You may be one of those people who craves the new and unknown. You're seriously awesome.

But me, not so much. I like adventure... as long as I have some say in it. I've always wanted to go on a road trip without an itinerary. But the hidden truth is that I'd want to be the driver. {blush}

I'm not too different from a chicken.

A few weeks ago, we moved our Cornish-Rock chicks, now teenagers, from the brooder porch to a fenced pasture.

Farmer Boy got the big blue wheelbarrow, and one by one, lifted sixty chickens out of the brooder.

I am considering changing his nickname to The Chicken Whisperer. A few nights ago I heard some murmuring outside and looked out the window to see a small light in the layers' pen.  I listened closely and heard him muttering encouraging words, "Your numbers are really up, great job!" "Well, I'm going in now, sleep tight!"

So, naturally he talked the big fat white chicks through their drama.

"I know, but trust me, you're going to love it."

Squawk! Panic! Mad flap of wings!

"Really, we're heading toward chicken paradise!"

Cluck! Scramble! More panic!

"Just relax, we'll be there soon."

And they loved it. I don't remember a flock of Cornish-Rocks that has taken better and faster to the brooder-to-pasture transition. Within an hour, dust baths were being had all around.

An unusually hardy and healthy flock (this breed is known for its propensity for sudden death), when I opened the gate to feed them every morning they would run en masse toward me, making it quite dangerous (for themselves mostly) as I tried to walk forward. The sound of 120 fat and happy chicken feet pounding my way was surprisingly reminiscent of the thunder of horses' hooves!

Am I a chicken? Sometimes.

But I seem to have a Patti Whisperer. Try as I might to stay in my cage, I keep hearing...

"I know, but trust me, you're going to love it."

But Lord, it seems so scary!

"Really, we're heading toward paradise!"

But so many changes... how can I be sure that there is goodness ahead?

"Just relax, we'll be there soon."

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   ~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~


  1. Wonderful post, Patti! I have to say your one of the bravest people I know; you've set out on some pretty amazing journeys (homeschooling, homesteading, writing, and more!)

  2. Patti these are such gorgious pictures thank you for sharing. Love this post tonight. I have now looked at two blogs filled with such beauty. This Scripture verse is one of my favorites. Blessings.

  3. Those are beautiful photos of your cornish rocks. They don't seem to be too affected by the ugly teenager stage most birds go through. They sound like happy birds. And your son sounds like a perfect farmer boy.


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