Curing All Cases of Moodiness

Caltech students have long been known for their quirky sense of humor, whether it be through planning creative pranks, building elaborate party sets, or even the year-long preparation that goes into our annual Ditch Day. Please describe an unusual way in which you have fun. (200 word max)

Is she moody... or just broody? An obstacle course game should do the trick. Let’s also add some dried mealworms to the mix!

Every day, my pet chickens surprise me with their unique personalities and quirky behaviors, whether they are gracefully grooming their feathers, luxuriously bathing in dust, or madly sprinting for mealworms. To accommodate these unusual family members in my small, suburban backyard, I work on many creative projects including entertaining obstacle courses made from Christmas tree boxes, grand lettuce wreaths constructed with excess chicken wire, and mesmerizing food platters consisting of the healthiest leftovers in our fridge.

My hens’ broodiness has become opportunities for me to create whimsical and cost-effective contraptions for their entertainment and for my own. Having raised pet chickens for the past two years, I have learned the art of simplifying fun. Watching them roam the same 15’ x 30’ space every day with unwavering enthusiasm inspires me to be innovative with my resources, however limited, and seek out new, daily adventures as well.

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