It is very appealing to think of keeping chickens. I imagine myself scattering seed in the early morn, then gathering the eggs gently into my apron. Blogs have saved me from this false (or perhaps “dramatically incomplete” would be a better word) imagery: reading other people’s chicken-raising experiences has made me feel (1) like I really could keep chickens if I wanted to, and also (2) deeply grateful, as I put a carton of grocery-store eggs into my shopping cart.
Still, the chickens continue to appeal. I have a two pieces of chicken-related art in my kitchen: one of a hen and her chicks, and one deceptively representing our kitchen as a place where fresh eggs can be purchased. They are an excellent way to enjoy chickens without the various downsides, and I have considered acquiring more of those instead of acquiring chickens (or bees, which I think are going to replace chickens as the new house-farm hotness).
Farm Bureau Co-op Chicks (photo from Amazon.com). This would go well with other prints in my kitchen—I have quite a few of those fake/reproduction vintage signs for food and coffee and…chickens.
Chickens Wearing Shoes (photo from ChasingtheCrayon on Etsy). I didn’t even notice at first that they were wearing shoes. Now I badly want to know what kind of shoes the brown chicken is wearing.
The Chicken or the Egg (photo from PRRINT on Etsy). It’s true I don’t have much experience with chickens (I do have an apron, but that’s it), but is that a rooster standing on that egg? The tail, am I right?
Paint Chip Chicken (photo from Platy Cat Studio on Etsy). I love this tiny, tiny chicken painting on a paint chip! (I do wish the artist’s signature didn’t draw the eye so immediately to the chickenbuttular region, but we enjoy a good “Guess what?” “Chicken butt!” joke at our house, so perhaps this would be a plus rather than a minus.)
Austin’s Funky Chicken Coop Tour Poster (photo from Joeseppi on Etsy). I was torn between this one and the Heroic Chicken print.
Poultry Poster (photo from Allposters.com). I like a picture that has lots to look at.
H is for Hen Poster (photo from Allposters.com). (I sat there mouth-breathing for a few seconds, thinking, “But chicken starts with C!”) This would be great in a nursery. Baby’s first chicken art!
Good Housekeeping May 1925 Chicken Cover (photo from Allposters.com). YES, that is pretty much exactly the way I imagined myself with the chickens.