October 8, 2013 – I took the Vespa out for a ride around the yard this morning. I asked Mom if she would please let me take it on the road. She said, no. I’m not one to disobey orders… though you could argue that I bend them from time to time. Lately, I have a need for speed. I want to feel the wind blow through my feathers, (what there is of them). I yearn for an adrenaline rush. I read in my October issue of Poultry Science Magazine, that the longest recorded flight made by a chicken is 301.5 feet. It lasted for a whopping 13 seconds. It’s no secret that chickens are not designed for transatlantic flight. We are puddle jumpers, able to clear low-lying fences and ideally, furiously flutter from the clenches of a carnivorous predator. I think we are capable of much more than this. With a few aerodynamic adjustments, we could fly as any other bird that sings to us from above the trees. Much analysis is needed, or course, but since we are still on furlough from the brewery and all egg laying has been suspended until molting season is over, what better time than now? Waffles agreed to be my first test subject. I was careful. I tied a goose-feathered pillow around her waist before encouraging her to fly off the roof of our coop. Despite enthusiastic flapping on Waffles’ part and a brilliant running head start, she made it only as far as the dirt pile that sits next to our run. It was a bit of a lackluster start for sure, but at least I have a baseline from which to work. Waffles didn’t even have a scratch on her and graciously volunteered to try it again once I have a better plan. A jet pack is not out of the question; goggles and colander helmet included.
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