by Lenore Alexander
During this quarantine and odd break/quasi-school term, I’ve been keeping busy and trying to get outside as much as possible. However, outside is often just my backyard (especially during this stay-at-home order). That being said, between a gardening bed, hammock, and six hens, there’s much to do— walking chickens being just one of many non-school related activities. It should be noted that to walk a chicken, one needs a chicken harness. Surprisingly (or maybe not), many varieties of chicken harnesses exist, but I chose one with a bow tie.
While I concede that owning a chicken harness and leash is entirely unnecessary, I succumbed to the omnipresent powers of consumerism when I saw this online and compulsively purchased it—with only minimal regrets. Since chickens enjoy grazing new areas, the leash proved to be an easy way of keeping track of a chicken in a non-fenced area while allowing the hen to enjoy new flowers, grass, and worms.
Now to the details….
- Pick your chicken
- Gently pick up chicken and slide neck loop over head with the mesh harness body draping underneath
- Maneuver clips behind legs, around tail feathers, and under wings
- Weave one slide of the clip through the loop (on top side of chicken) and clip both ends
- Attach leash
- Go on a walk!
- Awkwardly watch your neighbors walk their dogs and see if they notice that you are, in fact, not walking a dog
Note: I’ve found that chickens do not “walk” well, but I’m optimistic that with some practice, you might see Peggy and me successfully walking along Palmer
About the Author
Year in School: Junior
Major: Political Economy (Minors: Studio Art, Spanish)
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and Rock Climbing
Favorite Camp Food: Rocky Mountain Toast
Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Backpacking in the Canadian Rockies
If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A knife, a water filter, my dog, and my backpack with a disc inside