The Crooked Little Hen Saves the Day


Once upon a time, there was a Crooked Little Hen.

She lived on the porch because she just wanted to. She even roosted there at night.

On nice days, she sat on the porch swing and snacked on cracked corn.
But oh, how she loved dog food! Clatter, clatter, clatter. She learned the sound of dog food tumbling into the dish. The Crooked Little Hen would come running.

But somebody else knew the sound of dog food tumbling into the dish, too.

The Giant Puppy!

And the Giant Puppy said, “Oh, no, Crooked Little Hen, this is my lunch.”

The Crooked Little Hen was so sad because dog food was her most favorite thing in the whole wide world. Even Boomer was sad. He nearly cried. The Giant Puppy wouldn’t share with him, either. There was only so much room at the dish and the Giant Puppy was very giant!

And then the Crooked Little Hen said, “I know! Let me show you how I can…”

“….spill the dish so….”

“….we can all share!”

And they lived happily ever after.



  1. Amy Lynn says:

    My chickens love cat food. I sometimes think they eat more of it then the cats do. LOL 😮 Poor kitties!

  2. Stephanie W says:

    I love a happy ending!

  3. Blessings says:

    Sharing with Friends is Good!

  4. Darlene in North Georgia says:

    Poor Coco! She looks like she’s say; “Guys, that was my food. That’s all I get. I’m STARVING and you guys are eating it all on me. You have your OWN food! Please stay out of mine!”

  5. Paula says:

    This story should be a national best seller! Too cute!

  6. Lacey says:

    Oh, what a smart cooked that Crooked Little Hen is! But Poor Coco. She might need her own, tall, not-tippable bowl. But you’ll have to keep the little one for the others. That would just be sad if they couldn’t all enjoy a nice meal together.

  7. Nic, SD says:

    Not to shabby, not to shabby at all! Way to go, Crooked Little Hen!

  8. Shady says:

    Smart Crooked Little Hen!!! Good idea – at least I’ll bet Boomer thinks so! :shimmy:

  9. Jill says:

    ok I have been a lurker for a long time and I just had to comment on todays post, which made me burst out laughing….you give your animals such character…even a hen!! Thanks for starting my day off with a giggle…your blog is a true joy and I wouldnt miss it for the world!!
    You are doing what I wish I could do, just stay home with the animals, but unfortunately I cannot do that…maybe someday…but I will live through your little adventures and your wonderful way of life!! but at least I am not afraid to drive in the snow…I live in upstate NY!! LOL


  10. CindyP says:

    The Crooken Little Hen was put on your porch for a reason! To make the puppies share! I’m so glad she’s found your porch for a home…… many others wouldn’t be as nice to her, or let her eat the dogfood. Sweet, sweet story!

  11. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:

    :sun: I love your stories!! And your furry/feathered kids!!
    Is the snow coming your way too? We are about to be hit!!
    Have great weekend!! Let It Snow!! Let it Snow!!
    Hugs Granny Trace’ :sun:

  12. Penny says:

    That is a precious story. You are so talented.

  13. Box Call says:

    Such a smart bird.

  14. Diane says:

    Great story!!!! Love it. The pictures and story line would make for a great kids book of some kind. Poor CoCo i think she needs her own bowl of food. I do not think Giant puppy can last on shareing with the other two.:) That is one smart hen though.

  15. Johanna says:

    Brilliant hen! Who ever coined the phrase “bird-brain” anyway??? She saw a need, and she addressed it! Crooked Little Hen for President!!!

  16. lisa says:

    Tell Coco if she wants to come live with me she’ll never have to share her food again!

  17. Christine says:

    ROTFL! And people say chickens are stupid…

  18. NorthCountryGirl says:

    The last picture looked as if Coco was snarling at the Crooked Little Hen. I think CLH better watch her step or she may be a snack someday.

  19. Carmen Smith says:

    Awww, giant puppy looks very worried about his bowl being spilled! I wonder if crooked little hen is teased in the chicken yard and that’s why she wants to be close to YOU? Or maybe she just LOVES YOU:)

  20. trish says:

    I will be reading this to my 2 yr old grandaughter the next time she is here. She will love the pictures and the story!!!

  21. Nita in SC says:

    I’m really starting to love CLH . . .please let her be a pet!

  22. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Love it! My chickens all know if they line up outside the feed room door my son will feed them a handful of dog food. He loves sitting on the ground and letting them eat from his hand.

  23. Melinda says:

    You must publish that as a childs story!! My two grandbabies will be with me this weekend and I will have to read the story of the crooked little hen to them. Seriously, you could do an entire line of Crooked Little Hen stories about farm life and values(i.e. great story on sharing!)
    I would buy them!

  24. kerri says:

    The crooked little hen is a go-getter! :chicken: I love a happy ending :happyflower:

  25. Anne says:

    i have a Great Pyreneese, Gus, and a jarck russel, Earl. maybe they would like a chicken, too! great story…and i agree with others that a childrens photo book of the crooked little hen would be a hit. so would one about your goats.

    have a great day.

  26. JoyceAnn says:

    Loved the story and like some of the others said , it would make a great children’s book.

    ~ Be Blessed ~

  27. SkippyMom says:

    This is so funny and I have to agree Suzanne this would make a great children’s book 🙂

    I am in the sharing mood too – I hope you would like to stop by my blog and enter my Valentine’s Give Away – you are always so generous with the BBB books that I thought I could emulate you and give away a fun present [movie, snacks and cookies!] for V Day.

    Take care and yep! we are getting the snow too. At least I know you have enough tinfoil [lol] for this blizzard.

  28. joycee says:

    I love a happy ending! Crooked Hen for President! :happyfeet:

  29. Liz V. says:

    You can see how sweet Coco is, resigned to sharing. Very fun story.

  30. Chic says:

    LOL…that’s cute! It’s wonderful when animals get along especially when food is concerned. Well at least they tolerate each other to a point. Love that crooked little hen! :hungry2:

  31. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    At my house dogs eat the cat food, cats eat the dog food, possums come up to eat anything left over, the coyoteslooking for anything moving! It’s the circle of life.


  32. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    How do you catch these moments? Amazing!

  33. Rose H says:

    Crooked Little Hen has been plotting that move for weeks – No wonder she roosts on the porch :chicken:

  34. Debnfla3 says:

    Crooked little hen has such a BIG heart!!! She loves to share…LOL


  35. Kim W says:

    Publish it, photos & all. You’ll have an instand children’s best seller. No joke.

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim W<

  36. SuzieQ says:

    You must get these into storybook form for all of us. There are so many looking for great children’s books with great photography and storylines. I Have grown granddaughters and now a 1 year old great granddaughter who would love them…I even buy beautiful “children’s” books just for myself. Your stories are wonderful! :heart: :snuggle:

  37. AutumnSkyDelight says:

    I absolutely laughed out loud, for real, at this story. Very very cute. :snoopy:

  38. Melinda in Washington State says:

    Smart hen. She eats from the dish and the rest eat off the porch!

  39. Gini says:


  40. Bertie says:

    I LOVE the Crocked Little Hen!!!!

  41. Miss Becky says:

    I love the crooked little hen. :heart:

  42. Cheryl says:

    I love this story! Tell it again! Tell it again!

  43. Mz E says:

    Poor giant puppy, that’s HIS food!

  44. Nancy in Iowa says:

    I cackled! I giggled! I snortled! And I’m still grinning widely at this tale. Crooked Little Hen rocks!

    Re the children’s book – wish you’d collect your stories into a Farmyard Bedtime Story Book – put me on the list to buy one for my baby grandson!!!

  45. Mary says:

    Suzanne, I’ve not read any of your novels, but I’m sure you could write childrens books!!! You make everything sound sooo cute, and the way you put it all into pictures is really good. I love it.

  46. SharonBinWA says:

    Suzanne – I have to agree with the other comments. You have a future in writing children’s books. Each of your animals could have their own series. I loved your stories about the crooked little hen.

  47. Barbee' says:

    If Crooked Little Hen starts barking, we will know why.

  48. auntbear says:

    …yup. A bird with a brain.I love it! 😆

  49. catslady says:

    Your animal pics and stories are just absolutely my favorite thing! I feed feral cats and wild birds come under my covered porch and help themselves. Luckily no cats have been around at the same time lol.

  50. Skoog Farm says:

    A sweet story…maybe it should be a children’s book.

  51. jan-n-tn says:

    Guess that NorthCountryGirl and I are the only two readers who noticed Coco was not pleased with CLHs actions.
    It may have taken one more camera click for the hen to be in deep trouble !!!
    Loved the story

  52. KimL says:

    Yeah, it does look like the hen is about to become lunch! Our hens usually run off the dogs from their dish too. Fun to watch!

  53. Sharon Gosney says:

    Coco has a very good temperment. See she can share!

  54. missjanesplace says:

    You have made my day by bringing smiles to my face! The story of the Crooked Little Hen is adorable! Are you a professional writer? You should be.

  55. scorwin says:

    Love your stories!! I look for something everyday! How does crooked Little Hen eat with her crooked little beak? DOn’t your dogs ever chase the chickens! You make me want a farm even more . . . and chickens!!

  56. Estella says:

    Your stories are great!

  57. Becky says:

    I’m leaving for Kentucky in the morning to see my granddaughter and this will definately be on the list of things to share with her!!! She LOVES to be read to, and LOVES animals in stories! You have such a gift…thanks for sharing it with us each day! By the way, put me on that list of those who would buy the farmhouse stories…this Grandma is a sucker for awesome books!!!

  58. 5kathleen2 says:

    Love that story….and the crooked little hen. Wish the crooked little hen was potty trained. Then he could be inside, so cute.

  59. Jo says:

    Oh yes…stories about the Crooked Little Hen & ones about Kitten & Little….and ones about Clover & ones about Giant Puppy & Boomer….and…and…and…

    I don’t have any small children, but my two boys (9 & 11) just love seeing what happens each day! I would buy the books for MYSELF!!

  60. rileysmom says:

    Crooked little hen is smart! Stay near the good food!

  61. Cranberry says:

    How cute is that! :snoopy:

  62. Valerie says:

    She’s one smart crooked little hen. Wonder how much Boomer paid her to do that…

  63. Susan in AZ says:

    Very, very cute! I love this blog! :smilerabbit:

  64. Sasha says:

    get her beak fixed yet? Don’t be cruel, take her to the local vet. If you can’t afford it you could solicit for donations on your website. Or sell another book. JUST DO IT!!!!!

  65. Melissa says:

    me loves this bedtime story!!

  66. wheezay says:

    That was a wonderful story ! :heart:

  67. debbie says:

    Absolutely adorable. Yes, I agree with the others, children’s books. (okay, spell check says I’m spelling ‘children’s’ wrong and I absolutely do not see where, guess I won’t be writing any books, children’s or otherwise.)

    One question, how does little crooked hen stay warm at night on the porch, since you’re getting all the snow that rightfully belongs to us Upstate New Yorker’s? (Hi, Jill :wave: )

  68. Debbie Johnson says:

    :chicken: :woof: That would make a great childrens story, you are an author, shop it around. Get an artist for the pictures, but use your pictures, have the artist do them over for the book. I would certainly buy this book if it was published.

  69. Debi says:

    😆 You owe me a monitor!
    That cracked me up so badly I spit my coffee!!
    Too funny!!

  70. Jessica says:

    How thoughtful she is to make sure everyone could get some! That clever little chicken.

  71. midwestmom says:

    change it back, change it back!!

  72. Kady says:

    That is one of the cutest stories ever! You should make it into a children’s book. Loved the path well traveled too. Great writing!

  73. Melaniesd says:

    Love it! That is just the cutest thing!

  74. Sheila says:

    I love the story! These simple stories are always the favorite of all children and grandmothers! Your blog is wonderful. Love your approach with categories and layering. Talented woman!

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