Chick­ens are very dif­fi­cult mod­els. I must have about 4,000 chicken pho­tos. In 3,990 of them the chicken is fac­ing the wrong way, run­ning the wrong way or tak­ing a poop.

To pho­to­graph a chicken takes patience and Olympic-class squat­ting abil­ity. You must get down…wayyyyy down…into a squat posi­tion and stay there for about four hours while train­ing your cam­era on the chicken and wait­ing for him or her to gaze in your direc­tion. If you try and rush said gaze by, say, whistling, you will alarm the chicken into fac­ing the wrong way, run­ning the wrong way or tak­ing a poop.

So the fol­low­ing rep­re­sents about three weeks of squat­ting and wait­ing patiently. Enjoy. I have to go rub some Ben­gay on my quads now.

(You should be able to click on the photo to embiggen and see their purdy feathers.)

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24 Responses to “The Difficulty of Photographing Chickens”

  1. Gail Says:

    I totally loved being able to “embiggen and see their purdy feath­ers”. They are indeed pretty crit­ters. gail

  2. Layanee Says:

    Worth the squat­ting for me any­way. Is that T. Boone? He is handsome.

  3. scottsdale barbeque Says:

    Well they turned out really lovely!

  4. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    Con­grat­u­laions! On behalf of CAAPOA (Chicken Admir­ers and Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica) you now qual­ify for the cov­eted “Golden Knees” award for artis­tic merit. Good job!

  5. Cindy, MCOK Says:

    The chick­ens are as pho­to­genic as ever. That’s some mighty fine sweet potato vine you have there, too.

  6. Frances Says:

    Very beau­ti­ful pho­tos and chick­ens, Robin! Worth the sore quads. I love the hen house shot with the sweet potato vine. Noth­ing improves the soil like chicken manure.

  7. Madeline Houston Says:

    Thanks for the chuckle! I love your chicken house–too cute!

  8. Carol Says:

    Do chick­ens poop that much? Love the pic­tures and appre­ci­ate that you weeded out all the ones where they are poop­ing. Save those for another post…

  9. Robin Ripley Says:

    Carol — Chick­ens poop a LOT. I would guess each chicken poops 20–30 times/day. You can’t raise chick­ens and be too prissy.

  10. barak Says:

    Its remind me of this movie filmed in brazil “City of God” when they try­ing to catch the chicken

  11. Blake Smolensky Says:

    I lit­er­ally LOL’d at the pic­tures of the chick­ens in your gar­den! My neigh­bors used to have chick­ens, ducks, a turkey, among other farm animals…until some­one called and com­plained about the sub­urbs not being farm friendly. How does hav­ing chick­ens help your gar­den? Is it kind of like nat­ural manure? My fam­ily has been home-gardening for over 30 years, so I’m interested!

  12. Jo Says:

    Really pretty pic­tures. Your “In 3,990 of 4000 the chicken is fac­ing the wrong way, run­ning the wrong way or tak­ing a poop” reminded me of try­ing to have a pic of my 18 months old ;)

  13. yaniv Says:

    First and last pic­ture really good, one can see you invested a lot of patience to get such quality :-)

  14. Jen Says:

    I keep try­ing to get mine to respond to the word “freeze” but it isn’t working.

  15. michele Says:

    Well I can say I never thought much about tak­ing a pic­ture of a chicken but I can see your point. They look good.

  16. lauren scheuer Says:

    Found you some­how on Twit­ter and, well, love your pix and your words!

  17. Holly Says:

    First of all, I NEED you to post more about your chicken fam­ily. I love read­ing about all of their adventures.

    Sec­ond, how in the world do you have such beau­ti­ful hostas around your chicken coop? My 3 girls have com­pletely desto­ryed ours to the roots.

  18. Matt Says:

    This is cer­tainly one spoilt chicken, a lovely chicken house.

  19. Suzanne Says:

    I think these pic­tures are really good!

  20. andysmito Says:

    LOL I have my pet Japan­ese chicken taken at our back­yard and so with her friends Nina and Lena the two minia­ture chickens

  21. Trish Says:

    What beau­ti­ful chick­ens. I leave the pho­tog­ra­phy to my son, or there would be no pic­tures on my blog. Well done for get­ting the ones in your blog.

  22. Love my Lawnmower Says:

    LOL, you had me at “embiggen” ;-)

    The chick­ens look pretty neat too, by the way.

  23. greg Says:

    or tak­ing a poop! classic.

  24. Pam Says:

    Read­ing this makes me miss my chick­ens so much. Wish I could have them where I’m at. So much fun to read today and I love the pho­tos! Espe­cially the hen house shot.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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