ChickS!

This week we got some new chicks. I have found that this is a good homeschooling project that is fairly inexpensive and full of life lessons. They are cute yellow and black balls of fluff. Currently I have one in my pocket as it was a little challenged. Chicks have a tendency to pile on top of each other is a small space. I found this one in the small feeding area. It survived the night with us giving it drops of water we added B-Complex drops.

This is the way it’s been done in my family since I was a little girl. My father raised fancy chickens to show at the local fairs. We always got an order of fancy chicks  and ducks to raise for many years. It about broke my heart when we moved from the farm to the city in the middle of my fourth grade year.  

Today is “moving day” for the chicks.  Their first box was a little box that brought them home from the store. My son used one the Klesick’s boxes of good layered with newspaper to house them for the past three days. He put a night light in with their water and feed and placed them in our living area near a heater.  

Small, medium and large box to be covered with old fashioned news paper. The Newspaper will be used in my garden as a weed blocker and a bit of natural fertilizer.

My father had a small incubator that we used to hatch eggs. Somehow it survived many many moves in our family and I used it with my children for awhile until it finally would work not longer. ITs impressive what a 25 Watt incandescent light bulb is capable of to keep the temperature so the the eggs can hatch. I 

It is a good life skill for children to learn about how to care for the eggs during their incubation period.   I put an “x” on one side we can keep track of which side needs to be turned.  The eggs need to be turned several times a day.  There is also a measure for the humidity inside the incubator. If the eggs don’t get turned over frequently enough and if it isn’t moist enough, the chick won’t be able to get out of the egg. It is really important that the chicks get out of the egg on their own.  They will die if they don’t have to do the work themselves. It can take several hours for the them to hatch.  It makes for an interesting day!

This is a great Life Science project as everyone learns about how to care for the chicks. When they grow up you have a food source. Depending on how long the quarantine goes, this is a good activity for families to enjoy together. Chickens also do a good job eating bugs in the yard.

The thing is to enjoy the day and look for new things to learn and do together. We are all going to get through this. God still loves us and cares for us.  I like the picture of God hiding us under His wings.  There are several verses in which this metaphor is used. 

Psalm 91:4 “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”

Deuteronomy 32:11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young. He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His pinions.”

New home for a few days at least! Newspaper should be changed every day or every other day. Wood shavings also work. Keep it simple sweetheart.

Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of your eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”

Psalm 36:7. “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”

I know that I need the shelter of God’s wings!   How do you see God sheltering you in this season?  

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