Thinking Like You’re 12


I was glad yesterday that I wasn’t the Princess because there were so many fabulous and even hilarious name ideas for the Psycho Chick!! It was so much fun to read them all. The Princess did her homework after school

And then all evening long. She was waffling back and forth over several. At 10 PM, I told her she had to make a decision. Having seen “300” (the movie), she was swayed by the image of our feisty chick as an epic warrior, and so……

“He looks like he is permanently ticked off! But for some reason Spartacus came to mind?”

(Annette! Email me!)

Meet Spartacus. Who may or may not be happy about the spectacle made of him yesterday.

“Prepare to die.”

I think not happy is the answer…..

Watch out for another “regular” giveaway, and I want to give you a head’s up about a special “backwards” giveaway. Whenever I feel like it (LOL), I will blindly stick my finger at my calendar to pick a day, then do a random number generator, and go back to that day’s post in the month and find that comment number. That commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate. That means every comment on every daily post enters you in the random “backwards” giveaway even if it’s not a “regular” giveaway day. You have to be here and see your name called out, though, so you can respond by emailing me. I’m not organized enough to hunt you down. Just saying. :heart:


  1. Cheryl S. says:

    Yeah, I can see him as a Spartacus. Congratulations, Annette!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations Annette!

    Suzanne, you have such a great mind. That backward giveaway sounds like it will be fun since no one will know who it might be. Fun, fun, fun! xxoo

  3. Kim A. says:

    Congratulations, Annette!

    I still think “Spartacus” is stunning. He’s got an undeserved bad reputation!

    -Kim A.

  4. happyathome says:

    Spartacus is a good one……plaotting his take over of the roost still looks to be on his mind!

  5. Wammy says:

    Great name! He also is so…Ben Hurish! The give away sounds like fun.

  6. Mental P Mama says:

    Very fitting! Congrats Annette! :chicken:

  7. Lisa Lucchese says:

    A wonderful name!!!

  8. Blaze says:

    Congratulations Annette!
    I can see Sparty that works for the little dude! :whip:

  9. Kathryn says:

    Congratulations, Annette!

    Spartacus is the perfect name. Thank you, Princess.

  10. Amelia says:

    Great choice on the name.


  11. Howdy says:

    Ahhh that is a very fitting name. I sat with my 4 year old granddaughter last night and showed her the pictures from egg to chicken. It was fun to see him change from picture to picture.

  12. Beckynsc says:

    Good choice, Princess!
    Congratulations, Annette!

  13. Meghan Rosenstengel says:

    A backward giveaway is enough to bring me out of lurkdom. What a great idea!

  14. Blessed says:

    Great name! – Glad I didn’t have to do the choosing… there were a lot of great suggestions

  15. Ann from Montana says:

    Great pick Princess!! And I admire your persistence in going through all of the entries…I think I stopped somewhere before 100. I am lousy at “name that whatever” so always marvel at everyone else’s creativity..

    Congrats to Annette!!

    and Hello Spartacus!

  16. Treasia says:

    Congrats to the winner. Love the name.

  17. RosieJo says:

    His name is perfect! Watching chickens is as good as watching an aquarium of fish for lowering your blood pressure!! LUV your blog and your books. Thanks for both.

  18. M says:

    A very good choice indeed….the K’s named our chicks…Barry Bonds, Luke Skywalker, Mohawk….you get it….but I named the ducks very appropriately- L, M, N, O and P in the order they were born…and they are swimming in my bathtub as I type :drowning: …and they go back to the ranch when school ends…(in 9 days!!) Yahoo summer!!

  19. Phyllis says:

    phooey says:

    Are you SURE that this is a chicken?? He looks more like a pheasant or a quail. The name Spartacus suits him. I think he is beautiful.

  20. Annie says:

    Spartacus is a lovely name. I always think of “The Birdcage” when I hear that name though.

  21. Debbie in Memphis says:

    All hail Spartacus :clap:

  22. Claudia W says:

    Very good choice Princess! (Even though it wasn’t the name I mentioned, ha ha) It suits him well.

  23. Laura says:

    Spartacus is a great name for that little angry looking chick!

  24. Jen ( says:

    Hmm. I must admit. That’s a good name.

  25. Susan in CA says:

    Spartacus is a perfect name :biggrin: !

  26. Dru says:

    Congrats Annette!

    He looks like a Spartacus.

  27. Shimmy Mom says:

    Spartacus fits! What a fun giveaway!

  28. Susan says:

    Wow, I’m so glad it was Princess and not me that had to pick the name! Spartacus is the perfect name, good going Princess. :thumbsup:

    Congratulations, Annette! :clap:

  29. Katharina says:

    Princess, you are beautiful even when you appear so pensive. Great job in choosing Spartacus. Congrats, Annette. Suzanne, we all love your blog and L@@K at all these comments. We are such suckers for giveaways. Now you know how many of us are your faithful followers. Thanks for being part of my day!

  30. Diane says:

    Yeah, he does look like a Spartacus. Are you sure he’s a rooster? If not, I guess he can be Miss Spartacus. Good job picking a name, Princess.

  31. Theresa says:

    Congratulations Annette! :woof: Love the name – how appropriate!

  32. Jodie says:

    :snoopy: Sounds like a super name for a scary looking fierce warrior chicken. :chicken:

  33. Kim W says:

    CONGRATS ANNETTE!!!! :clap:

    Enjoy your prize.

    Blessings from Ohio… :snoopy:

  34. Jennifer Robin says:

    Spartacus is perfect! I just love that chicken’s attitude in pictures!

  35. Elizabeth Gastemire says:

    :typing: Just sayin’……..I think Ms/Mr Chick looks like VICTORY!

    I love give-a-ways! Pick Me!


  36. margiesbooboo says:

    great name!

  37. Tori Lennox says:

    Congrats, Annette!!! That’s a great name!!!

  38. wkf says:

    Spartacus suits him! Congrats Annette :flying:

  39. Donna says:

    Congrats Annette! :bananadance: :rockon: :woof: :purr: :guitar:

    I think my second choice was Pecker Head. LOL

    Suzanne…you seem to do so well at organizing things, like giveaways…I wonder if you would be a good event planner or something for a career..or consultant of some kind – you seem to have the gift.

  40. Linda says:

    Spartacus – what a great name!

  41. Brandy says:

    Spartacus sounds perfect! COngratulations Annette!
    You know we comment because your blog is terrific on it’s own, right?

  42. catslady says:

    Congratulations Annette! I love the name and there were a lot of good ones – I hope he is a he :mrgreen:

  43. Sharon Elkins says:

    I’m so impressed with all of your building projects. I don’t think I would be brave enough to ford that stream.

  44. RobynL says:

    congrats to the winner on picking a name well chosen.

  45. Minna says:

    Congratulations, Annette!

  46. Estella says:

    Congrats Annette!
    He just doesn’t look very happy.

  47. Jeri From Newcomerstown Ohio says:

    He’s one cool lookin chicken and the name suits him.

  48. Karen B says:

    :flying: Love the name! :chicken: Backward contest sounds like fun.

  49. anna in Toronto says:

    S. your blog is often the high point of my day. Today when I showed 2& 1/2 your daily farmhouse photo of the cows, I said “look at the cows” and he said “I love cows” I guess great minds really do think alike. 🙂

  50. Kelly Myers says:

    Spartacus is perfect! Good job Princess!

    What a great idea for your give aways Suzanne. A great mind you have!

  51. Dorothy says:

    You chose well, Princess.
    Congrats, Annette.

  52. Kacey says:

    Spartacus! Great name. Great pick from Princess.

    Oh, a backwards give away! Just by leaving a comment. Now that’s an easy contest to enter! Fun. I love a good contest.

  53. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Congrats to Annette.I love give-a-ways. :love: However, it is not possible for me to be here everyday. :wall: So, if the day you choose is a day I can’t be here, good luck to all. Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  54. Tobey says:

    Great idea for a giveaway to make sure all of the daily readers don’t get away without commenting. I’m kind of shy that way but will be sure to put in my two cents about SOMETHING each day.

    Spartacus is a perfect name – congratulations to 12 for finding just the right name for the growing chick out of all the entries.


  55. Marissa Ann H says:

    Congrats Annette and good work Princess!

  56. Amy Addison says:

    :shimmy: Congrats Annette! :clap:

    And yay to Spartacus on getting a name.

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