Kathleen Helms

Life Lessons From a Chicken

lessons from a chicken

When my husband brought this chicken home my first thought was “Why?”

She has a curved beak that needs to be trimmed weekly. It makes it difficult for her to eat like a normal chicken. Pecking things hurts. l’ve since reconsidered my reluctance about taking in a “special needs” hen 🐔.

We named her Charlene and she is such a sweet bird. We have filled metal trash cans with seed so that she can hop into them and peck without pain.

It is such a sweet sight to see her tail feathers sticking out of the can while she fills up on seed and chicken feed.  This little bird never gives up.


She’s a testament to perseverance.

I’m trying to follow her example. Life throws us curve balls ⚾️ on a regular basis. It is so easy to let yourself get knocked down, to give up. We all go through hard days, weeks, months, or even years.

When I’m feeling lost and defeated I find myself taking a short walk to the chicken coop. 

The sight of Charlene, happy despite her challenges, always lifts my spirits and reminds me that things aren’t so bad. It’s all about perspective.


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