Red is a hardworking hen in the heart of Cottondale, Alabama. She is fifth in the Fiber Chicken line of succession, and she’s proudly following in her predecessors’ claw prints. Red is the shining star of the fiber cabin at Tannehill State Park. When she isn’t “pecking” out her favorite colors for fiber projects, she is flaunting her purple tail feathers for park guests. She definitely proves that chickens can do more than just lay an egg!!
Red the Fiber Chicken
8 1/2-year-old Easter Egger
Current position: Muse/house hen
Duties include but not limited to: Moral and cuddle support, inspiration, best friend, egg layer, and chicken ambassador.
I am happy in my current position, but I will be considering offers if the AC breaks or the lasagna runs out.
Currently, I have two coworkers, TCL (the crazy lady/the chicken lady) and Baby the African Grey. Oliver the cat was my coworker, but he is gone now. I miss him — but don’t tell TCL.
Jack was the first Fiber Chicken. She created the position. She loved all kinds of fiber. She was a legend. After her, the position was temporarily filled by many sick or injured chickens (even a goose and a turkey). I got the position when the doctor said I had an upper respiratory infection. I went into the big house for medicine. When I refused to go back outside to the chicken yard, the job became permanent, and I was promoted.
With my new position, I have new responsibilities. TCL demonstrates fiber arts in an old cabin at a historic state park called Tannehill Ironworks in Alabama. We go every weekend from March through November. She spins, weaves and crochets.
People come in all day asking lots of questions. I let everyone pet me. There have been people that were terrified of birds, and I fixed them. I let them pet me, and now they love birds. That is my favorite part of my job. I especially like tiny humans. They are the best huggers. I like to get in their laps when they sit down on the ground with me.
My job also requires traveling. TCL, Baby and I travel in the little rolling house to other states for fiber festivals. I let hundreds of people pet me after they spray their hands. Got to stay safe! They take my picture, hug me, and tell me how wonderful I am. I love this job!