Last year we could not think of anything to give this little boy for his birthday. Since he is the youngest of three boys, we already have most of the boy toys a man would need. We thought, and thought. I like giving presents that are meaningful. Something special. Something that lets them know I was really thinking of them.
Our family went to a party at our church. My boys did not want to go because they had to clean up and change from work clothes into nice clothes. And no little boy wants to change their clothes on a nice summer day. I explained that one of the kids games was going to be a chicken chase (yes, we are hillbillies). The littlest boy immediately went to work on changing into nice clothes. He began looking for the fastest shoes that he had. And off we went to the church party/chicken chase.
It was finally time for the chase to begin. If you caught the chicken you were the lucky owner of the chicken. Little boy was so excited. Until they divided the age groups from 4-8 years old. He was almost 5, which meant he was one of the younger kids. The whistle blew and kids were everywhere. Unfortunately, he didn’t catch a chicken. He was so sad. He cried like a big baby. He told me that he had even prayed that he would catch a chicken. He wasn’t very happy with Heavenly Father for awhile. Hmm, sounds like a teaching moment.
Fortunately for me there was some positive that came about because of the chicken chase. I knew exactly what I wanted to get him for his birthday. It was his favorite birthday present ever!!
These are different chickens than the birthday chickens, but he loves them the same.
He always wants to go to the coop and look at the chickens. Then he forces them to eat, because a chicken won’t lay very many eggs if they aren’t eating very good.
And he chases them around so they get lots of exercise. He thinks if the buff chickens will lay bigger eggs. I’m not sold on the theory.
He also has a theory on what to do if he happen to get to the coop only to find out that he’s going to go home empty handed, there is still hope. Here is how it works.
1. Look for the chicken with the fattest belly and pick her up.
2. Squeeze chicken really hard and egg will pop out.
3. If that doesn’t work thrown the chicken in the air and she will get scared and “poop” and egg out.
4. If all esle fails, set the chicken on the ground and give here a little hug and the chicken will “fart” and egg out. (That’s exactly how he describes it.)
If you are a carefree little farm boy doing your zipper up is completely optional! It’s so fun to watch him sing and talk to his chickens. He takes such good care of them!
An he always prays tat his chickens will squeeze out more eggs than we can eat!!