April 19, 2008
to be alive..."
The great thing
about this blog is I hear from chickenkeepers all over. Some letters
are funny and make me think...
I live in a very small
rural town. Every time I go to more populated places, I hear emergency
vehicle sirens screaming several times a day at all hours of the
day and night. A siren's scream says, "Disaster, danger, alarm,
fear, death!" A rooster's crow says, "I'm here, this is
my patch, I'm vigorous, and I'm happy to be alive!" I'd rather
hear a rooster crow than a siren scream.
remind me of life's strong higher power. Everyone wants to have a
purpose, to care for others and to be loved. Even chickens. I've got
a couple of broody hens ... maybe I could get them a few chicks...
It's so fun to have chickens!
One of our 2 year old hens decided she was broody about 2 weeks
ago and was setting on 8 eggs. Since we have no rooster, I knew
her efforts were in vain. So Anna and I hatched a plan to help her
out: We bought 4 one-day-old chicks from the feed store, and kept
them in the basement under a heat lamp. Then in the evening of their
2nd night home, we replaced them under the mama hen. We knew that
the worst case scenario was that they could die, so we accepted
that possibility. But she took right to them and they to her! Awesome!
Enjoy your day,