The other day, the new hens (the Chick-Peas) complained about The Hooligan's behaviour.
This is how it went:
Me:" Hello Chick-Peas, how was your day?"
Chick-Peas:"It was horrible! The Hooligan was blocking the exit to the garden and pecking and swearing at us! We really don't like The Hooligan."
Me:"Okay, I'll have a word with her."
Me:"Hello, Hooli Bully. I got some complaints from the Chick-Peas about you bullying them. What did you do?"
The Hooligan: "First of all, don't call me Hooli Bully! I hate that! Just call me The Hooligan! Secondly, those new ones are *#**## and ***###!!!
Me: "Calm down alright! Just tell me why you don't like them and what you did.
The Hooligan: "Those awful hens have no idea who the boss is here. I want to go to bed first. I want to eat first. I want to get out first. And I want to be in the garden first!! Yet, they refuse to listen to me. They run out before I can get out of bed, they start eating without my permission and now they want to eat the first worms in the garden too! I can't let that happen!
So, all I did was block the exit and told them to f off!!
Me: "Right, okay. Maybe you shouldn't use profane language this much. Maybe you ......."
The Hooligan:"Right that's it, I'm off. I'm sick of listening to you! I'll do and say what and when I like. You can't stop me!!!
And off she runs.
Me:"Sigh, there really is no reason in that chicken. I'll go to the Chick-Peas and tell them what happened."
The Chick-Peas:" Oh no, there is The Hooligan again! She's coming to us! She's coming to beat us up for squealing on her. Let's hide!! Aaarrrggh!"
The Hooligan: "Where are you little b####rds?! I'll get you for this!!
Me: "Oh dear, The Hooligan is chasing the Chick-Peas. I'll lure her away with some bird food. That will help."
Me: "Chicky, chicky! Come chicky, chicky!"
The Hooligan stops in her tracks and runs to the bird food, leaving the Chick-Peas bewildered, but in peace.
All is well again in Glendevon (until next time).