknamed by my neighbour a while ago "The Queen Street Two" which does seem like quite a menacing tag!

It's Jimmy's job to tend to their daily requirements, food, water, egg collection ... and on seeing his x-ray results today, the doctor, looking quite perplexed, told me that the strain of pneumonia that Jimmy had contracted, is normally passed on by birds ...  "do you have any birds?" he enquired... "Chickens" said I ... the doctor then asked if there were any budgies or the like living in the household ... 'nope, just chickens'.  It was difficult for me to tell if he counted chickens as birds or not, perhaps he didn't like to say ...

Ofcourse Jimmy is delighted as whether it was them or not, he sees this as one less chore for him, and I have to admit that I am a bit reluctant to ask him to resume his chickenly duties when he is fully better... Mr Marmalade isn't being at all helpful either, he's convinced that "pneumonia" really means 'bird flu'!  I'm thinking that maybe it was the big fat pigeons' fault .. I guess we'll never know which bird was the culprit - I'm eyeing them all with suspicion!

Except Mr and Mrs Robin ofcourse.  On my way back from the chicken coop this afternoon, look what I spied in the Honeysuckle bush...



9 comments:

Billie Jane said...

Ah... the chicken flu thing... you have to get down and dirty with your birds (if you see what I mean) in order to catch anything from them. If Jimmy washes his hands after collecting eggs and isnt actually sitting in hen poo or the like, I wouldnt have thought he could catch anythng. ooh er Missus!

dottycookie said...

Oh, yes, those chickens look all innocent now but you know that really they are plotting our demise ;-)

Pink Feather Paradise said...

When I read your title I thought that your hens were in the building trade or you were hiring them out to the road crews to dig up roads! I had visions of 2 little chickys running arounding with their littles heads frantically banging into the ground with tarmac and concrete flying in all directions as the dashed hither and thither leaving a path of destruction in their wake!!

or is that a different type of Pneumatic!

Definately blame the pidgeon... especially if hes sitting on a stool!

Sorry got my over tired silly head on ! :D

x Alex

Gina said...

Must be the pigeon - couldn't possibly be Eggy and Peggy!

Fancy Elastic said...

Ha Ha! Oh, no, chickens aren't birds... how hilarious!

I reckon get that boy back out with the chickens. If he is worried offer him some protective clothing - rubber gloves, goggles, face mask etc.

xx

Kathi D said...

Oh nooooooo! Killer chicken flu!

The Coffee Lady said...

killer chickens need a theme tune

peppermintpatcher said...

Well.. lucky you don't have any pigs!

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Sending get well wishes your way...