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21 March 2009

All About Chickens

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


Jeannetta said...

Thanks for giving me something to think about.
We keep chickens, and I'm sure I'll be watching them more closely :)

Ritsumei said...

No problem. You mind watching with your camera/video camera in hand & make some blog posts??

Keeley said...

Absolutely fascinating. And those chicks are ridiculously cute. =)

Emma said...

I thought it was kinda funny that when she actually put her wings out the chicks scatter! :D But I see what you're saying. :)

Ritsumei said...

Those chicks are ridiculously cute. Maybe one of these times I'll try growing some. Probably with a hen, cuz it just strikes me wrong to have babies with no Mama. Plus, then you miss some of the learning opportunity.

I did notice that the one time she scattered the chicks. I wondered what that was all about, since mostly it's said to be a gathering sort of thing.

misskate said...

bwak Bwak BWAK!!



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