Creative Writing: The Chicken
Sarah lived on a small farm in Ohio in 1959. She was nine years old, had
brown hair and green eyes. Her mother raised chickens to eat and would sell the
eggs. One day Sarah's mother gave Sarah her very own chicken to raise. Sarah
named the chicken Maryanne.
Sarah couldn't wait for Maryanne to start laying eggs because Sarah
wanted to sell the eggs and buy a necklace that she had been wanting for just
about a year now.
She found some wood, some chicken wire, a hammer, and nails laying
around the farm and she built Maryanne a small chicken coup. Maryanne could eat
in her mother's chicken pen but Sarah wanted her to lay her eggs in the coup
that she had built. Sarah would let Maryanne out in her mother's chicken pen
during the day and lock her in the coup at night. Maryanne wouldn't be too
lonely because Sarah had built her coup right next to her mother's chicken coup.
There was a garden on the farm that Sarah's family used for canning
their own food and Sarah's job was to pick the bugs off of the beans, tomatoes,
and cabbage. She would take the bugs and put them into an old Mason jar. When
the jar was full of bugs, she took them to Maryanne's coup and fed the bugs to
her as a special treat. She also fed Maryanne laying mash which was supposed to
help her lay eggs and keep her healthy.
One morning Sarah went to her mothers chicken coup to feed and water the
chickens and she saw some hens sitting on their nests and they wouldn't get up
to eat or drink. She went into the house and told her mother that some of her
hens were sick because they wouldn't get off the nests. Her mother just smiled
and went with Sarah to tend to the sick hens.
When they got to the chicken coup, Sarah's mother told her that the hens
weren't sick. She told Sarah that the hens were laying eggs now and that they
wouldn't leave the nests very much until the eggs had hatched. Sarah went back
to the house and got a basket to put her mothers eggs in. After they had pushed
the hens over and removed their eggs, Sarah looked in Maryanne's coup and she
wasn't there. She looked all over the place but Maryanne wasn't anywhere.
Sarah's mother told her that maybe her chicken was eaten by a Fox during
the night. Sarah looked all around the chicken pen area for Fox tracks but
couldn't find any. After breakfast, Sarah looked again but still Maryanne was
nowhere to be found.
When Sarah and her mother went to lock the chickens up for the night,
she saw Maryanne with the rest of the chickens eating her mash. Sarah and her
mother just scratched their heads in wonder. Where could Maryanne have been
hiding all day?
Three months had passed since Sarah's mother had given her Maryanne and
Sarah was beginning to wonder why her mothers chickens were laying eggs and hers
wasn't. Maryanne hadn't laid one egg and Sarah wanted that egg money really bad.
Maryanne kept hiding for a couple of more weeks, and Sarah would find
her at different times in the chicken pen eating with the other hens. Maryanne
never sat on any nests and she didn't lay any eggs. Sarah heard her dad tell her
mother that they might as well cook Maryanne because she wasn't laying any eggs
and she was costing them money by eating the chicken mash . This really worried
Sarah because she knew how much that her dad liked "Chicken and Dumplings".
Sarah got up very early the next day. She had to find Maryanne before
her dad did. Her plan was to hide Maryanne and sneak her some mash to eat. Sarah
looked all over but Maryanne was once again, nowhere to be found. Sarah started
to cry now. All that work to build the coup and all the special attention that
she gave Maryanne and this was all she got in return. I hope a Fox did get her,
thought Sarah, then she started crying even more...
Sarah finally gave up the search and was getting very hungry. She
started back to the house to eat breakfast when she noticed something moving
over by the barn. It was Maryanne and walking behind Maryanne was nine little
baby chicks. She ran to the house to tell her mother and father. They all went
out to the barn and her dad found Maryanne's nest near the feedbag.
Sarah's dad bought the baby chicks from her and Sarah rushed down to the
store and bought the necklace that she had been wanting for over a year.
Maryanne was allowed to raise her chicks and she didn't get cooked. Sarah's
father found the hole in the fence that Maryanne had been escaping through and
patched it up. Maryanne ended up being the best egg layer on the farm.