Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This is my tiny flock of bantams. I have one Silkie and
three Mille Fleurs. I really do enjoy having a flock of bantams.
I think maybe in the fall I might order some more Silkie's
from My Pet Chicken. That way I can be sure I get hens
instead of roosters. Last year, I got straight run Silkies and
all of them were roosters. I had five roosters and they started
crowing at 2:30 in the morning and kept it up. I feared for their
lives so I gave them back to the feed store. I try not to think
where they end up but you know, chicken is made of well, chicken.

This is my girls being disappointed that I have a camera
instead of a treat. This was this winter when they looked
pretty and had all new feathers. I was looking at my hens
this morning and they are starting to look very ragged around
the edges. The youngest ones my new layers looking the worst
they lay eggs every day where as some of the older ones don't
so they look still very pretty.

The one thing I love about Silkies is how sweet they are,
I could sit and hold them all of the time. She knows it too
and just stoops and waits for me to pick her up. I have lost
two chickens this spring. One of my bantams and one of
my older hens. With the bantam she was fine one day and
the next morning she was gone. I never know why that happens.
She didn't act sick.

This is the trouble maker group. Only three of them are
sitting. With no eggs so a couple times a day I go take them
off the next and put them outside. I have been tempted to go
and get some chicks and put them under them at night.
I think though, I like raising my chicks myself it makes for calmer
Now that school is out, I am hoping for more time outside just
watching the hens. My mind seems more tired than usual this year.
I have always felt this way at the end of they year but this year maybe
just a bit more tired.
I was listening to a pod cast today as I walked and she was talking about
how not trusting makes a person not happy. I think I have become that person
I don't trust God and I need to get back to that place again.
I keep trying to do things myself instead of stepping back and letting Him be
God and trusting Him to do what is best as I stay out of the way.

It is funny how sometimes just walking and thinking seems to put life in focus.
My children are God's not mine and I forget that. It is time to let it all go and
open my hands, because they aren't chickens.

Have a wonderful Tuesday. I hope where ever you are the sky is blue.



Alica said...

Your Silkie is beautiful! I never saw one of them before, other than in pictures. Glad your sky is blue, and wish ours was...we've had 3.5" of rain since Sunday night. :( But I know it won't last forever! :)

Debbie said...

silkie....beautiful name for that creature.

we also have gray skies and lot's of rain, everything is getting plenty of water. these are great day's for indoor fun!!!

Kessie said...

That's odd that they would just die that way. I guess it serves them right for being so wild, because they couldn't let you know they were sick.

Just try to get lots of rest and watch chickens and parrots.

TexWisGirl said...

love that last line "because they're not chickens..." :)

myletterstoemily said...

hey sweet chicken lady!

i just love your chicken chronicles and have hardly
had a piece of friend chicken, since i met you. :)

"trust and obey". so simple but so difficult. i pray
that He rewards you sweetly for the little trust you
can muster.


Meg said...

Well, you know Ben's Bible Study answer to everything was "Trust God"... Harder than it seems though! Hope you can get some rest.

Sue said...

LOve the chickens Kim, and the stories you tell about them. I sometimes wonder what they think about us when we have our cameras out there pointing at them. lol
I too have found that walking and thinking does indeed bring things into focus, it certainly clears my mind. I think we all can say that from time to time we don't trust God. I hope you will get some much needed rest,.... I think of you often especially when I am out working and I say a prayer.

Much love,

no spring chicken said...

You're right, they aren't chickens and I thought that was just the sweetest way to put it.

I think that sometimes, when we get into the sit and stare state, we assume that we are in a funk and not hearing God. What if God calls us to the sit and stare state so that we can listen.

Maybe we have it backward and these seemingly moody times are actually a good thing. I don't know, but maybe. Either way, God is obviously doing a work in you and I praise Him for that!

Blessings to you... Debbie

http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

One thing is for sure Kim... I will never look at a chicken the same way again after your blogs.
And the second thing is... those chickens are BLESSED to have you for their 'mom'!!


Silver Strands said...

What a beautiful blog you have! So glad to have found you :)

Janettessage.blogspot.com said...

Oh we did farm animals this week with the youngest and he said he loved chickens....of course his exposure is just when we go to an organized viewing...LOL I love your chickens.

I love your story...and can relate to the "trusting" issue lately also, Trust and Obey...that seems to be what I am hearing a lot lately...this old lady is still in learning mode.

Dawn said...

Every group needs at least one trouble maker;) Or hoe much fun would it be?;)
Thanks for sharing your walk-thoughts. I needed that today!

Dawn said...

(oops...."how", NOT "hoe")

Anonymous said...

remember the coop I built for my Dad = well he got his chickens and thinks they are mostly Roosters -:( I guess he will have to make room in the Frozzzzzzzzzzzzzzer!wink.I understand what you are meaning and feeling about trusting -- let's all work our way back into it..

Vintage Gal said...

Your silkie is beautiful. We have just received 8 plymouth barred rock and 2 rhode island reds. They are in their teenage awkward stage ~ losing their down and growing feathers. But they are still sweet ~ love them!

Julia said...

One thing I learned when I was very sick was to surrender to God because I just couldn't do anything myself and it filled me with peace and freedom.

It is an awesome gift that we can't give ourselves. When I realized that I may not survive as the oncologist had told me I also realized that my children belongs to God first and that he loves them even more than me and that he would look after them for me. He loved them so much more than I could love them even though I would give my life for them.

Your chicken are all beautiful, every one of them, although the Silkie is outstanding. Take care, Hugs, JB

Miss Debbie said...

Love the way you talk about your chickens! Anytime we worry, that is an indication that we aren't trusting God. And that is something we are all guilty of at one time or another. I also think when we are tired, we can be hard on ourselves. From what I have read here, I believe you have and do trust God. You have a wonderful testimony of faithfulness. Don't let the enemy convince you otherwise! (

Jacque. said...

I've said it before...love coming here and reading your words. You have a unique way of expressing yourself and I love it! Take care of yourself.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Your thoughts on trusting God really hit home for me. I am going through such drastic life changes right now...living in limbo with home and job...and of course, trying to solve it all myself. I know this is a lesson to surrender to trusting God...and I am trying. It's almost as if I am struggling so hard and getting so worn out, that I will finally just let go and embrace faith. I feel I'm getting there...I only wish I could go there before the exhaustion!~grin~

Your flock is so sweet. I love how they are all running to you for a treat!
I'll be thinking of you. Take good care!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Oh! One more thing! Congrats on your 100 followers!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Silkies are very beautiful I have never seen them. I love to watch chickens in the yard. They are very entertaining. B