He found a cardboard box and loaded it up with some hay for a nest, the eggs, the little chicks and their mother. He relocated them in the calf shed up the hill from the heifer shed. Red, the little hen, was content with her new surroundings.
The five chicks are still alive. The others never did hatch. So Red happily scratches out food for her five 5 peeping chicks. She keeps her brood warm in the chilly days and nights.
If a stray cat should venture too close for comfort, she squawks, takes torpedo position and runs straight at them. The cats get out of the way!!
The chicks are living the life of Riley. They have her fluff to warm them, she guides them to the grain and water they need. They even drink milk out of the cat’s dish! They have everything that a little chick could want.
Farmer does not have to warm them with brooder lights nor does he have to fence out the critters that might harm the peepers. Their mother watches over them.
The little critters are starting to lose their baby fluff and to develop true feathers on their wings and tails. How fun it is to witness the development of one of God’s creatures as they move into adulthood.
That ends the story-telling for today. Just remember that tragic events, as in the life of Red, the little hen, can lead to new, dynamic, changes in life that bring new joys and responsibilities.