…chicken-themed presents. How many amongst us hobbyist flock-keepers have received such gifts for birthdays, holidays or just because? I think it is safe to say that nearly all of us have – from friends or family who just couldn’t resist that cute little ___________ (fill in the blank with your poultry gift of choice).
Personally, I love all of the chicken gifts I have received since I started keeping layers over a decade ago. Chickens have sprung out of gift boxes and wrapping paper adorning all sorts of items – both practical and whimsical. There are the the pot holders and kitchen towels covered in chickens, the white and black hen salt and pepper shakers, the mug with the chicken on it, and the chicken what-not that simply sits on the shelf. I have chicken wall hangings, numerous stuffed chickens along with one lone stuffed duck, hand-crocheted chicken doilies, and a chicken that lays jelly-bean eggs.
There is the rooster stained-glass rondel, hand-drawn chickens, chicken fridge magnets, several chicken tree ornaments, and – my favorite – a clock in the shape of a flying chicken.
In recent years, keeping chickens has increased in popularity – as has, it seems, chickens as a decorative motif, and thus as sources of poultry-related gifting. Or perhaps the sighting and gifting of chicken tchotchkes is the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in action: friends and family are a titch more preternaturally aware of chickens because someone they are close to keeps chickens. That is why, even though chicken-laden objects are plentiful in my house and office, I enjoy and cherish every odd one of them: they are mementos and reminders of the times my friends and family thought of me as they picked out that chicken timer/mug/potholder/pillow/rug/tea kettle/basket.