The Things We Do for Love: "We Treat Our Chickens Like Family"

Credit: Tobi Kosanke
The VIP chickens. 

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat,shares the stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

Tobi and Stefan Kosanke’s rescue sanctuary, Crazy K Farm, is a safe haven for more than 200 cats, dogs, parrots, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, geese and ducks. But on this farm, it’s the chickens that rule the roost.

Most of the chickens live outside on this 35-acre Hempstead, Texas, farm. There’s another group of chickens the family calls their “VIPs,” or “Very Important Poultry.” This flock spends its days outside but eats near the house and sleeps in the family’s indoor sunroom.

And then there are the Kosankes’ pet chickens, Booty Girl and Parrot Chicken, who eat and sleep inside with the family.

Credit: Tobi Kosanke
Parrot Chicken enjoys dinner (but not wine!) with the family.

Family Dinner

Parrot Chicken enjoys dinnertime with the Kosankes. “We eat on the floor on trays so we can all be together,” Tobi says. “It’s our family time.” And although Stefan makes Parrot Chicken her own dish of vegetables and grains each night, she still prefers to steal his dinner when he’s not looking.

Comfy Beds

Neither of the two pet chickens lives a normal chicken life. Booty Girl spends her days snoozing on her TempurPedic pillow in the corner of the kitchen, and Parrot Chicken sleeps on the couple’s bedroom chair. The chair is piled high with folded blankets, just right for nestling. Because of partial paralysis in her leg and a lame wing from an old injury, Parrot Chicken can’t get up on the chair by herself. “So she walks over to her chair and waits to be picked up!” Tobi says with a laugh.


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