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Networking Successfully: The Sonoran Desert Bald Chicken

Sonoran Desert Bald ChickenThat's a Sonoran Desert Bald Chicken. 

(I know.  When you think "bald" you think "eagle.")

Bald eagles get all the press--what my friend Colonel Carson calls "NatGeo moments." It's true; when was the last time you saw a bird like this one in National Geographic?

On the other hand, when was the last time you saw a fish-eating eagle reading a self-help book?

This particular Bald Chicken's a nearsighted hen.  Hens and roosters are easy to tell apart:  the rooster of the species has a much larger comb on it's head, and the wattles on each side of the rooster's neck are bright blue.

What Desert Bald Chickens lack in publicity they make up for in their well-developed ability to network with each other to get things accomplished.

Research shows that the hens are especially good at this.  Gathering in groups of twelve, they listen attentively while one hen reads to the rest. 

I was fortunate to capture this photo during one of the reading sessions.  (You can see she's in good voice.)

Tune in next time when Ranger Mike investigates the benefits of adopting the business model of the Desert Pack Rat.


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Photo courtesy Alia Sweis

Comment balloon 15 commentsMike Jones • June 08 2009 10:08PM


Hi Mike, GREAT POST!! Just too cute, Looks like one of my Sellers the other day when he go a low offer on his home!!! Thanks for sharing


Posted by Barbara Flannery, "Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky" (USA Realty,Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike ~ What's the bald chicken reading?  Looks like a good book.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 11 years ago


It is a good book!  Get Noticed...Get Referrals by Jill Lublin


Did he accept?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

That's the funniest doggone picture I have seen in a long time! I think I will actually pick that book up!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago


As well you should!  This is the card we send to visitors to our Professional Partners BNI Chapter here in Tucson.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Well I can truthfull say that this is the first time I have ever seen, or heard of, a Sonoran Desert Bald Chicken.  But I guess it just shows to go ya the things that you can learn herein the RAIN.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago


This looks like a great book. The photo is hilarious..thanks for sharing both he photo and what looks to be a promising book!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago


Hi Mike:

You would think that the eye doctor would fit her with smaller glasses!  :)


Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

The bald chicken can really pick a good book!!!  Great story... Thanks for sharing

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 11 years ago


They're pretty smart, even if they're not real pretty.  LOL


The glasses are hand-me-downs.


Speaking of promises, I promise never to bore you on my blog!  LOL


You never know what a day will bring!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

We had a Mt. Bell chicken that came out for birthdays and other special occasions.  That was a long time ago.  I think ours was more deader than yours.  LOL!! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  A true photographer can take anything and make it a piece of art!  -- Gab (PS - nothing back on the offer yet - still waiting to hear!)

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago


I love that photo. Did you take it? It's clearly a snapshot, as the chicken looks so surprised.

Posted by Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor (Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.) over 11 years ago


It's not my photo; see the credit at the end of the post to my good friend Alia Sweis, Vice President of our Professional Partners BNI Chapter in Tucson.  The chicken's name, as she's our mascot, is PP Chicken!


That's the truth!  I'll talk to you soon.


Mountain Bell was a client of mine in a past life; I never did run across your chicken though.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Howdy there Mike

I sure did get a real hoot out of readen and seen that there bald Chicken photo.

I'll sure have to keep an eye out, for that there Desert Pack Rat. LOL

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago

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