Chicken Kisses

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

I find chicken personalities endlessly fascinating.

Sofia, my only adopted hen (neighbors were down to one girl after multiple predator raids and thought she needed a flock) is the queen of the outliers.  She is one odd bird.  No one picks on her, but on the other hand, she does not have a chicken BFF.  Doink is her best friend.  She still sleeps next to him, even though Louise continues to make it a threesome.

Sofia is INTENSE.  I can feel when she’s behind me, and in the barnyard she is often close to me.  She never hangs out with the other chickens.  I think if she was human she would walk around with kinda squinty eyes and a knotted brow.  She would probably always dress in black.  You would feel slightly uncomfortable if she stared at you.

So I found it odd when I saw Sofia getting up close and personal with Cindy Lou, the hen who frankly has no positive personality traits whatsoever.  Cindy Lou is bossy and unfriendly.  She is a mean girl and I believe her chicken cup is always half empty.

Yet Cindy Lou stood totally still and accepted Sofia’s “kisses”.  (Yeah, I know, they’re not kisses.  But play along with me, ok?)  I’ve seen it happen a few times now.

You don't mind me being this close, do you?

You don’t mind me being this close, do you?

Well then, how about this?

Well then, how about this?

Let me put one right on the kisser, ok?

I’m gonna put one right on the ol’ kisser, ok?

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling much better now.

Come on, can I get a smile?  No?  Well, I know you liked it, even if you’re too tough to admit it. 

And so it goes.  Chicken kisses in the barnyard.  It’s just a little thing that happened in the middle of a somewhat unremarkable day.  Just a little thing to make that day…a little sweeter.

(Shared at Simple SaturdaysHeritage HomesteadersHomestead Barn Hop, Backyard Farming Connection, Tuesdays With A TwistMaple Hill HopDown Home HopHomeAcre Hop, Frugal Days Sustainable WaysSimple Lives Thursday104 Homestead HopInspired WeekendsFarmgirl Friday and From The Farm Hop!)


  1. So cute…I sent this to a friend!

    ♬♬♬ Happy Saint Patrick’s Day ♬♬♬
    Linda recently posted…The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday—I Do Not Understand You, Boomer!

    • A friend sent this to me and I had to laugh a lot. At first could not tell which one was doing the kissing… I know it a thingie with dominance so I have read…but these two are so cute ? I have seven Easter Eggers with all K names as we all live in Kamiah. They will be 2 yrs old March 7 and I raised them from babies. Never again….lots of work. But this brightened my day. Thanks everyone for sharing.

  2. Everyone needs a buddy, glad they have each other 🙂
    Jen recently posted…Surprises In A Storm Cloud…

  3. Thanks for sharing on Simple Saturdays. Fun to read. I too find chicken personalities endlessly fascinating. They really do have distinct personalities!
    janetpesaturo recently posted…Cajeta Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate Chunks and Pecans

  4. What is it about chickens that we can’t get enough of? I just love them and just found photos recently of our sweet hens from a few years ago. They are the best! Thanks for posting, and I love your own photo under “Who is the Chicken Mama?” too! Take good care!
    Karen recently posted…Make Models of Atoms and Molecules With Kids! A Beginner’s Learning Project.

  5. Cute story! Chickens have so much personality!
    Jennifer recently posted…Red Crossbill

  6. awwwwww that sooooo cute 😀 I LOVE CHICKENS! – Nicole recently posted…fixing a knocking engine – ford 8n

  7. Love reading your blog, followed from Homestead Barn Hop, but disappointed that the pictures do not show on my browser. I can see the captions but not the pictures. 🙁

    I too, just adopted a chicken who was the last of her flock, and hoping she will find a BFF in the flock.

  8. What a charming post Joan! I loved it 🙂 I guess it resonates with all of us chicken mamas out there! I have seen quite a few chicken kisses in my day but you captured them beautifully 🙂
    KarenLynn@Lil’SuburbanHomestead recently posted…Sowing Seeds, Swapping Dreams, and Reaping The Harvest

  9. Maybe she’s just a close talker??? ;0) Glad they have each other. Thanks for sharing your outdoor post on today’s Maple Hill Hop!
    daisy recently posted…The Maple Hill Hop 20

  10. Ha ha! So cute! I can hear Sophia saying, “Wait! You gotta little something right here….ok, I got it.” Thanks for the laugh this morning. I found my way here through the 104 Homestead Blog Hop.
    Grow a Good Life recently posted…Presprouting Seeds

  11. 🙂 Cute! Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today 🙂
    lisa lynn recently posted…The HomeAcre Hop #61