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One Bossy Chicken

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I talked earlier about our much missed neighbors who had live-wire boys, the world’s best dog, and short-lived chickens with one exception, Fontella Bass who had been rescued from the jaws of death on numerous occasions, she’s named for the woman who recorded the song Rescue Me.   When her former owners moved, they decided to leave her in her by-then completely free-range state. She does, however, need a safe night-time roost so I had to chase her around and put her in a dog crate on the back porch. Now she goes into it by herself.  Then I bring her into the dining room as occasionally racoons come on that porch at night  and I’m afraid they might stick their hands through the bars and harm her.  In the morning, she fusses loudly until I put her outside. She’s one bossy chicken.

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.