Coming back to the blog, after a CRAZY two months and this is where I stopped... having these chickens and that weekend of getting rid of them has taught me a lot about grief, God, and the joy we experience here on earth.
Of course I want to blog about this to document the events but also to share the miracle these fluffy feathered family members were to us... things that I never realized until AFTER we had said our goodbyes. From day one these birds were God's idea. I had bought all this wire fencing to make a garden... and as the trees began to fill out in our new year I quickly realized my 'garden' was a shade bed. It was during a yoga meditation session that God placed the idea in my head to get chickens. WHAT?! lol I've never cared for birds or chickens and didn't think I would. But it was covid, we had time for a project and learning so sure why not... Now that's history and you know the story of us hatching, building the coop etc... But now looking back I see WHY God planted that idea of chickens in my mind. It was His gift of joy to me during our time in Kansas. We enjoyed the yard more because of those ladies and God had his hand of protection on them for the entire two years. We never experienced a loss, had a couple of scares with hawks and raccoons, but God was protecting them. It was a miracle they all lasted two years and we never had to experience a death first hand. Our neighbors had some friends on the same street five blocks south of us that had to keep their chickens penned up all day because of the foxes that camped out in their yard! Maybe a MILE away! There was definitely a bubble in our yard because we let them roam daily and if I was just running a quick errand I would leave them out and never had any issues with their safety. Thank you God for that. The chickens brought us so much joy, but it wasn't the chickens it was God giving us that joy through the chickens, I realized this about mid-April and was thankful for it. Thankful and excited to look forward to something new God would bring me joy through. It's not the earthly things, it's always God!
Okay now only to where I left off with this blog. Saturday May 14th was the day. A friend from BSF (bible study fellowship) had agreed to buy the coop from us. She had a small flock of chickens just ten minutes straight north of us. They wanted another coop to be able to separate their chicks as they hatched new babies and was willing to take our five girls. So glad they were able to stay with their familiar home and all go at once. It happened on this date because that was when their friend was able to let them borrow the trailer. STOP, just realized I have photos from before I need to share...
Knowing the chickens were leaving I was kinda hoarding eggs :-/ I usually would give them to neighbors, teachers, whoever so I didn't have a stock pile, but I started to get a little selfish, heee hee. It didn't take us long to get through these when we'd eat eggs but I was also not eat eggs as often knowing they'd be all gone soon. Prob part of the grief process. In the end I had some after we moved and I had to throw them out cuz they were bad when I cracked them :-( so I should have just eaten, aw well.
We prepared for their arrival by getting everything apart and dug up. Whoa what a chore. We had morning soccer at eight AM then got to work when we got back as they were arriving after lunch. Photos to share the wire before we detached it. We had a lot of pride and joy in this coop.