So, today I had ONE goal, to "keep the tiny humans alive" just like my coffee cup says. So to be fair, my youngest child is almost seven; she's not so tiny anymore really. Still as a homeschooling mom, some days I just feel overwhelmed and tired. Let's be honest, if you're a mom who sends her kids to public school you too have felt overwhelmed and tired, no matter your children's ages.
Here's the thing though, we've had a rough week. We've had the sickies. My back has been out, and I feel very behind on many of the things I typically do. So today I decided if I could just get through we'd be doing well. I got a good amount of work done this morning and then we were off to Rural King on a "field trip". My husband thought we were going to look at baby chickens, but our children knew we were going to buy some! I hadn't said I was buying them or not buying them, but have y'all ever seen baby chickens? Well, let's just say they're the sweetest, cutest little things ever! There was no way we were going in there and not coming home with some.
So we ended up buying seven at Rural King, and almost made it out of there with a Cornish Hen, but I luckily talked my ten-year-old out of that! We bought some chick starter and some new feeders too and headed to Tractor Supply to see what breeds they had available.
So y'all, as we walked in the door at Tractor Supply I could hear the chirps! There sure was a lot of chirping going on, and when we got back to the chickens there they were, Marans and Cochin chickens...the two breeds I wanted! Y'all know I wasn't leaving there without them, even if I had already purchased seven.
They were part of a straight run and so we weren't sure if they were boys or girls, but my Friend Audra is the bomb. She had read that you could 'sex' a chicken by looking at their wing feathers and determining if they were boys or girls (we wanted girls). Unfortunately what she knew and what we read doesn't appear to be correct, so who knows what we ended up with. We had thought you could look at any baby chick to tell if it's a Pullet or a Cockerel, but actually, after further research, once I got home, that doesn't appear to be the case all the time. First I read this:
"Feather sexing is a simple technique that even an amateur backyard chicken keeper can perform. Yay! First, sexing a chick based on when they develop their wing feathers is easily done through simple observation. The early presence of wing feathers almost always indicates that your baby is a clucky little female." But after visiting Cackle Hatchery I read that there's a whole lot more to it than that. So, we looked, we thought we knew, and we found out, we don't know jack! LOL
Well, guys, we made it home with four more from Tractor Supply for a total of 11! Who knows if they're male or female, that will remain to be seen for a while. I am sorry to report we lost one of them before we got them transferred to a larger container and a heat lamp. It appears the others squished him (sat on him) and my son Hank was so incredibly sad. It was the one he had picked out.
Hank has Autism and he's highly emotional at times. I quickly swooped in when we realized the dead chick was his and told him he could have my Cochin. These chickens have furry feet, so they're "special". I told him that chick was meant to be his because it was special just like him! I got a quick smile out of that and the tears stopped. Please pray for him though y'all, I know he'll obsess about that dead chicken for days, and I'm praying he can let it go easily and begin to love on the sweet little furry chicken that he's now adopted!
So we learned a lot today!
I hope you can be like my daughter too and find the good in every day. I always like to say, it's a bad day, not a bad life, which means there's always something to be grateful for, and going one step further, look at the little things and embrace them and consider it all joy.
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