Tabby's chicken coop has some temporary renters. I hope they don't tear up the place!
My Precious the hen and her 10 adopted biddies have moved in, until the chicks are big enough to move out and join the rest of the (grown) flock. This coop is in an enclosed section of our backyard. Tabby's Silkie Bantams are still living in her room, though they love to take field trips to the outside world:
Tabby wrote a blogpost yesterday describing how to care for baby chicks. By the way - one of her chicks seems to be having seizures or something like it. It will suddenly drop its head and start walking backwards and stumbling. It is so pitiful! It does this frequently every day. Other than that it seems fine. If you have any idea what this is about, please let us know!
Recently I shared a few random thoughts on what mothers and dog mothers had in common. I have been fascinated watching My Precious with the chicks. She has us humans and dogs licked in her baby care!
|picture from a few weeks ago - before the yellow chick was killed by the snake|
All this after sitting almost constantly for about a month on eggs. That alone took it's toll on My Precious. Tabby was horrified at how much weight it felt like the hen had lost. (Hopefully she's gained it all back now, since she's in the yard, free-ranging all day.)
Yes being a parent is very sacrificial. It is not an easy task. It can be painful at times as it works to drive the selfishness out of us and grow us in many other ways. What an awesome - and frightening - responsibility.
I find that, almost daily, I reflect on all my own failings as a mother. I just can't seem to get it right. To be the mother I should be. I pray many times a day for wisdom from the One who IS the perfect parent.
Here is a wonderful image of God, as the ultimate loving and protective "mother hen":
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;" - Psalm 91:4
God truly wants to be a father to every one of us:
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing." - Luke 13:34
Remember - God, like the mama hen, never runs and hides from His children for "Me Time." He is there for us always. What a comfort!