If you've looked around my website at all you have seen that we began raising Asian Quail some time ago. Why, I have no idea. It began as a babysitting job for some eggs and now we are quail parents. The quail mom & dad if you will. A whole quail family!
We agreed to watch the eggs for a man the husband works with while he was on vacation. Incubating eggs take some watching. You have to monitor and adjust temperature and humidity. But mostly you watch and wait.
Recently, we began the incubation process with a batch of eggs that our original egg babies laid. Our babies were gonna have babies of their own. How far we've come! We're gonna be quail grandparents!
So, we gathered the eggs, placed them in the incubator and we were off! Now this incubator is their whole world for the time they are inside. They don't come out. You only open the lid to add water and the temperature must remain constant! It is key! Well, some time into this process, our house lost power. It was out some 4-5 hours one Sunday morning and that means lost heat. This was awful news for us and our eggs. We just knew we'd lost them. However, always the optimist, Luke said we should give them until the new year. Just to see. My thought was 'Great! Cooked eggs!' <insert eye roll here>
Christmas morning I was sitting at the bathroom counter doing my make-up (because we incubate our eggs in the bathroom. Don't you!?) and lo and behold, I heard chirping! What!? At first I didnt realize what I was hearing, but then it dawned on me. One of the babies had made it! Our very own Christmas miracle. Our Christmas Holly.
She's a beauty, and so tiny. She was the lone survivor. What a champ!
Time has now passed and in bird time Holly is nearing her teenage years. Her big girl feathers are starting to come in. She's got lots of room that she uses to run all over the place and stretch her legs and practice flapping her wings. She does poop in her water which is irritating. But, I love her. I'll be sad when she graduates to the adult coop - when she 'leaves the nest'.
So, why this particular post at this particular time you may ask? I'd like to segway from my little quail baby long shot to the #dontletmeeatcake series I started recently. I want you to be encouraged and to not be afraid to break out of your shell even if it means standing alone. Like Holly, I want you to feel brave enought to come out of your safe place chirping (singing). Be bold! Accept the challenge this lifestyle change presents. Buck up plucky duck (quail)! You can do this! You are worth it. And if you have trouble really, truly believing it, change the way you see yourself.
My little Holly will soon have to face 'leaving the nest' (rubbermaid tub) and moving into the quail condo outside. She will be younger and smaller and will smell different and will be different. Will she be accepted? Who knows. She's meant for more than settling on a baby birdie tub existance. She may face obsticles. There's gonna be a pecking order, but she's gonna get in there and do battle to get what she needs. You can do it too. Fight the fight. Make the change. Join me on the journey.
"Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." Romans 8:37 (NLT)
Lord, give us courage to face the challenges that we will be presented with on this journey.
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.