Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

This is definitely a “Hold onto your hearts!” photo. You may remember last Friday I shared a photo of my boy Lefty the day he moved to a farm in the country. He looked grumpy and betrayed. The next day I took Rudy to the farm to join him.

This photo is of Rudy and her first day-old chick. Definitely a stronger resemblance to Lefty the new Dad than Rudy the new Mom, wouldn’t you say? Here is one of Rudy’s own baby chick photos for comparison.

Rudy is waiting for the others chicks to hatch and join this first one. While the eggs in the clutch are laid over several days, they remain in a suspended state until the hen has the number of eggs that she wants. When she begins to stay with them and warm them, then the chicks begin to develop. This ensures they will all hatch at roughly the same time.

Rudy is a great Chicken Momma as I think you can tell. She is strong and protective, and a real sweetheart, though in this photo she is seriously guarding her sleepy-looking little treasure.

You can read more about all of my chickens on this page.

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My Life With Gracie…What Can’t Be Found

What Can't Be Found

For the past few days, I haven’t collected any eggs from Blanche and Pearl. (They have their own separate smaller coop now just for the two of them. But that’s another story for another day.)

This seemed odd to me because they are my most consistent egg layers. There are no signs of anything out of the ordinary like egg predators. They aren’t molting right now which would cause them to stop laying eggs and use their energy to grow new feathers.

Early yesterday morning I did some investigation by flashlight before they had gotten up for their breakfast. Chickens can’t see very well in the dark, so they tend to stay put. I found some eggs hidden away in a small spot behind their nesting box.

They sleep on a roost on top of their nesting box, and they know I usually check for eggs in the morning. When there are eggs in their nesting box and they hear me feeling around in there, they usually give me a cluck or two. I had always taken this as their way of telling me that they wanted to get a little more sleeptime.

Now I’m not so sure. I think Blanche, my biggest girl, wants more than anything to be a Mama Chicken and Pearl is copying her and laying eggs in this secret spot too.

This makes me sad, because I tell all of my chickens almost everyday how I want good things for them so they are happy. I know Blanche wants to be a Mama Chicken and would make an excellent one. She is strong, alert, and has great patience. (After all, she practically raised her hatchling sister Pearl all by herself!)

Without any roosters around, Blanche will never have what she is looking for to make herself happy. She will never have baby chicks of her own to raise. It’s a reality I don’t like for her. Even if she did spend a little time visiting with a rooster and hatched some eggs, I’m already at my legal city limit with six chickens. (No roosters. No more than six hens.)

My heart shared her sadness and her loneliness. Should I take the eggs she has hidden away? They will never hatch. When she has enough in her clutch and becomes broody, it’s not going to be pleasant.

I don’t like the idea of Blanche trying to do the impossible, never giving up, and having a broken heart. I’d rather she be angry at me for “stealing” her eggs. Yesterday afternoon while they were distracted, I took nine eggs from their hidden clutch.

Things like this happen to people in different ways…like how we get angry when what we are seeking is impossible, even when it is a good thing that others have. So much of life seems out of our control during those times, and we are prone to become bitter and angry at what we perceive to be unfairness. Yet every day is a gift.

My Life With Gracie helped me see we won’t always find what we are looking for, even if we want it very much. Yet every day is a gift.

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What Can't Be Found

My Life With Gracie…About Looking And Finding

About Looking And Finding

Sometimes I think a chicken’s life is so simple. Wake up. Look for food. Find it. Joyful tail feathers are on display!

Look for sunshine and a nice dustbath spot. Find it. More joyful tail feathers are on display!

Look for a good shady spot for sitting and looking pretty. Find it. Even more joyful tail feathers are on display!

It all makes life as a human seem more challenging by comparison. But I must wonder if we don’t make things more difficult than they need to be. We worry and fret. We make plans to forestall what might, maybe, by some small chance, possibly happen. Long range plans are nice, but what about just this day?

So I started asking myself…how many times a day do I have “happy tail feathers” like my chickens? In other words, how often could I tell someone during the day, “I found what I was looking for!” and really mean it? Could someone just look at me and tell it without me ever saying a word? Is my attitude open and hopeful or closed and doubtful of finding goodness and joy?

Maybe some of it is just in looking at things differently. I find a pudding cup at the back of the refrigerator…possible joyful moment coming…and it is still on the good side of its expiration date…definite joyful moment has arrived!

My best bit of “chicken wisdom” for right now is to look for and find your joy every day and in everyday things. Let yourself have some “happy tail feathers” to show!

My Life With Gracie taught me everyone is looking for something. It’s fairly easy to spot the chicken who has found it.

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About Looking And Finding