Two days later, we take two of the grandkids to Beach Plum Farm, a small jewel of a place with pretty plants, a minor gift shop and chickens to feed.
It's perfect for the little ones. We walk amongst the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme and head for the chickens. A rooster crows and I explain to little Bridget how the rooster makes the sun come up every morning. She's not sure whether to believe me or not and I'm okay with that because there will be plenty more lies to follow as we grow old together. She'll get to pick and choose.
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I put quarters into the chicken feed machine and twist the knob. I hand the small, paper cone to Bridget and she has her first experience feeding fowl. She's adorable and the chickens are hungry. A hen follows the cracked corn pellets and comes very close to us. Bridget is delighted, as is Quinn in her stroller. A red hen walks over to me and does that thing that chickens do with their heads when they're looking around.
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And down. The chicken notices the red spot on my injured left toe. I'm watching this but not quite registering the chicken's interest or intent with my old-guy brain. Her head is bobbing up and down and my beloved grandgirls and I still think this is delightful. She hammers her pointy beak dead-center into my open wound.
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Not once, but twice, and chicken-quick. Cluck, cluck! Once I get my breath back and manage to stand still, Bridget kneels down and says to the chicken, "That's not corn. That's Poppy's toe. You're silly! Anyway, I survive and with a fine story for you. We all go out to a nice lunch. I order chicken, of course. Toggle navigation Answers in minutes. Sign into the forum Contractor Login.
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