Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here a Chick, There a Chick!....
Today the boys painted out new "chicken barn". It was a goat barn, until we got rid of the goats and made it for chickens. Right now it has 13 new little chicks that are just about feathered out. My dad was gracious enough to not only build it, but come back out and remake it for chickens and some storage. The boys had a good time painting. I'm so glad that I have boys!
Our little girl couldn't decide if she was going to feed herself or the chickens. I actually caught her doing a bite for her and a bite for the chickens. Once she even took a bite back. How a mother groans when a toddler does that, but hey, she is our forth! I must say she was redirected in her feeding techniques! She loves her "kickens"!
This was our other chicken yard when we had one of our snows! It was absolutely beautiful. We don't get snow like this in Texas! I had never in my life seen snow like this. We had a grand time. That day we got about ten inches! I can see this chicken yard out my kitchen window. I love watching the chickens in the morning. They are so busy. Sort of helps me get on with my day!
Until I had chickens, I did not understand how a mother hen gathered "her young under her wings". It has amazed me to watch a mother hen sit for days and days on her eggs. She fiercely guards them with her life. We had one mama hen go to her grave, when coyotes found her. She protected her eggs with her last breath! I have been pecked by a very angry broody hen trying to gather the eggs out from under her wings. Gloved hands are best in these situations.
All of this reminds me, how much our Father guards and protects us. Fortunately for us, He guarded us with His Son's very life! Jesus gave His last breath for me. I was the young he was protecting. You were the life He was protecting.
Praise be to God!
"I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!