Thursday, July 10, 2008

tales of an escape chick

Our newest chick has been giving us problems. A few days ago she flew out of ther box for the first time. I said it was time to take the chickens out to the hen house. They were in there overnight and then our hen Tess started pecking at the meat chickens and hurt them, so David pulled them back into a box in the garage. Shortly after that the baby hen got out again and David found her a few hours later behind the freezer. David fortified the box. Last night I went out to start some laundry and checked on the chicks again. Our little hen was missing again. I looked all over that area of the garage, then I started putting the laundry in the washing machine and when I got to the bottom of the basket, I found our little chick. I did not know if she was dead or alive for a minute, but she soon started moving around. She was a little cold and wet, but fine. I decided that she would still be safer out in the hen house then in the garage. In the hen house she just has to dodge one chicken not all the dangers of our house. I put her back out there and the chickens seem to handle just one better then three. The baby chick also seems smart enough to run away when the Hens just gesture towards her.
She was chirping loudly at sunset, so I went out to check on her. The other two hens were getting ready to settle down on top of there house and the baby chick was chirping and flapping her wings. She wanted to get up there with them. She was so sad to have to sleep alone, but at least she was safe.
I am reading Jane Eyre right now and the lonely chick wanting companionship reminded me of the book. Maybe I can re-write the book from a chicken's perspective.
David is going to build a seperate domicle for the meat chickens today. We plan to raise some more so we can have some chicken in our freezer for the winter.
The boys have a birthday party today and I made the birthday present and gift bag last night.
I covered a composition book and an empty bread crumbs can for the present. We went to the Dollar Tree to buy pencils erasers and pencil sharpners to put in the can. This party is for a little girl. Christian has another party for a little boy next week and I plan to repeat this with a boy theme.

I took a Winco Bag, cut the top off. I took an 8x10 sheet of paper and glued it over the log and decorated the paper. I punched holes on the top of the bag and attached ribbons for handles.

Credits: Dragonfly Dreams by Mandy Mistiques at Elemental Scraps


Kelsey S said...

I love that bag idea!!


AfriDigiDiva said...

LOL, that chick will probably give you double yolk eggs for all her life!

Beth Nixon said...

ooh, cute crafts! Love the pencil box idea!

RefreshMom said...

Cute gift! Happy birthday Wren!