Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Charlotte, Chicken Superstar

As you may or may not recall, last year I took Charlotte the hen into Cornwall to get her photo taken with Santa. This is an annual event in aid of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OSPCA, our local animal shelter.

This year, we did it again!


Santa remembered Charlotte. Of course, Santa remembers all the good little girls and boys!


Charlotte was extremely popular. Our friend Christina, a volunteer at the shelter, was happy to give Charlotte lots of tender loving attention...



Christina's quite the hen-handler!

As is...


...Mai Habib, a local journalist and broadcaster. Yes, Charlotte had a brush with fame!  She was very happy to be held by Mai. And when Charlotte decided that it was time to poop, she considerately aimed away from Mai's coat, sparing me untold embarrassment.


Three happy chicks!

The staff of the Pet Valu store on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall kindly gave me a lovely holiday bandanna for Charlotte to wear! They also generously provide a nice space for this annual event.



Christina lives around the corner from us with her parents roommates. We went to visit her and her miniature horses this weekend.  Photos of that outing (and a fashion show by her beagle Yagger) to follow soon! Christina does great work for the shelter and always has a smile on her face.  Charlotte loves her.



As you can see, Miz Charlotte was the feathered calm in the midst of chaos. She is comfortable around dogs and didn't bat an eyelash (do chickens have eyelashes?) at all the canine commotion.




Does she not look splendid in her party clothes?



Christina dressed for the occasion too. I made her turn on her Christmas-light necklace for me. I now have bulb-envy.

Our Charlotte is now 3-1/2 years old but still pumps out tasty brown-shelled tasty eggs. She's quite the coop hottie, and the roosters' enthusiasm for her shows in her worn back feathers. Time for me to get out the chicken saddle again!


After an hour or so, Charlotte's annual public appearance drew to a close.


 For a minute, I thought she was going to lay an egg in there.

I'm not sure what the next cat to use that crate will think... "For some reason, I'm craving catnip omelette!"



If you want to give a holiday donation to our shelter, just click here and designate the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry branch as recipient

Someone from the shelter suggested I look into turning Charlotte into a therapy chicken. No kidding, they exist! I would love to do this and am making enquiries.  She loves attention, makes people smile, and is always calm, cool and collected. Sounds to me like she has the makings of a perfect certified therapy chicken. Plus she rocks a bandanna. I'll keep you posted.

32 comments:

  1. How sweet! Charlotte is workin' that bandana.

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  2. she certainly made me smile....amazing girl :)

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    1. She's one special kitchen!

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  3. A real super star! What a great event to have the pets participate in. Love the photos, XOXO

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    1. It was so much fun. Great bunch of people!

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  4. That chicken is quite the performer. I guess if they're handled often they get accustomed to it.

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    1. I handled her from day one, so that must have done the trick!

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  5. Now I've seen it all. Does Santa send her a present too?

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  6. Did she leave a present on Santa's lap? :) She is too cute!!!!

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    1. She did not. She was VERY well behaved! :)

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  7. She truly is a star! Like she's been doing this forever!

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  8. This is heart-warming and Charlotte is a true star. This brings back memories of my childhood in New York City. Chickens posing for photos with Santa was a very common sight!

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    1. Now Mitchell, are you pulling my leg or is that true? Because in NYC I could see it happening!

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  9. Okay, ignorant city boy wants to know: once a chicken decides it's time to lay an egg, how long does it take?

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    1. Not a bad question! It seems to vary a bit. I read it takes about 24 hours for the egg to be formed and laid. But on the nest? Sometimes I've seen a hen sit there for 30 minutes, sometimes less, sometimes a bit more. Once the egg is laid, there's lots of loud, celebratory clucking! It's pretty funny.

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  10. Does Miss Charlotte 'do' autographs too?
    Jane x
    PS She knows she's gorgeous doesn't she!

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    1. Hmm, she should! I could sell prints of her foot!

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  11. Sounds like Charlotte would make a super therapy chicken. A warm chicken to pat would be very comforting. I think a therapy duck would be good, too - any volunteers?

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    1. The duck would definitely need a DIAPER!!! :)

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  12. Charlotte will be wanting you to dress her up like a Barbie for all special occasions, now! What a good girl to stay calm in all the commotion.

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    1. Hey, I should knit her a wardrobe!

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  13. You could hire her out for films, or TV.. if she ends up filming with Mr Clooney I want a backstage pass..

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    1. I'll be sure to get you in there!

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  14. I would certainly welcome a visit from Charlotte! Animals of any kind are a delight.

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  15. You all deserve an Oscar...specially Santa Claus! Charlotte loves every minute of attention. She wears fashion with flair!

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    1. Santa Claus was completely unfazed by the chicken. I guess he's seen it all!

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  16. You have such unusual events over in your neck of the woods!
    Charlotte seems so calm, she would make a fantastic therapy hen.

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!