When you think of fluffy, yellow chicks, you usually think of them in a pile of straw in an old barn. But things are not always the way you think they would be. On the Anderson Family Farm, our chubby yellow and brown chicks bask under a red heat lamp in an antique galvanized wash tub, in our yellow kitchen.
The chicks enjoy being in the kitchen. There is a constant buzz of activity in this room of the house. People laughing, baking, cooking, eating, and fondling new chicks. We all love having the chicks in the kitchen, but there is one person who especially loves the chicks inside our farmhouse and that is Millie Joy, in her bare feet and linen dress.
The chicks are her constant companions. Chirping in high pitched squeaks, they hop around her feet on the dark wooden floor. Millie will sit by the galvanized tub watching the chicks as they stretch their delicate feet and spread their growing wings. She laughs as they tumble beak first into the sawdust. This is the chick’s favorite way to slip into a little nap time.
Millie sometimes wishes the chicks would stay small and chubby, covered in down feathers. But as with all things the Lord has created, the chicks will grow up. Someday, not too long from now, the chicks will be covered in glossy feathers, laying brown and green eggs for Millie Joy to gather.