It is hard to believe that is has almost been a year since we moved the new chickens into the chicken coop. An entire year since my husband and I transferred the new girls from the old block milk house to their new quarters.
I remember that for a while there was a bit of dissension in the chicken coop. Nothing major…just a bit of fussing and fluffing of feathers going on.
I remember it was fairly easy to capture them as they were used to me touching them and talking to them. We put them in a wooden chicken crate and transported them across the yard to the coop.
Once there, they did not seem to appreciate their much larger, more airy surroundings. Instead of gratitude they milled around, making questioning noises and generally looking a bit stressed and anxious.
The “old girls” were even less impressed with the change than the new girls were! They promptly exited nesting boxes and left the building.
The two groups were pretty leery of each other for a time. They tended to stick with the group they knew. I knew that down the road that would change and they would acclimate to life together.
For a long time they roosted as far away from each as they could get and still be on the roost. They would not eat together but huddled in their own groups and looked a bit miffed at the entire situation.
I had no doubt that in a short time they would come together as a group. I had no doubt that it would not take long and it would be hard to tell who was “old” and who was “new”.
In looking back I wonder if we, as people, are a lot like my girls? When put in a new situation do we fuss, do we question and are we generally anxious and stressed? (I know I am!) I wonder if we tend to keep separate from things and people that we do not know.
I have a feeling that for most of us, if not pushed, we do not make an effort to get to know the new around us. I also know that if we don’t make that effort, we miss out on so much.
We miss out on amazing people who bless our lives. We miss out on experiences that enrich us and make for great memories. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and get to know the others in the coop!
Today you get three quotes because I just could not choose which one I liked the best.
“Walk with me for a while,
—you in my shoes, I in yours
—and then let us talk.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich,
“And that might just be the root of the problem:
we’re all afraid of each other.”
― Leslye Walton,
so far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all.