Sweet Cupcake




I begged for weeks

They kind of do.

"Not even a little bit tidy."

"Not really."

"Yes, they will."

"They really will."

Sweet Cupcake


How we got a pet chicken. (Her name was Cupcake!)





38 responses to “Cupcake”

  1. Rae Avatar

    My little brother’s class was once raising a pet duck (he was in second or third grade, I think). On weekends they all took turns bringing it home. When my brother brought it home, he let it roam around his room with the door open and… our dog promptly killed it. That was a fun one for him to explain to his class.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Poor ducky (and children!)

      1. Rae Avatar

        Yeah, I was horrified for both him and the duck. The dog seemed rather proud of himself though.

  2. Janelle Weibelzahl Avatar

    So I thought this was going to end with your family sitting around the table eating chicken…

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ohhhh noooo…. hahaha!

  3. notquiteold Avatar

    Did she pay for herself?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I think so! Chicken feed is dirt cheap, we already had the coop, and she laid 1 or 2 beautiful pink eggs a day.

  4. muddledmom Avatar

    Oh, I love it! I would have caved too. I would love to have a chicken! (My husband is the sensible one!)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I want to have some more chickens one day… I adored Cupcake.

  5. becomingcliche Avatar

    Oh, my gosh! How long did you have her? I demand more Cupcake comics!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      We had her for two years, until my father got a new job and we moved across the country. She was given to a family friend who had a farm (and they promised not to eat her.)

  6. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    I love the pleading eyes!
    I had a pet chick once, too. We found it one day under our pear tree. – It did end up on the plate, though but I only found that out 30 years later. I was outraged!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aaaaaaah!!! I would have been crazed when I found that out. I used to go through lengths to protect Cupcake’s sensibilities when we were having chicken for dinner.

  7. Duckysrapping Avatar

    Rae, I just gotta ask. Did he say that the dog ate his homework as explanation?

    1. Eda Avatar

      OMG! One hundred brownie points for cynicism! Well done, ducky.

  8. Elyse Avatar

    You dad is a softie.

    An old boyfriend’s parents go him and his twin sister colored chickens on Easter. That night, their do ate them. They were replaced secretly with new chicks who were different colors. Neither kid noticed!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh no! That is terrible (but oh so believable!)

  9. pensitivity101 Avatar

    We kept chickens for a while, but not for the table. We only named one, and she lived the longest, though we ‘retired’ our final three birds to a small holding who had a lonely one eyed rooster called Steve. They were cute and paid their way with eggs until retirement.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      There is something quite hilarious about a rooster named Steve.

      1. pensitivity101 Avatar

        The whole scenario was a blast….. our chickens terrified him to the extent that he wouldn’t come out of the hut until they were at the furthest end of the run!

  10. dabaudoin Avatar

    *hugs* Cupcake is one lucky chicken.

  11. The Waiting Avatar

    Love this. We’re planning on getting some chickens next spring so we can have another thing to not care for properly ;)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I hope I can have chickens again someday! They can be so fun.

  12. Sally Avatar

    We had two chickens as kids too but thru both grew up to be male which meant they woke up the neighborhood at sunrise every day >.< Eventually my parents had had enough and sent the chickens of to their aunt's farm :(

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! I do not blame your parents. I’m sure if Cupcake had been a rooster, shd would have had a very different fate.

  13. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    I thought we’d had every animal known to mankind, but we NEVER had chickens. Not as pets, anyway.

  14. bloggeretterized Avatar

    I have a question: How did you come up with that name for a chicken? It reminds me of a friend’s daughter. She got a pet pig and named it “penguin”. :D

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      She was called Cupcake because she was the same size as a cupcake as a chick :) she grew up to be a beautiful Rhode Island Red. I love the name Penguin for a pig!

  15. Hala J. Avatar

    Oh my God, this is too adorable! And I really relate because I’ve had five chickens as pets throughout my life. The latest one was raised to adulthood in an apartment! He used to chill on the balcony, and somehow never tried committing accidental suicide. But damn, he pooped a lot.

    But he was awesome and we loved him. (This was in Lebanon. In spring, people would sell chickens to elementary school children with poor impulse control. Seriously, right outside the schools you had people with large cages full of baby chicks sold for cheap). My little sister bought one home. That bird flourished to a mini chubby chicken. We called him Soosy. (Chicky, in Arabic). He was superific.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ohhhh I wish I could have a chicken in my apartment now! I’m sure it’s not on the approved pet list.

  16. Your Moderate Mama Avatar

    That was one blessed “Cupcake”!!

  17. Eda Avatar

    I love how your father’s newspaper is upside down. Nice touch.

  18. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    He tried to stay strong and firm but who could say no to that face with the big eyes? I suspect a lot of pets (not all as unusual as a chicken) were acquired this way.

  19. monicastangledweb Avatar

    Your dad sure was a pushover. But then, that’s love for you. I remember back when I was living in Venezuela with my Uncle and Aunt, me and my cousin each brought home a baby chick from a fair we attended. Next thing I know, my aunt cooked those chicks when they grew a little. Somehow, I lost my appetite.

  20. Mela Avatar

    Reblogged this on Journal de bonnes nouvelles and commented:
    Une histoire de poussin chanceux!

  21. careabouteducation Avatar

    Reblogged this on careabouteducation and commented:
    Nice share. Thanks

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