Will They Eat It?
Episode 2

Welcome to another instalment of the popular new chicken series … Will They Eat It?

Today on Will They Eat it the chickens choose to either eat … or not eat something.  Which makes it exactly the same as episode 1 of the series!

Cast

Norma – (as Norma)

Walnut – (as Walnut)

Cuddles – (as the flying chicken)

Cheez Whiz – (as Cheez Whiz)

 


 

Thank you for watching.

 

Credits

Director of Photography – Karen

Camera – Karen

Sound – Karen

Gaffer – Karen

Line Producer – Karen

Lighting – Karen

Craft Services – Karen

Personal Assistant to Karen – Karen

Sound Editor – Karen

Music Supervisor – Karen

Chicken wrangler – Karen

Bananas provided by – The Fella (stolen from his smoothie stash)



98 Comments

  1. Marti says:

    It’s all fine and fun until somebody gets a nail in their talon. (Do chickens have “talons” or just bird feet? I don’t know. Do you, Karen?)

    You could rename this, “What WON’T they eat?” if you ever find something they turn up their little beaks at. Love this, but I do keep wondering when somebirdy is going to get a beak-full of nail. Why doesn’t that concern you? You know something more that you aren’t telling us?

    • Karen says:

      Marti – What do I care if they get a beak full of nail? HAH. Just joking’. Um … I’ve always given them their fruit and vegetables this way. Since they were fairly little. They seem bright enough (which is remarkable) to avoid puncturing their faces. Pus their beaks are made of … well … beak stuff. Bone or whatever. And I don’t know what you’d call chicken feet. They have long, weird toes with long long talon like claws. I think they have toelons. ~ karen Oh! And there are def. things they won’t eat. Patience. Were you expecting them to love a banana?

      • Marti says:

        Beak stuff is the same stuff as your fingernails, fyi. (I do know a few things.)

        I did think the banana was predictable. But I grew up on a farm with chickens… and apple trees. I might envy you, except my version of a coop would never have turned out that good.

        Well, that and I like open-toed high heels.

  2. Jean says:

    I like how they waited for you to peel the rest of the banana! smart chicks!

  3. gloria says:

    How come you didn’t give The Fella a credit for doing the voice-over (and rather loudly, I might add) for the opening line, Will They Eat It?

  4. gloria says:

    I feed the squirrels in my weeping willow tree with a similar nail-in-board dealie. Old bagels, half-eaten PB&J sandwich, fruit of all sorts. At first I worried one of them (the less nail-savvy rodents) would put an eye out, but nope. Been feeding them this way for years, everybody’s still got two eyes. I don’t think there’s much difference in size when it comes to chicken and squirrel brains. But somehow, they know to avoid the nail in the banana.

  5. Jen says:

    That was awesome..I don’t know jack about chickens guess that’s why I thought they wouldn’t eat it. Very interesting can’t wait for the next one 🙂

  6. Carla Barnes says:

    Finally! I’ve been watching and waiting for Episode 2, and it was just as good as I expected. Thanks for posting! Those are some GORGEOUS hens.

  7. Barbie says:

    I “meant” your. 🙂 Your Uggs

    • Karen says:

      Lol. After all the work of correcting yourself … They’re Bogs. 🙂 Warmest boots I’ve ever worn. – k!

      • Ginny says:

        I finally gave up trying to find some decent boots in the stores in my area. Thanks to your video I was reminded about Bogs. I just ordered a pair just like yours on sale for $62 bucks on Amazon.com! My fella is going to be upset that I have yet another pair of shoes but I don’t have anything that will stand up to all the rain, ice and snow we get. I think it’s a justifiable purchase.

        Oh, I think your chickens are really cute and enjoy the “Will They Eat It?” video’s. Just try not to wear stuff that I’m going to feel compelled to buy! ; P

        • Karen says:

          Sorry Ginny. The Bogs are really, really great boots. I love my Hunter rubber boots because of how sleek they are but they don’t do particularly well in the winter. At all. ~ karen

          • Ginny says:

            Well, after shoveling foot after foot of snow last year and dealing with the slush and snow this year I figured it was about time for the appropriate boot. (Because my hiking boots just don’t cut it.) The Hunter boots are cute but the Bog’s are just what I needed. I thought you looked cute in them so maybe I can pull it off too. Thanks for giving me the little push I needed to finally buy them!

      • Barbie says:

        AAAARRRGGGGGHHH! Of course they aren’t UGGs! I just watched it again and I can clearly see they aren’t! I hadn’t notice the first part of it where you put the banana on ….I had only taken notice when you were walking and thought they looked so cute. I’m buying myself some of those! They look perfect for the slush and snow we get here. I have found that Uggs kind of suck when it comes to slush and snow. Thanks Karen for the correction.

  8. Vivienne Grainger says:

    You have terrific taste in music. Who was that masked band?

  9. Violet says:

    We did manage to find something they won’t eat: banana peel. I was sure they’d go for that. My critters do, but they’re bunnies and guinea pigs and rats, not chickens. One of my rabbits ate chicken once. I looked away for a second and she snatched a whole piece of chicken ravioli with gorgonzola sauce off my plate, ran with it, and snarfed it before I could stop her. I was horrified. She would also drink my coffee if I made the mistake of setting it down where she could get to it. I don’t think she knew she was a rabbit.

  10. Jo says:

    What lovely girls,- and they’re so fit !

    “Will they eat it ?” – one of my favorites :o)

  11. Susan says:

    Yes but where are the 4 in. heels? …..I love how you feed your birds the fruit on a stick! Chickens aren’t as stupid as people give them credit for. Try cabbage! They LOVE THAT, but I think the fella should have gotten a complementary credit at least for the voice over…. No matter that he was extremely loud. But it was his banana so he should have gotten credit for the props at least. William White would never have let you get away with tharT? Fun video!:-)

  12. Rebecca says:

    What is the legal status of your chickens? I may have missed a post since the “authorities” became involved. I live in the Chicago area and more communities are considering permitting chickens. Wondering what the current status is in your community.

    • Karen says:

      Rebecca – Still in limbo. First they were going to consider it, then they decided Nope, why even consider it and shelved it all together. At that point there was an uproar and they’ve agreed to once again consider it. My thanks to the councillors who pushed for “considering” it. ~ karen!

  13. Laura Bee says:

    Sigh….I love those chickens like they were my own.
    I am concerned about the nail in board. Not for the chickens, they are smarter than people give them credit for. But, nail in foot hurts – I should know. Kinda freaky when you step on a board & it comes with you on the next step,

  14. Kel M says:

    I can hardly wait for the next episode! I wonder if they will eat avocado….just a suggestion.

    • Rosecampion says:

      I don’t know for sure about chickens, but avocados are poisonous to many bird species.

      • Violet says:

        Are they really? Wow, that’s so weird. Avocados seem so benign and friendly.

        It would be fun to make suggestions, but everything I can think of would probably be bad for them if they did eat it. Things like cotton candy, potato chips, hot dogs. Apparently my brain is stuck on the County Fair loop today. Better than the Jazz Club loop, I guess. I’m pretty sure cigarettes and martinis wouldn’t go down well.

  15. love the video, but really, really love the “assistant to Karen…Karen”!
    I must use that term here!

  16. Amy O'H. says:

    What is it about chickens? They just make me smile. The next time I have a chicken over I’ll be sure it to offer it a banana.

  17. Brenda says:

    I have kept hens in the past and I was surprised they ate the banana…my labrador who heartily consumes everything food related [or not] won’t touch banana….but she did bark at the fella’s voice.

  18. Daphne says:

    Next time provide the girls with a stash of napkins please. 😉

  19. marilyn says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  20. Becky says:

    So funny, I knew they would eat it, as I have chickens myself and they eat everything! They are so much fun to watch.

  21. Holly says:

    Once again…..PICKLES!!!!

  22. Langela says:

    Right at the bottom of your post is an ad for things you must never eat if you want to lose belly fat. Wanna guess what one thing is? Yep, bananas! Your hens must not worry much about their figures. Or are you fattening them up for an upcoming post on how to help your hens lose belly fat? Chickens on a treadmill with little sweat bands and water bottles. That would be funny to see!

  23. michelle says:

    lovely work by everyone!
    i have to know if cheeze whiz is still giving you blue/green eggs???
    ~m

    • Karen says:

      Michelle – Oh yes! Once a chicken starts giving you eggs, you get the same colour for the rest of its life. The hue may change a bit, but if you get green eggs, you get green eggs. ~ karen!

  24. Emily says:

    but, does it make the eggs taste any different? banana flavored eggs?

  25. Krista says:

    thanks for the laugh, I grew up with 5 little cornish game hens that were quite a riot, wish I could have chickens here

  26. Regina says:

    of course first thing that caught my eyes was your FABULOUS ring! where’d you get it? Plus I love the the background music. Who is it? Name of song/album? your girls are awesome.

    • Karen says:

      Regina – The ring I found a local store on sale. $10 or so. So, not something I could lead you to in order to buy it. Sorry. The song is from the iMovie jingles library so I have NO idea who it is, but I love it too. Great song. ~ karen

  27. Anne says:

    Cool! So, do the eggs taste like bananas?

  28. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Now I want a banana!

  29. AmieM says:

    I love this.
    Maybe I should start experimenting with my cat, she will eat almost anything!

  30. I tried this with my chickens….and they didn’t like it….your city folk chick’s have a more refine taste I see….LOL

  31. nancy says:

    The Chickies are Gorgeous. Karen, you are very entertaining except when folding sheets. (I have one set of sheets for each bed, never fold any) And who cares about that anyway?

    I also feed “my” squirrels on a nail in a board, actually never occurred to me they might put their eyes out!

    Did y’all look at the “Mod Cloth” ad? They have really nifty stuff but it all reminds me of my favorite now defunct blog “Stuff White People Like”. I especially like the Hose Water bottle.

  32. Lisa says:

    I watched this video with an idiotic grin on my face. I’m not sure why, but this made me very happy.

  33. anna says:

    thaaaat was awesome. episode two!

  34. alison says:

    OMG…could barely focus on the chickens because I was so distracted by your fabulous ring!!! Wow!

  35. Great show Karen! I can’t wait to send a link to my friend. He loves the Chicken Dance. I think I tweeted it last week and posted it on Pinterest. Crazy fun.

  36. Ann says:

    I am going to run out and try banana with my chickies. They are a bit pickier than yours but usually, once they try something, they like it. They ignored watermelon for days until finally one of the boys got brave. Then they all would eat it like crazy chicks.

    Sorry, that you are still having legal issues. The cities of Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee are trying to totally outlaw any chickens within city limits. With our economy going south so fast, they really ought to do things that help people feed themselves. Just outlaw roosters for gosh sakes and limit the number of hens you can have at once. I am so blessed to live in a rural community that honors its agricultural roots.

  37. Amy in StL says:

    I’ll have to ask my 89 year old father what chickens don’t eat. He raised chickens in the back yard as a boy (for food – shhh, don’t tell the girls) and I’ve heard all kinds of chicken stories over the years.

  38. LOVE your ‘Will They Eat It’ series!!!! Thanks for providing the entertainment 🙂

  39. peggy says:

    I’m watching it again, again, and again with my 3 year old grandson. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Trissi V. says:

    Well, your chickens and my kitty, Chablis, have one thing in common…they both like bananas.

  41. Sara says:

    This is the best thing I’ve seen since “The Artist”!! Can’t wait to show my kids.

  42. Marie says:

    Karen, it looks like you have a very promising career on the other side of the camera! How long did it actually take for them to eat the whole banana?

  43. Jake says:

    The chickens (or hens ?) will “poke their eye out” on that nail. Can you please come up with a different delivery thingy. How hard can that be for someone with your brainpower 🙂 I worry for the chickens/hens, whatever.

  44. Amanda says:

    Thank you for the chicken fix! I just discovered – to my horror – that the area of the house we’re building won’t allow me to keep a coop. I don’t think they understand my Araucana needs.
    I may need to smuggle some in.
    In the meantime, I’m glad to have your lovelies to watch, and a farmer’s market for tasty eggs.

  45. Nancy says:

    Ha..so funny..I was eating a banana when I started the video..I did guess that they would eat it..I like the way you sort of “round them up” to go back in the coop..this is lots of fun Karen..keep them coming..

  46. Michelle says:

    Easter is coming! You should see if they’ll eat a MARSHMALLOW PEEP!!!

  47. Lou Cinda says:

    SO FUNNY!!! I watched it three times! Posted it to my facebook! Love it!

    Lou Cinda

  48. Pat says:

    The “Will It Blend?” series of videos on the internet convinced me to purchase a Blendtec blender. Wonderful device, although I’ve resisted the urge to destroy golf balls, rake handles, etc. in it.

    If the “Will They Eat It?” series prompts me to purchase chickens, my spouse may take away my laptop …

  49. Becky S. says:

    I have a family member who could probably do a similar video series with her kids. They eat and drink the weirdest stuff, but won’t touch what I consider to be ‘normal’ or predictable.

  50. Karen Eggleston says:

    Drill a hole through a head of cabbage, run a rope through the hole, and hang it just over their heads. Food and aerobics.

  51. Pam says:

    SO funny! I love your “Will They Eat It” series… It’s like a car wreck, I just can’t look away!

  52. JennC says:

    This has become my absolute favorite part of your blog Karen. It’s kind of like what I go through with my kids at every meal, only waaaaaaaaay more fun. More! More! More!

  53. Anemone says:

    Haha! Great video. I love your chickens.Love this series. Keep it coming. I also like your boots. Nice! I also liked your shoes from your previous sheet folding video.

  54. Kim Merry says:

    Hey Karen, I saw this and thought you might like it!

    http://www.duitang.com/people/mblog/18855058/detail/
    I hope this link works.
    Kim

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim! Someone else sent me a similar pic long ago but I’d forgotten about it. Thx. I would have forgotten about it entirely and I’d like to try to make one! ~ karen

  55. Keith says:

    This was great! It made my day. Lame I know, but there’s something about chickens that are so comical and amusing.

    • Karen says:

      Keith – Nothing lame about it. Every single person who “meets” the chickens is mesmerized by them. It’s weird! But not lame. ~ karen

  56. Gayla T says:

    I love the chickens and keep thinking I’ll buy some but at my age and health issues I try not to do anything my kids will have to clean up when I’m gone. So, I’ll just enjoy yours. You had a very productive day with two vids going at once. You could start a store where we would click on an icon and order boots, rings, fellas, chicken coops. You seriously could make a mint. It sure worked for Martha what’s her name, didn’t it? You are cuter, funnier and I’m sure much nicer to your staff named Karen than she is to hers if you pay attention to gossip or a movie made about her life. Dang, we can star as your fans in the movie and cheer when you come on the set that looks like an upscale nicely landscaped chicken yard. Honey, I am all over this. Shall I work up a prospctus for the investors? Well, maybe not just yet but soon I’m sure. Why did that fan say that your sheet folding vid was not funny? Evidently mirth is in the eye of the beholder or whatever it is they say. I think it’s one of your finest moments. I know you rehearsed it for weeks to get it down to that level of humor. Ok, I’m babbling so I’ll go to bed but get back to me on the movie deal. Meanwhile think up a name for it.

  57. Carol mcclure says:

    Personally, I love their fluffy butts. Call me weird. I had chickens in Maine – so much fun…we had all different breeds, but all were feathered down the legs…one looked exactly like rod stewart. No, really. Same hairdo. She didn’t sing as well. The roosters were exiled to a friend’s farm, as soon as we could pick them out. I did not find 4am reveille when the bathroom light came on amusing. At all.

  58. jenni says:

    i just luv watching “will they eat it”!!! keep them coming!

  59. cyn says:

    ton-O-fun darlin’ ton-O-fun… makes these tired days so much more cheery..

  60. Suzie says:

    Karen-

    Cracked me up.

    Which model of Bogs do you have?

  61. Colleen says:

    Laura Fowler just introduced me to your blog. I am a fellow chicken owner. My 19 gals are all heritage breeds and the only thing they turn their beaks up at is citrus.

    They are particularly fond of Greek Yogurt and guacamole.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Colleen! Let me know what breeds you have. Just out of curiosity of course. ‘Cause the 4 I already have are illegal. But … just out of curiosity. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Colleen says:

        I have Black australorps, a couple auracanas, barred rocks, golden lace wyandottes, buff orphs, naked neck, black cooper maran, speckled sussex and I am getting a bunch of salmon favorelles in 3 weeks!

        I have 3 acres in Connecticut, so we have plenty of room

        • Karen says:

          Colleen – You have a Maran?! I thought those weren’t any good for cold weather! I’d love one. The Astralorps too. 2 of my supposed Rhode Island Reds lay green/blue eggs so clearly they were carousing with the araucanas (more likely ameraucanas) ~ karen!

  62. Mary Werner says:

    This has bothered me since I read another post where you mentioned running out of room to put eggs in the frig. I will assume it was just because it was a great way to talk about all the eggs but just in case – you don’t need to refrigerate eggs unless they have been refrigerated as from the store. If fresh laid, it is fine to put them in a cool bowl after washing since homemade eggs (HA) come VERY dirty. You do have to use them within some time frame but I always gave the extra to the cats so never had to worry. My cats had very shiny coats and happy smiles! Non refrigerated eggs taste better and make better cakes also! Next problem is to code the bowls so you use the oldest first.

    • Karen says:

      Mary – I know you don’t have to refrigerate eggs, but the fella isn’t fond of that idea. And .. also, you *aren’t* supposed to wash them first. It’s the fact that home laid eggs still have their “bloom” on them that makes them O.K. to sit on the counter. It protects them like a little skin. Once you wash them (with water) you wash it off and the egg shell is porous. You *can* however wipe them with a paper towel if there’s any “dirt” on them. Now. Having said all that … the fella still isn’t fond of the idea of leaving them on the counter. Which sucks, because I LOVE the idea of all my eggs in one basket. On the counter. 🙂 ~ karen

  63. Mary Werner says:

    Cool bowl meaning cool looking not temperature cool. Writing is so hard since you can’t just pour out what is in your head, you have to write it so someone understands what you mean = very tricky and you are really good at it!

  64. Mary Werner says:

    You really do know your stuff! Not just a writer but a veritable fountain of knowledge and I just got splashed!! HA and thanks for the info.

  65. Shauna says:

    I know I’m late commenting on this post (blocked at work for videos so I have to save them and watch them at home when I have a chance to sit down). My chickens just don’t like bananas, I thought it was weird, now I know;) Getting two more chickens this week – yay! They’ll be quarantined at grandma’s house for 30 days (biosecurity) and then get to join the other two.

    • Karen says:

      What kind?! ~ karen

      • Shauna says:

        You know, it’s a good question actually. I’m getting them from the same lady as last time and I got Rhode Island Reds last time, so I’m 99% positive that’s what she’ll be bringing again this time. I didn’t ask. Probably should have. I just requested two girls who are approx. the same age as my current RIR’s. Next comes naming them;)

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