Our chicken coop would, in his eyes, be transformed from a place filled with wonder and fresh eggs to an off-limits area with danger lurking right behind the door. The welcome sign hanging outside the coop would be forever changed from a symbol of our hospitality to a cruel reminder of my son’s inability to spend time there. I would have to find another way to boost the flock’s calcium levels.
It was a moment fraught with peril as I watched it drop and waited for it to crack open and lay there, mocking my clumsiness. Instead, it fell to the coop floor and sat motionless as I reached to pick it up. I turned it carefully in my hand, inspecting it for cracks only to find that it was unharmed. The shell had done the job that nature had intended. It had protected the fragile egg within. It had enabled me to bring another treasured fresh egg into our farmhouse kitchen. It really was the difference I had hoped for.
I can’t wait to see how our flock fares in the second half of the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge. I expect to see continued good health accompanied by well-formed, strong eggshells. I’ll feel victorious that we managed to give our flock the supplementation they needed without having to make the coop off-limits to my son.
As I do my farm chores over the next 30 days, I will hear my son’s 5-year-old voice during his morning visits to the coop. I’ll picture our seven hens gathered at his boot-covered feet. I will smile, knowing that they are enjoying his company, looking up at him inquisitively as they listen to the sound of his voice. Hedwig will predictably wait in line with the other hens for her loving pat on the head.
As my son exits the coop, I’ll know that he is enjoying being part of the wonder that is chicken keeping. The knowledge that farming is still a family affair here at 1840 Farm will be just what I need to nurture my own sense of wonder. Welcome to the chicken coop at 1840 Farm, where wonder is alive and well.