I didn't realize how accustomed to life here in Mexico I'd become until standing outside my house the other day when my friend here who is also from the states pointed out the new addition of chickens on the side of my neighbors house - and started laughing at it. She told my "Oh my gosh, that's SSOOOOO a blog post for you!"
The cage and chickens showed up on the side of my neighbors house about two weeks ago and I remember seeing it the first time and thinking to myself "Huh, wonder what they're keeping them for? To breed?" and going on about my day like there was nothing kooky about it in the least. HA! When I first moved here I would have run outside with my camera immediately and then ran back in to call my Mom but now.... lol it's just so normal.
The lack of space in-house and outside of houses here makes for a lot of creativity from the people. A neighbor two houses the other way actually has two poodles living on their roof and in our old neighborhood there was a German shepherd that lived on someones roof. Chino's cousin has a neighbor who raises a whole hen house of chickens on the his roof and I've often seen him climbing up there and throwing out corn for them to feed. Nothing goes to waste here and that includes all possible space.
This is the first time I've ever seen chickens on the SIDE of a house but hell, if it works don't knock it. I'm just happy the damn rooster has his days and nights figured out. One of my Moms roosters from when I used to live back home was always getting day and night confused - especially if the moon was bright - and could be heard crowing all night long. So, I'm just happy ole KFC across the street has a brain.
It's funny how a little time and acclimation can change a persons perspective on what's normal and what's not. The truth is that there IS no normal - but it would be good to remember to laugh when I see things that are a tad . .. . ingenuitive.