Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

A chick, chick here, and a chick, chick there.

Ten chicks, twenty chicks, everywhere a chick, chick

In my living room!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea


With one week’s notice, my husband is now the proud owner of 20 baby chicks!  The day before they came, we drove around town looking for a large container to use as a brooder.  We ended up back at the local feed store and bought 2 cardboard brooder boxes, a heat lamp, chick feed,bedding, 2 chick feeders and 2 chick waterers.  Now we were ready!

Naomi and Madi petting a new baby chick

Naomi and Madi petting a new baby chick

The next day, we headed to the feed store, with our two granddaughters, our daughter, Bekah, and Laurie, to get the chicks.   Laurie took her 5 and home we came with our 20 peeping day old chicks.  One by one, we put them in the brooder box, which is IN MY LIVING ROOM!  (I know, I am a saint!)

day old chicks under the heat lamp in the brooder box

day old chicks under the heat lamp in the brooder box

They are fun to watch, don’t smell bad as long as we keep the litter clean every few days and are eating and growing like crazy.  We were told to use a heat lamp and start their brood box temperature at 90 degrees, then lower it 5 degrees a week. We’ve had to rig the heat lamp to get it at just the right height.  It is now hanging  from a chain, fastened around a 1 x 3, which is clamped to the OPEN DOOR OF MY HUTCH, so it hangs over the brooder box!!  Such a great decorator look!  But it  keeps the chicks warm and happy.  When they want to be warm, they nestle under the lamp.  When too warm, they move to the other end of the brood box.

Daughter Sarah’s boxer, Roxie, is curious but well-behaved around the box of chicks.  She watches and will lick at them if we hold them.  Son, Nathan’s Lab, however, is a bird dog and knows it.  She wants to jump in the box and eat them!!  So, when Bella comes over, we have to barricade the box with dining room chairs!

Laurie has her 5 chicks in a large fruit box in her kitchen.  Her dogs fuss around the box, but haven’t tried to climb in and eat any!

They are fun to watch and listen to their little peeping.  They don’t like to be handled much, but we try to pick up and hold a few each day, so they get used to us.  With twenty, though, it is hard to tell which of the girls we’ve handled and which we haven’t.  The granddaughters tried naming them, but their size and coloring changes every few days, so it is impossible to tell which one is which!  But having them in my living room… not my favorite thing!

Romans 8

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.

20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,

21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)