All I Really Need to Know, I Learned From a Chicken

Have at least one good cackle every day.

It might look like a pile of poop to the untrained eye, but there are all kinds of goodies underneath if you scratch below the surface.

There is something to be said for returning home every night to a safe, snug, coop.

Keep yourself out in the open–that makes it easier to spot the hawks and foxes when they approach.

A pecking order is nice, but only when you are at the top.

It is OK to crow once in a while, but doing it all the time just makes you annoying.

You do not always have to be the early bird to get a worm, but you do have to be willing to brave a little rain.

You can fuss about not having opposable thumbs all you want, but you still have to figure out how to eat with what you got.

Trying to peck apart the achievements [eggs] of others only lands you in a pot of soup.

Even if it is at an altitude of four feet and a distance of 5 yards…it is still flying. Enjoy it.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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