Our chickens have it pretty good. They have a large coop and lots of nesting boxes. Their water and feed is always fresh. And their outside pen is HUGE! So why is it that this particular chicken flies the coop every day?!
Truly, she flies over the fence everyday usually within five minutes of being let out. She spends the rest of her day wondering the entire farm, eating the grass and bugs, playing with the kittens and escaping the overwhelming affection of Lester, the rooster.
I guess when you put it that way, her desire for freedom is completely understood.
I mean, don’t we all want to escape sometimes? The bonds of our lives may not be so tangible, but they are there. And I think we are always looking for ways to get out, even if it’s just for an afternoon. It’s why we love movies, books, reality TV and wine, right?
There is something to be said for freedom. But it always comes with a price tag. Henrietta, as the kids have named her, knows that she has to come back into the coop every night. If not, the resident fox or raccoon family will eat her. And so when I call her, she usually comes running.
But I know tomorrow, she’ll make the great escape all over again! And I will envy her, just a little.