Your Chickens are Out!
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been told by several people that my “chickens are out.” The messages are coming from concerned people after they’ve driven by my ranch and have seen my white meat birds exploring new areas close to the highway.
Of course, I’ve explained to these people that my chickens free-range and are not locked up in a pen, so they have not escaped. I’ve described the nature of chickens to expand their territory as they age, which is why they have not been previously seen foraging beyond the pasture fences. Chickens go wherever the fun and bugs happen to be. In these final weeks of their lives, this area happens to be adjacent to the road.
This situation seems to be a metaphor for life: don’t venture out into the unknown, for you may be harmed! How many people stay in the known, avoid taking risks to grow in life, and smother their happiness in the process? How many people see others being free and expressing who they are, and try to discourage them from doing so? How many people choose to live in this place of fear, when they have the option to live from love?
Many poultry owners avoid free-ranging their birds because of the fear of losing control of their flock. There is more risk to lose chickens when they are given freedom to roam. In my case, my chickens could wander out onto the highway and get struck by a vehicle. But that doesn’t concern me. It’s not that I don’t think it could happen. I realize it’s a definite possibility. Anything is possible. However, my internal guidance tells me that the best thing for my flock is to free-range. My inner wisdom tells me that my chickens will not venture out onto the highway, because there is nothing on the highway that interests them. If a chicken does happen to lose it’s life to the road, I know that it’s in the highest good of all. Because the object of life, and raising animals, isn’t to avoid death. It’s to align with Nature and surrender it all over to the One Source that created everything: Mother Nature. After all, my chickens aren’t really my chickens. They belong to Mother Nature. Everything does. If Mother Nature wants one of Her chickens to die, it’s going to die. By aligning with Nature, and surrendering all over to Nature, I am provided with an internal knowing that if I give my chickens the space to be themselves, they will live in harmony. All is well.
Following internal guidance requires willingness to be open to all the possibilities, including losing a chicken to traffic. My internal prayer to Mother Nature, in regards to this topic, is asking that She alert me if my chickens are in danger and I need to take action. As of now, I know that they are exactly where they need to be. Tomorrow, it could change. I never know until the guidance shifts.
Life is about balance. If I lose a chicken, it’s with purpose. Even if I never learn the purpose, the death of that one chicken had to happen. My job isn’t to grasp tightly onto everything I own. True internal bliss and harmony occurs when I let go of it all. By letting go, I’m letting Nature work Her magic.