The Beak - our little chook/chicken

@JudyEv (264280)
Rockingham, Australia
January 14, 2022 8:34pm CST
A ‘chook’ is an Australian word for ‘chicken’ or ‘hen’. We rescued a little chicken once. It had got separated from its family and was cold and wet from the long grass and quite weak. I dropped it into a sock and popped it on a hot water bottle. When I checked it, the poor little thing was panting and very warm indeed. I gave it some water off the end of a spoon and put it in a box. In September, 1984, I gave The Beak as we called it to my mother, as we were moving. ‘The Beak’ is an old term for a judge or anyone in authority. We didn’t know she’d turn out to be a hen. Lately, I’ve been going through my mother’s old diaries. There are several mentions of The Beak - laying an egg, then going broody (28 April 1985) and hatching out some little chickens. Then she and the chickens were shifted to a covered yard (July 12). The Beak laying again (August 24), again sitting on some eggs (September 23), laying again (November 19) Then in 1986, September 19, Mum let The Beak into the garden and two days later she passed away. So for a chook, her life was quite well documented. I like to think she didn’t have a bad life. I actually wrote about her here in 2018 but I hadn't read the diaries at that stage. She was a little white bantam and I don’t have a photo of her. This is my friend’s hen.
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@xFiacre (10433)
• Ireland
15 Jan
@judyev A chook with a biographer! We had chooks and they had the run of the house. One (called Heather) used to lay on top of the wardrobe in my bedroom at 5 every morning and let everyone know about it. My granny once incubated a hens egg she got from the farm in the hope that she’d get a free chicken to roast during the war and a duck hatched out of it.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
That's a pretty funny story about the duck but I guess it still made a nice Christmas dinner. They do like to announce the arrival of an egg, don't they?
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@xFiacre (10433)
• Ireland
15 Jan
@JudyEv we had another (Audrey) who laid in the hearth once Heather had calmed down but since school started (in the living room) at 6.30 being woken by the clucking dawn chorus was ok.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
@xFiacre It's a romantic-sounding childhood. I gather this was when you were in Malawi.
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@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
15 Jan
Such a sad ending. But great info from you.
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@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
19 Jan
@JudyEv That is good to hear.
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@bunnybon7 (48516)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jan
they are quite cute. My middle son Rob, raised a black bantam once when he was a teen at home. He spent a lot of time with it. It was a rooster though. I can't remember much else about it.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
They have their own personalities. You'd think a chook would just be a chook but each one is different.
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@bunnybon7 (48516)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jan
@JudyEv I do remember he followed my son around every where and Rob would say,"Look. He knows he belongs to me even though sometimes you feed him"
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
@bunnybon7 They do bond to a person. My mum's pet lambs would try to climb on her lap even though they were much too big.
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• Indonesia
15 Jan
I used to be given a chicken like that as a child by my neighbor. but in the end ended up in my mother's frying pan
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
That's sad. We never ate any pets but we did kill our own chickens on the farm.
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@Genipher (5433)
• United States
16 Jan
We ended up eating our rabbits when I was a kid. But my siblings and I didn't know it until we were adults and dad let us in on the secret. We had been told dad had let them free to go live with the Easter Bunny...ahem.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
@Genipher At least your parents came up with a credible story.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
15 Jan
What a sweet story. I'm glad you rescued the little chook.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
She was a cute little thing. Loved to hold the end of a rubber band. You could swing her off the floor with it. She must have thought it was a giant worm.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv That's so funny!
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@CarolDM (168866)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jan
Such a fluffy chicken, very pretty. You are right, the loss was natural, that is better than the other option.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
For a chicken, she had a good life.
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@CarolDM (168866)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jan
@JudyEv A sweet story.
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@Deepizzaguy (60639)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 Jan
Sorry to learn that The Beak passed away. The Beak lived a wonderful life.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Thank you. She did have a good life really.
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@Deepizzaguy (60639)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 Jan
@JudyEv You are welcome.
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@Genipher (5433)
• United States
16 Jan
from the google world of memes
We've got chickens. Love getting eggs every day!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
I can't have chickens here which is a great shame. Love the meme - if that's what it's called. lol
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@DocAndersen (55518)
• United States
15 Jan
what a great memory to have - your mother was quite busy taking notes! that is a lot of detail
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Some days they were so busy. It's interesting to read back on those years. She documented some (to me) strange things.
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@DocAndersen (55518)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv i suspect, she thought they were important. looking back things always appear different!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
@DocAndersen Sometimes she would write about Australia getting thrashed at cricket by the Indians or whatever.
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@TheSojourner (36924)
• United States
15 Jan
What a great journal to run across.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
There is one from 1937, then 1944, then most from about 1956 to 2004. Some entries that mention us or the boys, I have little or no recollection of.
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• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv how exciting! I just had a vision in my head of you taking some of those entries and starting to write a little book about the adventures of beak. You could use photographs of the journal entries to start and then each little chapter could be a miniature story or something or my brain is in that creative mode and I think it would be a wonderful little step back into your history.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
@TheSojourner That's a really nice idea. You certainly have a very creative streak.
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
16 Jan
How nice you saved her life and your Mother gave her a nice home.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
My Mum loved all animals and they always bonded with her.
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
17 Jan
@JudyEv I see, so nice!
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jan
She sounds like an interesting hen.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
She had some interesting habits. She would sit in the crook of our ankle and watch TV with us.
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan
@JudyEv Sounds cute.
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@jstory07 (114487)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Jan
So the Beak had a good life. That was great.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
She was well looked after and loved by us all. A chook can't ask for much more than that. lol
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• Nairobi, Kenya
15 Jan
It's funny to think that you didn't know that it would turn out to be a hen.
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@RebeccasFarm (56806)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
15 Jan
A show chicken if ever I saw one the one in the photo there
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Yes, my friend breeds and shows chickens and ducks.
@BarBaraPrz (34786)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Jan
Pretty.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Thanks. It looks like it been in a willy-willy (dust devil).
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@aninditasen (3829)
• Raurkela, India
15 Jan
That's really is nice of you to rescue a chick, but it's sad to hear that she is no more. She'll be remembered forever.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Hens don't have a very long lifespan. We will certainly remember her.
@wolfgirl569 (48242)
• Marion, Ohio
15 Jan
Sounds like your mom really liked that girl
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Mum loved all animals and had some strange and wonderful pets in her time.
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@rebelann (94300)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Jan
That's a really sweet story and it looks like it was a really pretty hen ta boot.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
She wasn't very big in size but she had a big personality.
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@Dena91 (16765)
• United States
15 Jan
Glad Beak had a good life. Mike use to raise chickens. When we were first married I'd go with him to get the eggs. When they got to be too old he wanted to kill them for the meat but I talked him into giving them to a friend's mom who wanted them.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
We never ate pets but we did use to kill our own poultry.
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