What a lot of you know is that my family and I stay in the bush on a tucked away Resort. What you may or may not know is that we have a small chicken farm going. It is a lot of work but so totally worth it when you have yummy farm fresh eggs every day. Especially in the midst of COVID, and the shortage of certain grocery items that were blocked from coming in due to strikes.
Recently we have acquired some new breeds to broaden our visual spectrum to visitors coming to the Resort. From small feather feet chickens to productive egg layers to “Fluffy Chickens” even when fully grown – No Jokes!
Now to get baby chicks and put them by a broody hen, is kind of a mission. For the most part we get it right. This last batch we snuck them in quite successfully. I went to check on the new recruits to make sure all was good, but when I got there my heart sank into my shoes. There was a beautiful grey baby chick lying on her side, slightly jerking. I wanted to cry! What happened to this little thingy? I picked her up, held her in my hand and saw the most dreadful sight! Her whole back, from her non-existent tail to her neck was bare and bloody from being attacked by the hen. I thought for sure she wasn’t going to make it, but I was determined to try anyway.
This Chicken Whisperer, pulled out all her magic tricks to encourage this little chick to make it. After the second day, this adorable little fluffy ball of cuteness, started getting off my make-shift sickbed to drink water. Did my little heart skip a beat! She walked with a massive limp, but she was up, and tired of being fed in bed!
“She’s walking! She’s drinking! I can not believe my eyes! She is so strong and her power to survive is the greatest I have ever seen!”
After a week she is now almost back to her original state. She walks normally, eats, scratches on the ground for her food, and even nudges her buddies to eat too.
I am so encouraged by this little bird, it just goes to show that we should take note of the small rays of sunshine that come into our lives. They are there to keep our eyes looking up and to the light, instead of getting depro and looking down.
May her story bring you a little ray of hope, to never give up no matter what your circumstances are!