Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Little chickies,

All fast asleep

In a clump of clover.

Came out for the day

Can’t get back in

Now that the day is over!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


Our little chicks are in their new coop as of a week ago.   We kept them inside for a few days, as it was too cold outside for them.  They were 4 weeks old when we put them out, and still needed to have temperatures of 75 degrees or so.  For the past 3 days, we’ve been able to let them outside, since we finally finished the fence run and the weather warmed up.   They haven’t figured out how to get back in the coop – don’t understand the ramp up to the door.

We can get down, but we can't get back up!

We can get down, but we can’t get back up!


Hiding under the coop!

So-o-o,  after chasing them around their yard, while they ducked under the coop (it is raised off the ground about a foot) and finally giving up, we learned something.  When we went out later, after dark,  they had all eventually fallen asleep nestled in the tall weeds.  We found that when we started picking them up to put them in the coop, they are about comatose while sleeping!  MUCH easier to handle this way.  You can grab 3-4 at a time!  So now, each night after dark, we have to go out to the chicken yard and put our girls to bed.  It feels like the days when our kids would fall asleep on the living room floor in front of the TV and had to be carried up to bed!poppiefield

The chicks look like Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, asleep in the field of magical  poppies!  They are all cuddled up together in several piles in the tall grass and weeds.  We left a step-ladder in their yard, since we are still working on the coop trim, and now some are roosting on the ladder steps!  We load up 3 or 4 into our arms and carry them over to their door.  Their ramp continues to be a puzzle to them.  They can’t quite get up the slats yet, and just use it to jump off of and practice with their wings.

So even though we’ve set up feeders and waterers and heat lamps that are automatic and don’t have to be dealt with each day, we still have to go out after dark to put our little girlies to bed each night!  Once they figure out how to get in and out by themselves, we plan to hook up an automatic coop door opener motor and timer!

Psalm 4

6 Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.

7 You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.

8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.