26 May 2012

i'm grateful for . . . 'nurture'

Greetings all,
Following Maxabella Loves lead with being grateful for 'nurture' this week.  We were offered a challenge - to raise a bullied chick, being pecked to death by its 9 siblings - it was the chance to exude nurture in buckets.  I knew how beautiful, loving, caring our first chick was when her sibling failed to thrive . . . she would be an amazing nurture powerhouse to this brand new chick, albeit, only 25 days older.
 So i gingerly placed this day old 25gm chicken with our Viola (she has to be a hen, or a very nurturing gay rooster) & just look at them.  Yes, i had tears in my eyes & a swollen heart watching this.
 Not sure how many heat packs you need when you have a feather doona hugging you.  The expression 'taking you under my wing' comes to mind.
 We have named this new chick is Piccolo.  To think Viola does not find Piccolo annoying is incredible, as she darts under Viola, while she eats, sleeps, moves . . . 
 or just leans on her.  They are inseparable & absolutely meant to be together.
 You know the best thing??  We have since taken 2 of her siblings (3 days later) & guess what, Piccolo is stronger, heavier & higher up the pecking order.  Nurture wins!!
 The children of course are loving more baby chicks to play with.  To make way for them in the coop, we're investigating some adult chicken recipes (sorry adult hens & potential roosters.)  
 We also picked up 2 baby Pekin bantams, who are the cutest things on earth . . . pom poms on fluffy match sticks!!  They like to snuggle into ear muffs & scoot under their 4 Hamburg room mates.  
Special mention to my son who let me chop up his favourite robot blanket.  Thank you readers for not groaning about another chicken post, they are truly melting our hearts, even handsome soldier's . . . i've caught him picking them up for a cuddle too.  Love Posie

21 comments:

Lisa - Sweet Little Pretties said...

They are so cute! Love your little pom poms on match sticks xx

Jan-Maree said...

They really are very cute and I am not surprised that the handsome soldier has been sprung cuddling one or two! I can just imagine how much the kids are enjoying them. Roll on the farm eh?

TexWisGirl said...

those photos are just so precious. :)

Maxabella said...

This sight warms the very cockles, Jen. Aaaaaw!! x

The Accidental Housewife said...

My goodness, how many chickens have you now, Jenny? You're a regular farmer! I'll start calling you Mrs Steggles*!

That chicken cuddle made me a bit teary, actually. How wonderful to brought in out of the cold, and then to be so unconditionally loved.

Now, a technical question, in this horrible Canberra cold snap, have you added any heating to your henhouse? I only have two birds, who can only generate so much heat, and I'm worried about their welfare...

Polly said...

awwww how delicious.

ThePassionateShopper said...

Aww they're just too cute!

Mum on the Run said...

Awww.
That is the most adorable thing.
Those pics - just too sweet.
xxx

donna said...

You aren't going to eat the hamburgs are you???? My son wants to adopt them! I show him all the posts with chickens in (he has a flock of gold lace) but is VERY envious of the speckled hamburgs:)

donna said...

you aren't going to eat the hamburgs are you?!? I show my son the chicken posts and he is very envious of the hamburgs - he wants to adopt them to put with his gold lace flock. So cute:)

ally said...

total awwwwww...moment

Amanda said...

Very cute they are.

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

No lovelier sight than those baby chickens. No greater revenge for that baby chicken than growing up to be so big and strong!

Elisa {with grace and eve} said...

Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest! How beautiful! I love how you have captured nurture in your words & images xx

Sarah said...

Just beautiful.
I love home some animals are just so mothering even at such a wee age.

Seana Smith said...

Sweeeeettttt.... oh how lovely, and you did well to get such great photos too. Mother Nature is a great teacher. Gorgeous.

Seana Smith said...

Sweeeeettttt.... oh how lovely, and you did well to get such great photos too. Mother Nature is a great teacher. Gorgeous.

happylan said...

So darn cute! And the Viola + Piccolo story is just heartwarming :)

Kylie said...

How very cute. Humm, adult chicken recipes - who is doing the deheading:)
Oh and handsome soldier is home. You snuck that one in at the end.
Hip Hip Horray. So happy for you all (enjoy)

Sarah said...

That chook snuggle may be the most adorable thing ice seen this week. Between you & Mrs Accident, my husband might find himself building a chookhouse soon enough.

Woollybutt Hill said...

Love it, chicks are so addictive...
x M