Kentucky School Kids Love Their ‘Chicken Lady’ Bus Driver
Back before school started, I got to hang out with some awesome Daviess County Public Schools bus drivers for Test Drive a Bus Day. Amanda Clark came up to me and said "Hi my name is Amanda and my chickens listen to WBKR every day." I immediately busted out laughing and knew she was my kinda gal. So sweet, funny, outgoing, and BOY does she love her chickens!
In March of this year, she started with six, but after a mean ole fox came and stole some, the woman she got the chickens from felt sorry for her and gave her more. Now she has 22 hens and a rooster. The foxes have stayed away thanks to WBKR playing in their coop. Maybe it's the sound of my crazy loud cackle or Chad's random voices that they don't like? Either way, at least the chickens love us!
She called them her "babies" as she told me about how much she enjoys caring for them and how she started as a "chicken lady." Everyone knows she is wild about her feather babies and sometimes her friends even bring them gifts! Cute signs or things to decorate the coop. Which is probably the most bougie (in the best way) chicken house I have ever seen. They are currently enjoying their wreath for fall and she planted some Mums, but Amanda plans to get their Christmas tree and lights put up soon.
She joked that she was inspired to raise chickens by watching Little House on the Prarie, but she also loves the old-fashioned country life. Peaceful time spent outdoors making their coop special. That is, peaceful until that rooster crows, of course! Even that sound is music to her ears.
The rooster's name is "Ugly" by the way. Actually, his government name is Harry, but he was so ugly there for a while that's what Amanda's husband started calling him and it kinda stuck. He just went through an awkward phase and is now very handsome! See?
Speaking of Amanda's husband, Joseph, he wasn't too sure about the chickens to start with, but they have grown on him. Now he loves to let the chickens out after mowing the grass to watch them hunt for bugs. They love fruits and vegetables too. They carved their own pumpkins this year.
There are so many, they don't all have names, but three of them are Harriet, Nancy, and Nelly from Little House on the Prarie. The ornery ones and "the meanest in the bunch," Amanda said. She does spoil them rotten! I figured that it would be a lot of work to take care of that many chickens, but Amanda said not at all. When you love what you do, it's not a chore, but something that fills your heart with joy.
It isn't just her precious poultry that Amanda is grateful for. She also adores the kiddos she drives on her Country Heights Elementary bus route. Hearing her talk about them and her "job" as a bus driver, you know she has a passion for taking care of her little riders as well. They all love hearing stories about the chickens and know that when Amanda tells them goodbye each day she's going to send them off with "Peace, Love, and Chickens!"
Tomorrow just so happens to be National Chicken Lady Day. So, I would love to wish Amanda and any other chicken ladies out there, a very special day! Are you a proud chicken lady? Send me a message on the WBKR app and tell me about your babies.
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