Trick Or Treat! Smell My Feet!

Trick Or Treat! Smell My Feet!

Between us, I think chickens have an odd sense of humor. It’s the kind of thing you either get or you don’t. For example, “Trick Or Treat! Smell My Feet!” is completely hilarious to a chicken. There doesn’t seem to be any explanation for why they find this so funny.

The above cartoon is my best rendering of Pearl’s costume from her comedy debut this past Saturday. A complete joke-by-joke account will be shared with you this Saturday.

The hot pink nail polish and lipstick were completely her doing from when I left a can of paint open while preparing the “Pearl’s Comedy Coop” set. The Carmen Miranda look-alike hat is from some unknown stash. Chickens are remarkably resourceful.

I have a feeling children may understand and appreciate chicken humor better than adults. For this and other cartoons which are presented in both Chicken and English, my suggestion is for children to read the parts in Chicken and for adults to read the parts in English.

It has been my experience that children are often able to read Chicken long before they are able to read English. Unfortunately there is no educational research yet to definitively prove this. Funding for this type of project is always unpredictable.

The ability to speak and read Chicken also seems to be a skill that disappears with age if not used. Even the simple bilingual cartoon above is presented to you only after a great deal of tutoring from one of my other chickens, Bessie. She has told me I need more work on my vowels.

In the spirit of bridging the communication gap between chickens and humans, you may wish to print and post today’s cartoon at home, at work, or anywhere you feel may need some decoration and humor! After all, tomorrow is Halloween!

Somehow I think Pearl and the others chickens help to bring back the simple, uncomplicated days of trick-or-treating from my own childhood. That was a time when mummies and pirates were the scariest costumes, and an old sheet with two holes for eyes would always be good as a ghost at the last minute. Candy was always safe, and no one enjoyed frightening children with graphic images of evil and insanity.

Thanks for reading whether you “Trick Or Treat” or not…and also whether you “Smell My Feet” or not! Be safe out there. It’s not too late to put together a Halloween costume like Pearl’s!

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Trick Or Treat

My Life With Gracie…About “Going Bananas”

About "Going Bananas"

It was totally my fault. I take full responsibility. I should have never left the paint cans out where a chicken could get to them. But I did. I should have never left them uncovered. But I did.

I came home from the grocery store with a big bag of carrots and apples and lettuce for the chickens and found that Pearl had been getting ready for her big debut. She had found the open cans and decided she would paint her toenails for her comedy show.

Fortunately I caught her before she decided that matching “beak-stick” would be the perfect compliment.

She looked at me as if to say, “Am I not the most beautiful chicken you’ve ever seen?” and walked away. That is my Pearl.

During her show tonight, I have been demoted temporarily from Chicken Daddy to Stagehand and Snack-bar Attendant. But I don’t mind. In some ways, I might consider it a promotion because Pearl is trusting me to keep everything running smoothly for her big night. It’s just what you do, I guess, when you have backyard chickens.

After her show tonight, I will tuck everyone in for the night and then draw and write what I remember of her jokes and comedy routine. I’d like to share it in both Chicken and English since some of you may have chickens who might enjoy a chuckle or “cluckle.”

Interesting fact. The name “Pearl” and the phrase “Going Bananas” sound almost identical in Chicken. Only the vowel sounds are slightly different.


How all of this written Chicken language came about is another story for another day. It did involve a great deal of patience and understanding, as all worthwhile communication endeavors usually do.

In the meantime, you might be interested to know most proper names for hens will use the vowel letter “Å” which is called “the letter with the egg on top.” Most words for food will use the vowel letter “Ü” which is called “the letter with the happy farmer.” (Apparently there is a Chicken proverb which says something like “a farmer is happiest when feeding his chickens” and the letter looks like a smiling face.)

My Life With Gracie (and especially Pearl) showed me it’s fine to “go bananas” with goofy silliness every now and then.

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About "Going Bananas"

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Hold onto your hearts! And maybe your funny bones too! This week’s photo features Pearl in the center on a backyard outing with Blanche (just barely visible to the back), Gracie (to the left), and Bessie (to the right). Or is that Bessie (to the left) and Bessie (to the right)? It’s hard tell them apart when you can’t see the combs on top of their heads. (Bessie’s comb became slightly misshapen and floppy after she defended everyone from a predator.)

I thought this might be a good one to share because this week’s posts have all been focused on Pearl and her dream of being a standup comedian. This photo was taken last fall, and I think it gives you a good idea of how beautifully white she and Blanche appear in the sunlight as I wrote about recently.

Don’t you think there’s a bit of celebrity status in the way she is strutting for the camera while everyone else is hunting for insects?!?

Before closing, I want to thank all of my regular readers for continuing to follow along with these simple chicken cartoons and stories. I hope you will enjoy Pearl’s opening night posts which I have planned for next week in “Pearl’s Comedy Coop”…if all goes well!

Thanks again!

You can read more about all of my chickens on this page.

I will do my best to post each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!