Will They Eat It?
Chicken Keepaway.

I learned how to play Chess recently.  More specifically I learned how to stare at a board and move little men until someone said “Yeah.  You’re allowed to do that”.

You can’t beat a good game for killin’ time and havin fun.   Solitaire, Hide and Seek, Pictionary, Uno, Keep-away, Pin the Bandaid on the Fella.

Think humans are unique to the love of games like keep-away?

Think again.

Today on a special episode of, Will They Eat It? …  The chickens play a rousing game of Keep-away.


Chicken Treats Keep Away Game

Cuddles, Cheez Whiz, Norma and Walnut play keep away.



I realize I’m teaching my chickens incredibly poor manners by encouraging them to play with their food.  I do not care. Mind your own business. You’d be completely mortified if I told you what I let them get away with during last week’s game of Pictionary.


  1. julie s says:

    I wondered if you had to insert the pause in the middle of the video because you’d run out of banjo music. I’m so glad you didn’t! Also? Watching chickens running is just about the best thing I’ve seen all week. All month, even!

  2. Jodie says:

    Congratulations! Yours is the only place that I could be convinced to sit and watch chickens for longer than 3 seconds… Somehow, it is entertaining!

  3. Allisyn says:

    You should try cooked spaghetti noodles. Who know chickens could be so entertaining?? We’ve thought about chicken saddles with barbies. Can’t figure out the logistics on that one. I’ll leave it to you. They remind me of TomToms when they run.

    • Kristina says:

      Sadly, I do know the use of a chicken saddle. Er, ahem….say you have a rooster in your flock. The randy rooster stories are true and often they will have a favorite lady or two or three or…well you understand. The saddle is to protect the ladies back feather from coming out and exposing her delicate skin from the talons of the aforementioned randy rooster.

  4. Kasia W says:

    OMG. I’m sitting in the dark in bed, reading this frrom my iPad, andu my poor hubbo. can’t sleep because i kept laughing. Maybe your blog Karen, has to be limited to dytime…

    and that would clearly improve my patience to spell correctly too.

  5. ev says:

    “WILL THEY EAT IT”? Had to do that, I missed it so much!

  6. Liz says:

    Not only are your posts hilarious, but your readers/commenters are too.

    Molly’s “Do chickens really like banjo music or is that just one more stereotype?” made me laugh as much as the video!

  7. Kristina says:

    Can the “fella” object to this object d’art?

  8. Barbie says:

    ….I wanna play toooooo!

  9. Amy in StL says:

    That’s hilarious! I actually laughed out loud in my cube when the chicken came to the fence to “beg” for a tomato. I think they should show video of fluffy running chicken butts in the psych ward to cheer up the depressed folks!

  10. Debbie says:

    Until I can get my own chickens, I will have to do with three chihuahua dogs doing much the same thing with who has the chicken jerky. No time to eat it just run and hide from the others.

    My neighbors just got their chickens right after I said I was going to get some. Copy Cats! All though it has softened up the Fella here, so it may not be so bad………………

  11. Marion says:

    ahhh chicken butt! I should film my parents’ chickens sometime and see if they play with their food. I doubt it, your chickens seem much more social!

  12. MJ says:

    So many ideas to be entertained! I’ll be home with my chickens soon and find out what tricks the official chickens watchers have taught them, thanks for the warm up!

  13. Zoe says:

    I love how their butts wiggle when they run!

    I want chickens.

  14. Carole McGinnis says:

    Oh, how fun this game was to watch. They girls are so cute and who knew they didn’t like to share. I was just thinking the other day about how we haven’t seen a chick flick recently. I love it – thanks for making my morning.

  15. Jake says:

    That vid. is just to funny, my parrot loved it too, who knew he had a sense of humour.

  16. Marie says:

    How do you get anything done with such entertainment in the yard?! Near the end of the video, everytime that one chicken (sorry, I can’t tell them apart) came up to you I could hear a voice in my head “But Mom, she took mine. Mom, did you see that? Mom, I didn’t get one! Mom!” Thank you for sharing your girls with us.

  17. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    The girls are always fun to watch..a live feed would be great..wait a minute..a live chicken feed..wouldn’t that be like watching them eat bugs and worms..lol..anyway it would be fun to check in on them once and a while for a laugh..also..I think it is pretty unanimous..we all want the Fella back for the next “Will They Eat It”..he just adds to the fun of it!!!! PS..If they need any more cherry tomatoes just let me know..I’ll send you a bazillion or so..

  18. Dee says:

    My cat sure loves your chickens’videos.

  19. Kelly Beaudoin says:

    You’ve probably been asked this already, but are you planning to keep your chickens through the winter?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly – Oh yes, I keep my chickens through the winter. This particular breed (Rhode Island Red cross) actually does better in the cold. The coop is insulated and I have a heat lamp for reallyyyy cold nights. They’re fine! ~ karen

  20. Janet says:

    I’m thinkin’ there are a few NFL quarterbacks out there that could use your keep-away video as a pre-game instructional aid. I’m not saying I watch a lot of football…mostly because I can’t stand watching the QBs get nailed while they are standing around looking for someone to throw the ball to. I say, RUN WITH IT, STUPID!!!
    PS…love your chickens and their videos.

  21. Jodi T. says:

    We need a “Meet the Chickens” post… I think you might have done one already, but I can’t find it… :)

    Jodi T.

  22. taria says:

    dang, I wish your chickens were close enough to eat some of my buggy tomatoes!

  23. Lisa says:

    I’ve always thought chickens were entertaining! For this reason, I have always wanted some. So happy I can get a chicken fix through your videos! ☺

  24. Leslie says:

    Chickens + Laser Light Pointer = Most Fun Ever!

  25. Tigersmom says:

    I was very disappointed at first not to hear the fella’s voice-over at the beginning. I even tried restarting the video a couple of times thinking I had missed it while adjusting the volume. I do understand that this is a different sort of “Will They Eat It” though, and so you are forgiven for your sin of omission.; ) Especially since I can go hear him do it any time I want via the archives.

    There is something very uniquely hilarious about watching a chicken move with purpose straight towards the camera. I am baffled at how you get any stuff done when the hilarious chicken show is always on at your house.

  26. Sarah In Illinois says:

    I was amused by that way more than I probably should have been. Maybe I need chickens…

    My favorite game is Mexican train dominoes.

  27. julie says:

    I agree….the only thing missing is “WILL THEY EAT IT!?”

  28. Kathy says:

    There is nothing more entertaining than chickens with treats!

    The Chicken Chick

  29. Tris says:

    Woke up really crabby today. Watched your video. Just can’t stay bi*chy when looking at fatty thighed and fluffy butt chickens chasing each other for tomatoes. Thanks, Karen!

  30. Debbie says:

    Oh my gosh, I am laughing my pants off!! They looked like kids on Easter morning scrambling (no pun intended!) to collect eggs. I think I could sit here and watch them all day!! Have you thought of doing a live web feed? You know so people can check in on the chickens any time they want!!

  31. Susan says:

    Chickens are cute but where is the official announcer? He’s cuter!:-)

  32. Molly says:

    Do chickens really like banjo music or is that just one more stereotype? (and why can’t I see all 20 comments? Maybe someone has already addressed the topic & I’m wasting everybody’s time) AND now I want to hug your chickens.

  33. Mary Kay says:

    LMAO – thanks Karen that made my morning!!!

  34. Diana says:

    Hi Karen, I think your chicks would be able to retieve thinks.Haha
    They look like commandos!!!
    really funny

  35. Ann says:

    My chickens ate tomatoes all summer. Trouble is, they ate them while still ripening on the vine!! Oh, well, we had plenty.

    Their fav food right now is the guts and little seeds from a small melon I grew this fall. I don’t know they name cause I planted it from seeds out of a melon I bought at the store. Anyway, they are baseball sized melons and the seeds are tiny. The chickens will grab big beaks full of the guts and seeds and run off and eat them away from all the others. But every so often they are merrily munchining away and another will come steal their gob which will immediately trigger a frenzy of chicken chasing with much hilarity.

  36. Teresa says:

    Mine did the exact same thing with a grass snake one of them found. After 10 min or so, I tried to catch the current winner to put the poor snake out of it’s misery, which prompted said hen to swallow it whole.

  37. marilyn says:

    i love a good belly laugh before breakfast! and chess? really karen who r u trying to kid? you don’t have near enough patience for chess. you have to sit for longer than 20 minutes you know. by the way do the chickens like oatmeal?

  38. Karen J says:

    Our dogs (William and Kate) do the same thing with cherry tomatoes.
    Unfortuneately (for us) they’ve figured out how to pull them off the bush first, then the chase/play begins!
    P.S. I recall you mentioning once that your fella only liked well behaved dogs… I’m afraid our tomatoe eating pooches wouldn’t make his cut:(

  39. Kim says:

    You are too much — loved the puff of wind up the fluffy behind.

  40. Laura Bee says:

    Nothing funnier than a fat chicken running. Except me running.

  41. Mary says:

    I just realized about half way through that I’m sitting here at work, completely absorbed in watching chickens play keepaway…..
    Thanks – I needed this!

    And yes, we noticed the lack of the fella’s intro.

  42. Maureen says:

    I’m laughing my head off over this because that’s exactly what my chickens do. They NEVER share! Runaway with the tomato is a favourite game! Have you tried the gruesome “Toss Them A Worm” game? Not a pretty sight for the worm!

  43. nancy w says:

    OMG you are so funny. I mean your chickens are so funny…I am taking care of my neighbor’s chickens for a few days and am SO doing that tomorrow!

  44. KiwiKat says:

    So hilarious watching chickens run! Love it!

  45. Therese says:

    Our chickens played this game once with a humungous, fat, revolting grub as big as my thumb which Nutmeg (god rest her soul) found in the garden. Very entertaining!Poor Nutmeg didn’t get it in the end anyway – queen Selma got it, naturally.

  46. Keri says:

    After taking Mum in for emergency surgery (she’s going to be okay) I really needed a laugh. Thanks so much!

  47. Lindsay says:

    Ok, I officially love your chickens a completely ridiculous amount. Who knew I could think chickens were cute?

  48. Amanda says:

    I’m a huge fan of dominoes, myself.
    Chess & cribbage are two things I refuse to learn in life. But I learned to play dominoes from an aunt at a big family hoo-rah a few years ago, and I’m hooked.
    I used to have chickens just like yours too, and they ate lots of year-end tomatoes. :)

  49. Cassie says:

    Can you really call it an official episode without the “Will they EAT IT?” intro? I think not :)

    • Karen says:

      Cassie – I’m gonna be honest with you. I really debated about that. But since this is a “special episode”, I thought it would be O.K. ~ karen!

      • Cassie says:

        Just wanted you to know that people notice what you do. I like that part of it because you don’t seem so removed. But, I think as a “special episode” it can be special in more ways than one :)

        • Sherry (BTLover2) says:

          I have to chime in. I was soooo waiting for the “Will they eat it?” intro… I even thought, “Oh, Sherry, just wait. It’ll be at the end” but nope. I love that intro.

          BTW, Karen, you play a mean banjo! Weird but I envisioned you playing chess with your feet while kicking ass on the banjo (and maybe having a strap-on harmonica too). What’s wrong with me?

  50. Laura says:

    Great use for your bumper tomato crop!!

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