Guest Blogger: “Chuck” the Chicken-Duck


Please welcome the Flying T’s first guest-blogger, our 13yo daughter…

I mentally go through the birds as I check on them for the night. 5 ducks. Check. 6 Rhode Island Red hens. Check. 3 Araucana hens. Check. 1 Araucana rooster. Check. 15 Barred Rock chicks. Check.  1 chicken-duck. Check.

You may be wondering about that last bird. No, it is not a new-fangled hybrid of some kind. It’s just a Araucana hen that thinks she’s a duck. It’s true. And it just goes to prove that we didn’t buy chickens just for the farm-fresh free-ranged eggs, we also bought them for the amusement they give.

Daisy... not a Chuck

This particular hen, we think, has had traumatizing brain damage in the past. When she was a chick, just 2 or 3 days old, she got stuck under the gallon water feeder. Really, with 12 chicks jumping around squawking “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”, it’s kind of hard to tell if all of them are on the other side of the cage. This one barely survived. She was held so much during the fact though, for basically an hour or two straight, that she is friendly to this day. She has earned her ticket out of freezercamp, insane as she is.

As I mentioned earlier, she thinks she is a duck. So we call her “Chuck the chicken-duck”. This happened when we first got the ducks a few weeks ago. Layer pellets taste good to a chicken still on grower food! Ever since she learned that this yummy delight came from the grain bin, she follows us around, trying her hardest to “trill” like a Muscovy Duck. They sound like “crrrrrooooooooo”, she sounds like “crrrrooAWWWWWWK!”. But she tries.

Chuck the Chicken Duck

Chuck has not yet started sleeping over at the ducks, but she is close. As it is, she follows them around like they are the Pied Piper of Hamelin. When we fenced off part of the horse’s stall (where the chickens usually come in under the gate) for the goats, Chuck thought it was so unfair that her supposed kin were on the other side of the fence, and she couldn’t get to them. She ran up and down the fence, squawking out her version of trilling. We finally picked her up and let her out with the ducks.

Chuck even joins them for their midday snooze. They won’t let her into their private dog pile in the hay, of course, but she sleeps in the other corner of the duck’s stall, wings folded, head cocked back, imitating the way the ducks sleep.

We are looking forward to more chicken-ducks when Chuck lays her eggs in the duck’s nesting box. Rather like the story of The Ugly Duckling.

Chickens are so amusing.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matt on September 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Shouldn’t she have a written checklist in hand. Too many opportunities for mistakes trying to remember numbers, names, and places.

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  2. Posted by Wendy on September 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    H, I could “hear” your voice in this post and could almost hear your brother & sister adding in their contributions to the story. I miss your stories so much! Hope your dad lets you guest post often!

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  3. Posted by Rebecca C. on September 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic kids’ book it even has a catchy title!

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  4. Haha, cute! Chuck sounds like quite the character! We have a Chuck, too, but ours is a steer who has NOT earned a ticket out of freezer camp! (Think Chuck Roast.)
    Great post!

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  5. Posted by catconnor on September 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hilarious! When I was a teenager we had a bantam hen that thought she was a cat. I agree chickens are very amusing! 🙂

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  6. Well written Miss H! I am officially in love with Chuck!! Miss you all!!

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  7. […] farm, homesteading. Leave a Comment A while back, one of the kids wrote a blog post about “Chuck the Chicken Duck,” one of our Araucanas who felt more comfortable with the ducks than her own […]

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  8. How come I have not seen this before? I just came upon part 2, after a brief absence, and felt this was a perfect story to read upon returning to the Flying T Ranch. You write very well. Your tone is that of someone who truly enjoys writing too. Now I must read Part 2! See you again in a moment!

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  9. […] Begin here… Guest Blogger: “Chuck” the Chicken-Duck […]

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  10. Posted by ronald.schneider.391@facebook.com Ss on November 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    What you have is not a true chicken duck. You have a regular hen. I have a true chicken duck. A true chicken duck is a chicken that walks like a duck, acts like a duck and has the personality of a duck. Look on google under the title Chuck the Chicken Duck and you will see what a real chicken duck looks like or come to my Facebook page and contact me.

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