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Pet Chicken

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We had a pet chicken years ago, first named Poinsett Cucumber as my son brought her home from school  in a box with that name on it. His teacher had incubated eggs and as she was a cousin, she felt like she could send a biddy home without asking! The hen-to-be,  renamed Chickie Wimberly, went everywhere with us. A note here – one small chicken does not make much mess. She sat on my shoulder as we went to the beach once and it was fun to see cars with out of state license plates slow down until I caught up with them so the driver could see a chicken riding on my shoulder. She often accompanied me to Columbia when I worked in people’s yards as she loved to stand by me, clucking encouragingly, until I found an insect to toss her way. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.