Turns Out, Chickens Do NOT Efficiently Cross the Road At All
Every once in a while you have a moment that reminds you that you live in CNY. Sometimes it's a lot of snow and sometimes it's...chickens.
All I was trying to do was get to work this morning when I slowed down because I noticed something in the road. My stomach did a little flip, because between the light and my eyesight, it looked like maybe a dog had been hit by a car...and then it moved.
Turns out, it was a little coffee klatch of chickens just hanging out in the roadway, I assume discussing the new rooster in town. In all honesty, I've seen chickens in exactly 2 places: the grocery store (where they don't move much) and at the State Fair (where they pretty much hang out in a cage). I've never actually seen them in the 'wild'.
My knowledge of chicken behavior is limited to that scene in Rocky, and a joke that you've probably heard: Why did the chicken cross the road? All this time, I thought the chicken would cross the road like she meant it - like, to get from point A to point B. Little did I know the whole thing was premised on a lie: chickens don't actually CROSS the road. They run like little lunatics, into what is very clearly the path of a giant SUV, that run then turns into a meander and/or a stroll at random intervals and they HAVE NO PLAN to get to the other side.
I understand how they ended up where they did on the food chain.
I managed to not kill ANY of the chickens (not for their lack of effort, I might add) but I was moderately late for work. At which point I was forced to run around like a chicken with my...wait a second.