Posted by: tgonzales | April 4, 2014

My Mom and Her Chickens


I went to Mom’s last Saturday and when I arrived I asked her if she could put on her apron so that I could take some pictures of her and her chicken eggs. Of course she obliged and I helped her straighten her apron; tugging on the strings and untwisting the straps. Such fond memories of her tying my ties came flooding over me as I adjusted her straps and ties.



She was so-o-o cute as she tried to hold as many eggs in her hands as she could.


I kept telling her that she was going to drop them and I laughed when she told me that they were only eggs. I know how terrible she would have felt if just one of them would have fallen and hit the cement.


I finally convinced her to sit down and hold them all in her apron skirt. I loved how she picked them up and showed me how different each one of them were. How one would be white and the next one would be brown and speckled.


We spent a few hours in the house but mostly we spent the day outside with the chickens and talking about the chickens. I mentioned to Jarred that Mom had said that she sometimes catches a chicken and held it and of course she had to show me how she could. Of course she came over to me and asked me if I wanted to pet it and touch it. So I did. I especially love how her hands look as she held the chicken.






This chicken thought it was going to get away from her but little did the chicken know that Mom is still quite quick for her age of almost 83 years young. That chicken didn’t have a chance of escaping Mom’s quick hands.


She had to tell me about how one of the chickens was having problems and they didn’t know for sure what was wrong with it. Jarred had googled the symptoms of the chicken and came up with some home remedies and had tried a few of them already.



You could tell that Mom was very concerned about that chickens well being. She kept talking to her and tried to get it to drink water and eat.


Well, I wonder who those chickens are following now?



Of course they know the person that feeds them. 😉



Mom was having a hard time keeping the chickens from scratching around in the flower beds. They kept shoving dirt onto her sidewalk.


As you can see from the pictures here that my Mom sure enjoys feeding and taking care of the chickens. I can’t help but think that the chickens love her and as you can see will follow her anywhere; even if it is to the burn pile to toss some more pieces of limbs on. I am so happy that Mom is feeling much better and is able to get out and do a few more things. I hope you all have had a good week and I will be sharing the projects that I have been working on the last week in my next post. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Talk to you soon.


  1. Lovely to see your Mum with her chickens. Photos you will treasure forever.

    • Hi Cathy! Thanks for loving the pictures and you are so right about me treasuring them. They help me remember. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs, Tamara

  2. Aww your mum is so adorable! How wonderful that she is still keeping herself busy! It looks like she is very happy out with her chickens!

    • Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for loving the pictures of my Mom with her chickens. And yes they make her very happy. Since she no longer has children running around the chickens have taken our place. LOL Have a super weekend. Hugs, Tamara

  3. Such a sweet post, lovely.

    • Thanks so much Susie! Love you, Tamara

  4. Oh this brought tears to my eyes remembering Grandma Casteel and my mom both doing for their chickens. It must be a family thing. I’m so glad you captured your mom and the chickens. It made my day. Love you girl. sw

    • Thanks Sue! I’m so glad that I could bring back your memories of Grandma and your Mom. I know I have told you many times, but I loved your Mom so much and still miss her. I just wished I would have talked to her more when I was around her. Mom told me last weekend that your Mom quit school so that she could go and work for a family in town and was a live-in Nanny of sorts. Wow, I loved hearing Mom talk about her older sister. It made my day. Love you too.

      • I think my mom worked for a couple of different families. One family that I remember she worked for was the Schmieke family. If I remember right it was for 50 cents a day. My Dad always told the story that he rescued her and married her so she wouldn’t have to work that hard. She worked much harder after she married dad.

      • Yes, it was the Schmieke family, that’s what my Mom said too. I’m sure my Mom has other things to tell me about your Mom and I plan on asking her the next time I talk to her. I agree with you about the Dad thing. 😉

  5. Thanks for sharing. What a special lady! Those are photos and stories to be treasured. Hope that one chicken recovers from whatever it has.

    • Hi Jeanne! Thanks so much for loving the pictures and for my story. I need to call my Mom right now to see if the chicken is recovering, and thank you for stopping by; it always makes my day. Have a great weekend. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  6. What a wonderful post about your Mom and her chickens! She looks so content to be interacting with them. That one looks like the others have been pecking it severely. She may have to separate it from the others.

    • Hi Barbara. Yes Mom is very comfortable with the chickens, where I’m not so much. 🙂 Thanks for the advice on separating the chicken from the others. I’ll be sure and mention it to her. 🙂 have a great day and weekend.

  7. Tamara,
    My dad loved the farm animals too. He had a chair out by the chicken pen and he’s sit and talk to them. Some of them stayed right close to him as long as he was out there. We always had enough eggs, too, to eat and to sell. Those days were hard times for us and the egg money bought a treat in addition to some necessities. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Kaye!

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed my post and it sounds like I brought back memories for you of your Dad and that’s always a good thing even if they were hard times. Thanks for sharing your story with me as well. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  8. Oh Tamara, I so enjoyed viewing all these photos of your Mom & her chickens.!!
    Is that the apron you wore on your wedding day?
    The pic of her pointing –> I thought she was scolding a chicken. ;-D
    The poor bareback chicken. Its feathers aren’t getting plucked out by other chickens, are they? Strange that your mom has not come across this before.
    More treasured memories in photos!! {heart}
    Have a stupendous weekend!!
    Your friend ~ Kat

    • Hi Kat!

      I’m so glad that you love all of the pictures and yes that is the same apron that I wore at my wedding 22 years ago. Yes, the other chickens are pecking the sick chickens feathers out. Oh by the way, my Mom thinks that the sick chicken is getting better. In regards to her not running into this before; I know she has raised chickens in the past but I’m sure she has forgotten anything that she had ever learned. Her mind is just not that good anymore. I hope your weekend was a good one. Love you, Tamara

  9. I have never really noticed what a wonderful, deep colour chickens are.

    • 🙂 I never looked at them so much until my Mom got them. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  10. I so enjoyed seeing your mom and her chickens. Brings back memories of my sweet grandma. It was such fun for this city girl to help feed and gather eggs when I visited.

  11. Hi Tamara, I’m just seeing your post, isn’t your mum fantastic. I can’t believe that she is 83 years young. Aren’t her hens just beautiful 🙂

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Sue and I agree with you; her chickens are quite beautiful and fascinating. 🙂

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