Wednesday, December 7, 2011

scripture Picture... As A Hen Gathers Her Chicklets

Greetings and Holykisses,

Five Banty hens had been laying eggs in this olde watercan when this little Momma decided to get broody and take over the nest. -- Talk about a mountain of eggs beneath her! She sat on them faithfully for 21 days, keeping them warm and turning them as best as well; little hen can turn a mountain. -- Two days ago, I started hearing some chirping! I tell ya; it was so hard not to peek!

Baby chicks can go 3 days without food and water so I knew they'd be okay waiting a little while before moving her to a separate pen and helping them out of the can. There was no way the babies could have gotten out on their own. -- So, I raked out the pen, and put down some fresh straw and then rigged up a heat lamp and a pan of chick starter and little waterers. I sure was happy I remembered my leather gloves because when I lifted Momma out of the can she did some serious terroristic threatening. I had to hold her with one hand and scoop out babies with the other. Then I made a nest; adding chicklets and the last of the eggs that hadn't hatched... and then turned Momma loose.

It wasn't long and she gathered them all up under her wings and sat back down. She still has a few eggs under her but some she's started pushing out of the way making more room for her babies. I wish I'd have remembered to count them. I think there is around 7-10. I'm guessing just the "top" of the mountain hatched.
I knew they had to be today's scripture picture.

Holykisses xoxo


Sherry said...

Seriously amazing. I love that you can see scripture, God's love and promises in everything that surrounds you. I pray for clarity like that too! Sweet mama hen. What sacrifice.

Trace4J said...

How amazing and wonderful..New life! All in your watering can.
Thanks for sharing.
Joy, Trace


Paula said...

You wonder what made Momma Hen choose the watering can? I am so glad you wore your gloves!!! Watch out, Momma love is fierce. Thank you for the scripture. Beeg hugs, and praying for you my friend

Auntie Bliss said...

I didn't even know things had babies in the winter! What a place to lay eggs :) I'll bet they are so tiny and cute!

From the Heart said...

You are a great caretaker of God's littliest things.

Attic Clutter said...

Oh love the chicken and eggs.. how fun Lea..and your profile pic is so-oo cute--- & love the hat (:) hugs,Patty

Fran. said...

What an awesome picture of the watering can!! A picture for sure from God up above. So simple yet beautiful. I love all your thrifty finds. Especially the spice rack and what you are gonna use it for! I adore jars so much and upcycle them in to other uses all the time. XO Fran.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Lea ;) :)
Oh, that was a great story. Yeah, I'm glad you were wearing leather gloves, too. That bantam mama just didn't realize you were trying to help her.. :) :) Those bantam baby chicks are so cute and so tiny :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)