Keets Moved to New Home

Adventurous Keet Flies the Coop!

We recently moved our keets to their new home (biddy cage).

The keets seem to enjoy the fresh air and the ability to see beyond their protected space.

(Keets are baby guineas in case you didn’t know.)

Keets are happy in their new living quarters.
Keets are happy in their new living quarters.

Keet Saved from Disaster

One of the keets is especially adventurous.  In fact, before we expected to move the keets to a larger space, this keet ‘flew the coop.’  Thankfully, I heard her (or his) activity before she got entangled in anything harmful.

Now in the biddy cage, this keet has already decided to roost on a low branch placed strategically inside the cage.  She (or possibly he) is obviously a leader.

Keets love the view from the biddy cage.
Keets love the view from inside the biddy cage.

Being a leader can have its advantages and its disadvantages.

Inside the safety of the storage container (see previous post), the keets were kept warm under the heat of a light bulb.  They had plenty of fresh water and food given to them daily.  The container was kept clean (keets are messy).

Yet, this keet decided to try its wings and fly over the top and onto the floor in one of our bedrooms.  If I had not heard its wings fluttering against a vent, this bird may have died from lack of food and water.

Because of this keet’s activities, the keets were moved outdoors.  Within the protection of the biddy cage, this keet is now free to try her wings and encourage others to do the same.

Although we have not seen any of the other keets resting on the branch, I am sure that encouragement from this keet will have them following suit shortly.

Protective Boundaries

To follow the adventurous keet as it flew out of the protective storage container could have been disastrous for the other keets.  However, within the protection of the biddy cage, it is advantageous for the keets to follow in resting on the roost.

Follow the Leader?

Just like the keets, children are young and inexperienced in the ways of the world.  They do not understand that danger lurks outside the protective boundaries set by their parents and other caring adults.

Children repeat the words they hear, imitate the actions they see, and model their lives after those that are honored as leaders or heroes. 

Children repeat the words they hear, imitate the actions they see, and model their lives after those that are honored as leaders or heroes.  Sadly, many times children follow the unwise and corrupt.  Habits are formed which lead to destruction.

Children will follow the leader.  However, it is important that the leader be knowledgeable and upright and praiseworthy.  What is cultivated in the child is what has been honored before their eyes.

An Example Worthy of Imitation

As we lead our children are we cultivating that which is praiseworthy?  Are we cultivating what is honorable?  Are we giving our children an example to imitate that follows truth and godliness?

Can we say as Paul did, “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Philippians 3:17)?

Children are great imitators.  May they ‘mark’ those who walk wisely and follow their example.

©2018 by Peggy Clark

Keets Bring New Life to the Farm

 

Keets are happy in their new living quarters.
Keets are happy in their new living quarters.

New Life on the Farm

Seeing new life around the farm is a blessing.  Blossoming faces lift themselves toward life-sustaining sunshine.  Butterflies flit once again.  And the sounds of animal babies mooing or peeping or meowing let us know that life continues even after winter’s long and harsh visit.

Keets Are Here!

Keets have arrived.  That’s baby guineas for newbies to farm life.  They are a skittish bunch.  I’m afraid we may have more males than we desire, but as long as they get along we will be okay.

Keets are finding out where the feed is located.
Keets are finding out where the feed is located.  We removed the shavings after this photo.

Living quarters are a large plastic storage container with paper towels for flooring.  We’ve discovered that keets like to scratch for their feed so the feeder has been removed.  We also took out the shavings and replaced them with paper towels to accommodate their feeding habits.

The keets are a happy bunch.  They huddle together, sing together, eat together, and sleep together in a corner of the bin. Life holds many exciting adventures for them.  We pray that they will continue happily when we place them in a larger pen, and finally, to the yard.

Fresh Perspective

New life is always welcome.  It refreshes and cleanses away the dreary days of winter.  The hope of new life gives us something to look forward to each day.

Anticipation is the promise of what can be if we will only look for it.

Anticipation of new life

Anticipation is the promise of what can be if we will only look for it.  Sometimes it makes us impatient wondering where new life can be found.

But new life is not far from any of us.  In fact, it’s closer than we may imagine.

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”  John 4:10

Keets have their own personalities.

Gift of New Life

Every living creature needs water to survive.  The keets must have fresh water each day and I must give it to them.  They cannot give it to themselves.

Life is the same.  We cannot give ourselves life.  It must come from someone else.  Our parents birthed us into this world.  They gave us what we needed to survive.

New life is the same.  We cannot give it to ourselves.  It must come from someone else.  That someone else is Jesus Christ.  Only He has the power to give it to us.

New life is eternal.  It is spiritual.  It lasts beyond this world.

“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:13-14

Jesus the Messiah offers the water of life to all who will come to Him.  His gift of new life sustains through all eternity.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3