Friday, February 24, 2017

Awkward Beauty

Awesome Rhode Island Red at 2 1/2 weeks.
Now comes juvenile awkwardness as the peeps are all popping feathers. Though I wouldn't miss this for anything, I find myself looking forward to seeing them mature into what God created them to be. Wait, this sounds so familiar. Oh yeah, I think it was when my kids were growing up...

Anyway, the peeps are flying down and back through the coop, chest-bumping each other, playing with a ping pong ball, up and down on the roost bars, quietly peeping as a flock and generally having a great time. So much fun to watch and interact with! I should have had chickens a long time ago...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Obituary Announcement

Catherine Barred Rock, age 1 week, died on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at her home in Oostburg. She was born on February 5, 2017, in Webster City, Iowa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barred Rock. Catherine is survived by her five siblings. A private family ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Black River Rabbit Hutch Crematory in Oostburg. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Black River Rabbit Hutch for the comfort and care given to Catherine in her final day. Condolences may be expressed online, below. In lieu of flowers, a tiny chicken memorial for Catherine has been established at the Black River Rabbit Hutch.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Peeps Arive

"Hello, is this Ken? This is Phil, from the post office, um, your chicks are here." At 06:13, zoom-zoom to the post office. Back door. Ring the buzzer!

So Phil the postman gives me this little box, barely as big as a shoe box. From it, emits these little "peep, peep, peep" sounds. At last, the 28 chicks have arrived! I rush home, gently holding the box and talking to the poor little peeps that have been quarantined from life for, I don't know, maybe 48 hours and 23 minutes, give or take.

As I drive home, I think of the awesomeness of God's creation contained in this little box. Therein awaits the little gems over which I have great responsibility as their caretaker, accountable for providing clothing, food, and shelter. Okay, maybe not clothing, but heat lamps, 18% chick feed, and clean water. All the things necessary to sustain these precious little lives under my roof.

Oh, and the free "rare exotic chick" they talked about really is just a chicken, not some gorgeous brunette from some far away land sent to pleasure.. well, never mind. She's cute anyway.