26 May 2012
i'm grateful for . . . 'nurture'
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