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Lesson 1176 – Life from hardship

We’ve had snow and now we don’t – for the most part. (But there was a lot of snow when I drove to Vermont yesterday so it’s not far away.)

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Vermont yesterday

Soon after we had our falcon attack this past fall, I rolled our used Halloween pumpkin under a bush the juvies had started to huddle beneath each day as a way to hide from the neighborhood predator. I figured, under the bush, they could peck at it in leisure and safety.

That falcon really changed the behavior of our flock, it’s rare to see any member randomly roaming the yard anymore, they all either hover near an overhang or hide under a bush and won’t dare come out unless a human caretaker is present.

Which means that the pumpkin, which was whole (we just stuck arms and legs into it) has seen much action. This is all that currently remains of our Halloween pumpkin:

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Heavy snow is in the forecast for this weekend. The flock doesn’t like being out on ice and so days (upon days) of being cooped up loom in the immediate future. With the snows, the remains of the pumpkin will become mush, eventually returning its nutrients to the ground.

Who knows, perhaps after the thaw a seed will take root – the start of a new pumpkin – reminding us all that life can spring from hardship – even when evils like falcons abound.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1175 – Home for the Holidays

In just a bit, I get to leave one chick who had some teeth pulled yesterday (and who is doing fine although he passed on the Shepard’s pie for dinner last night – gasp – and instead had soup and a smoothie) in order to get another chick in Vermont so he can be home with us for the holidays.

That’s one aspect of what a mama hen does all the time. Send and retrieve. It’s her job. Have you ever seen a new group of chicks introduced into an existing flock? They hang around and explore together as a group, all under the watchful eye of the mama. The chicks will constantly test boundaries, the neighbor’s yard, the street, all in an effort to see where their mama’s world ends and where theirs begins.

When the mama hen has decided that enough is enough, she corrals them back into the safety of the coop (often with the assistance of the flock’s rooster) with a –

“Just what were you thinking?” and sometimes a simple,

“Really?”

But the mama also rejoices when she see the chicks applying the lessons they’ve been taught –

“My class ends at 12, how about picking me up at 2 when I’ll be all packed?”

Instead of, “Be here at 12 and I’ll come down when I’m ready.”

Or “I had to take something in the night for pain, I wrote when I took it down on the meds paper.”

Teach and teach, push and pull – the constant jobs of the mama.

The reward? A mama who can *begin* to relax by trusting her chicks will continue to make the right choices. Along with a houseful of flock members all truly looking forward to spending time with the family during this season of togetherness and being grateful.

 

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1174 – A mama hen’s job

Ready and waiting

Ready and waiting

One of my chicks is going to have his wisdom teeth pulled today.

I’ll be the one who drives him to the clinic where it will be done and I’ll be the one who pretends to read a book while he is away in a tiny room, blissfully unaware that people are cutting and pulling parts of his mouth away.

I’ll hover over him when he gets out of surgery and knowing him, he’ll be annoyed that I’m there.

“Oh, mom,” he’ll say in that voice he’s used so many times before, “I’m fine.”

I know he’ll be fine.

I know he’ll be fine as I adjust the pillows on the couch in front of the TV so that he can drain downward – a trick that helps with nausea.

I know he’ll be fine as I find a warm wool blanket to tuck around him in order to keep warm reducing stress on his body. Continue reading

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