In our purchase agreement I penned in under “Chattel” after the fridge, stove etc, “and one chicken” before I faxed it back. My husband said, “That’s a legal document, don’t mess around!” to which I replied, “I’m not kidding, that chicken is staying!”
Chattel, after 3-4 months of free range bliss and good care, began to lay eggs again. Not often, but enough to let us know this old girl is happy!
Satan (the rooster) for some reason respects Chattel’s age and despite his chauvinism, she is the ruling Queen of the coop. They roost together at night. I’ve even seen her snuggled under his wing.