Meet the Cluckers! Chain Mail’s Cousins Take Up His Journey

Yesterday we reported the sad news that Chain Mail Chicken appeared to have been kidnapped right out of Mike Fitton’s luggage. Today we received news from Cuban immigration that Chain Mail was not taken by some poultry-plucker but had, in fact, defected! Can you believe it? Apparently Spring’s refusal to visit Alberta this year really upset Chain Mail. (Chain Mail may even have claimed refugee status… some hints of abuse… being frozen in the ice at Abraham Lake or some such nonsense…we denied everything, of course.)

©Chris Manderson

©Chris Manderson – he’s not frozen; he’s just resting!

But all is not fowl news! In tracking down Chain Mail’s family to tell them the sad news that Chain Mail had flown the coop, we were amazed to hear that Chain Mail’s cousins wanted to carry on Chain Mail’s photo adventures around the world! We found the Cluckers in Brooderheim, Alberta. This is a family portrait of the Cluckers below. Aren’t they cute?

Meet the Cluckers

Meet the Cluckers!

So, we are super excited to confirm that Chain Mail’s dream of traveling around the world and sharing photo adventures with new photo friends will continue. You can read about how it all got started here, but in a nutshell, everyone who responded to our first call-out to be a photo-host for Chain Mail will receive one of the cousins (more about each of them below). The photographer will have two weeks to show the cousin around, take the cousin to the scenic spots and iconic stops of their home, and then the photographer will mail the chicken on to the next photo-friend. As the photographers send them in, we’ll post photos of the happy Cluckers’ experiences on the oopoomoo blog so everyone can share in their journeys! And this time the avian adventurers will be traveling with a journal so that their thoughts can be recorded and shared with us all. Oh, the stories they will tell!

A chicken and his journal

A chicken and his journal

Before we send the cousins on their way to their first photo-hosts, we should tell you a bit more about them. Meet the Cluckers!

Grandma Gertie Goosepimple

Gertie Goosepimple

Grandma Gertie Goosepimple always acts surprised when invited over for dinner. — ©Catherine Byram

Gertie actually left Brooderheim long ago to live in the cold wilds of northern Canada. But she had never ventured as far north as the Arctic Circle before, so when photographer (and oopoomoo eBook author!) Dave Brosha volunteered to escort her there, she flew at the chance. We’ll have more on Gertie’s adventures shortly, but we thought it appropriate to start with the matriarch of the Brooderheim Cluckers. Gertie’s a big-boned girl (they grow ’em big up there). Her favourite activity is lawn bowling.

Cluckin Chuck

Cluckin Chuck

Cluckin Chuck

Chuck is probably the most talkative and friendly out of this broody-bunch! When we drove into the yard, Chuck ambled over to greet us right away! He loves poetry: his favourite activity is crooning about his love of corn at 3 am (much to the annoyance of his barnyard buddies).

Stu Pott

Stu Pott

Stu Pott

Probably the biggest intellectual, Stu has previously ventured out into the big world before. He returned to Brooderheim with a degree from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of ALES (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences) — wow! We couldn’t understand his thesis — something on the origins of pecking order as a hierarchical behavioural strategy — but we were impressed with his ability to play the kazoo in the local band, The Domestics!

Larry Lays-Two-Eggs

Larry Lays-Two-Eggs

Larry Lays-Two-Eggs

Out of all the Cluckers, Larry is the most shy and sensitive. He’s a bit of a homebody. In fact, he’s borderline agoraphobic, so taking up this journey is a big step for him! His favourite activity is babysitting eggs in the hen house.

Peter Pecker

Peter Pecker

Peter Pecker

Peter is quite industrious, even athletic (for a chicken). He got his nickname because of how good he is at scratching through the dirt for juicy bugs.

There you have it! Watch the blog for the Cluckers’ adventures with their photo friends, and a big thanks to the cousins and their photo-hosts for carrying on Chain Mail’s legacy! Stay tuned!

By the way, we are using rubber chickens from the game Flickin’ Chicken to power this adventure!

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15 Comments

  1. mike kapiczowski
    May 3, 2013

    Again as I said earlier I just got home from Cuba and the temptation to defect and return to the sunny beaches of Cayo Coco was pretty strong, especially when it was snowing here on Monday.

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  2. Jeff
    May 3, 2013

    It’s truly admirable that the family, in such a terrible time, stepped up to continue Chain Mails adventures.

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    • Samantha
      May 3, 2013

      I know! We were really heartened by the news! The adventures will continue….

  3. Mike
    May 3, 2013

    What you didn’t realize is that Chain Mail Chicken fell in love with a nice Cuban gentleman. That’s why she defected. She’s pregnant and will soon be a mother clucker.

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  4. Kerry
    May 3, 2013

    Too funny… I only wish I had a trip planned that I could invite one of the family along as a companion. What an ideal travel partner – never complaining about your choice of music in the truck, the fact that you leave a window open at night and doesn’t eat much at the drive-thru!

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  5. Chris Manderson
    May 4, 2013

    I categorically deny any accusations of abuse! I love chicken. Besides, Darwin helped me.

    Reply
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