I have always lived in town. No chickens. So I'm curious about what the Lord's talking about when He says:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! -Matt 23:37
This imagry is not obvious to me. So I'm looking at chickens.
After a while, I begin to wonder: How come all the babies have no hens to watch over them? Or, if there are a bunch of hens, nobody seems to be have any chicks.
Is it just the videos that I'm running across?
Here's one where you actually see a hen & chicks interacting:
Bit of Chicken lore:
Jewish tradition in the Talmud alternatively refers to learning "courtesy from the cock" (eruvin 100b). This reference may be attributed to the behavior of a cock when he finds something good to eat: he calls his flock to eat first. This call is distinct from regular clucking or crowing. While giving this call, he will repeatedly pick up a morsel of food and drop it again to attract the attention of the hens. A mother hen uses a similar call and action to teach her chicks to feed. -Wikipedia