Unexpected Chicks

| 4/8/2015 4:00:00 PM

Transitional TraditionsThe hilarious irony of desiring to write about homesteading is that most of my prime writing hours are taken up by ... homesteading.

Anyone who has ever had the blessing of caring for small children knows that nap times are like a golden gift from God and you better not waste those precious two hours or you'll kick yourself. I'm not dictating what a waste of time might be. Sometimes, I'm not making huge headway in the mess of the kitchen or the weeds of the garden. Sometimes, I get myself a much needed nap during that time, too. But most often, I try to orient my day so that major chores are taken care of ahead of time and I can sit in front of the laptop screen and clack out a few paragraphs about Life.

Those afternoons are some of the greatest joy to me.

And days like today, I am amused at how things pan out. For instance, our laying hens needed water replaced, which only I can do (the older children feed them and pick the eggs). It is about 40 degrees and rainy today, but still quite lovely as the world is at the outer edge of turning green. Then I noticed the hens' waterer was due for a good scrubbing. Next, my daughter had built a new fairy house, so that needed to be viewed and admired with her. I gathered up some wood shavings in a box after that because on Sunday, we were blessed with unexpected chicks. The chicks needed fresh bedding over their newspaper now that they know what their feed looks like and can scratch it out on their own. They also needed their tiny waterer cleaned out.

We had been told by a friend that we were paying for ready-to-lay pullets, 10 of them. We have suffered some losses by raccoons over the past year in our flock, so this was a welcome expense. However, since our friend was getting them from a relative of a girlfriend of a roommate (no joke), there was a bit of miscommunication and when we finally got word on Easter Sunday that we'd be getting our chicks that evening, we gave a little clarifying cough.

"Ahem ... you meant to say chickens, right?"

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