A lesson learned from a Bobwhite Quail chick

Bobwhite quail chick (small)I love to hear a Bobwhite  Quail in the evening, but it has been years since I have heard them. So I recently purchased some Bobwhite Quail eggs and put them in our incubator. I’ll say early on that quail are not easy to raise – the hatch rate is low and so is the survival rate.

This batch of quail has been no exception. The hatch rate was barely higher than 50% and I’ve lost close to half of the chicks in their first six days of life. A baby quail is so tiny. Its body, not counting the fluffy feathers, is smaller than the first joint of my thumb. The eggs aren’t much bigger than a marble. I thought I was going to lose one more chick today as I found it lying on its side and kicking. It couldn’t get up and walk. I decided to try something different to help this chick.

Wow! I am amazed at the difference a little bit of time made in this tiny chick’s life. It seemed to me that this little chick needed help in strengthening the right muscles and getting a better grasp for how it feels to walk. So I held the little chick in my hand for a while forcing it to stand on its feet. After about 15 minutes or so, I put it by itself in our older incubator with the straight sides and wooden base and watched to see what might happen. I was amazed to see the chick stand for a little while and take a few steps before it toppled over. I helped it get back on its feet several times and made sure it found the water, as I’m sure it was probably dehydrated from not being able to get around. The chick then leaned against the wooden sides of the incubator to help it stand, and it followed it around from side to side.

The tiny chick peeped constantly. I believe it was lonely for the other chicks, as quail like many of our feathered friends thrive in flocks. I put one other chick with it so it wouldn’t be alone. The first one I put with it pecked at it, so I put that one back and got another one. When I checked back later, I was happy to see both chicks moving around quite well. If the previously lame chick hadn’t been pecked on earlier by the other chicks, I doubt I could tell which chick had been lame.

I can imagine many parallels between my little chick and a child with a disability or with low self esteem. What can we do to help our children get a glimpse of what success feels like?

Encouraging words are so needed by many children. I know because I was one who grew up with very low self-esteem. I remember the rejection of classmates at an early age. I even had a teacher who made me sit in her lap and called me a baby quite often. I was a prime target for that thanks to un-diagnosed A.D.D. Living in a family with two working parents and little parental supervision and intervention meant my siblings and I picked on one another with seldom a thought of building one another up.

43132726_sWe need to be intentional in choosing to reach out to children and youth, even adults sometimes, who have problems in building healthy relationships with others.

Of course, the ultimate goal is to introduce them to Christ, the great healer. But before they will listen to what we want to say about Spiritual matters, they have to know we genuinely care about them. Who needs your encouragement today?

Dogs: A Kid’s Book of Dog Breeds

If a dog is called man’s best friend, then perhaps it follows that a puppy could become a child’s best friend. But not all puppies are alike, and even more so, the dogs they grow up to be. Finding a good match between child and puppy (dog) is worth taking the time to learn everything you can about different temperaments and physical attributes of the dog breeds that interest you. Even if you decide on a mixed breed, it would be well to attempt to analyse the pup’s heritage if possible. Eve Heidi Bine-Stock’s book Dogs: A Kids Book of Dog Breeds is an excellent and fun way parents and children can explore the possibilities.

Dogs - A kid's book of dog breedsDogs: A Kids Book of Dog Breeds

Author: Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
Illustrator: Jean Batzell Fitzgerald
Paperback: 50 pages
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-9831499-3-4
List price: $15.95

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Eve Heidi Bine-Stock’s book Dogs: A Kids Book of Dog Breeds is a delightful read for children and adults alike. Colorful illustrations are adorable and support the text which describes many dog breeds that are the most popular for children. The pages include lots of fun information about each breed – like famous dogs such as Snoopy, a Beagle; and Lassie, a Collie; and Lady from the movie Lady and the Tramp who was a Cocker Spaniel. The book tells where each of the breeds came from and describes ways they help people today. It includes much information that would be helpful on deciding which breed might be better for older children and which are OK for the very young.

I was once an elementary school librarian. If I were still over a school library, this book would certainly be on my library shelves where I know it would get checked out often. I can also see it as a coffee table book for a dog-loving family with children.


A strong defense of Christian faith through Grace – for teens and reluctant readers

The Case for Grace (Student Edition) by Lee StrobelThe Case for Grace: Student Edition: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives 
Author: Lee Strobel
Board Book: 132 pages
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-310-73657-8
List price: $9.99Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

In The Case for Grace, author Lee Strobel bares his own soul as he shares his personal struggle with accepting the Christian faith, and more specifically understanding how grace is freely given to ALL who come to God in a spirit of repentance. Several different personalities are represented including backgrounds of extreme neglect, bitter rebellion, do-gooders oblivious to how they are missing the faith, and even from the most despicably sinful backgrounds imaginable, yet they all found grace and new life in Christ. This book is powerful, written for teens and addresses the kinds of concerns that are real to them.

But don’t let the fact that it was written for teens prevent sharing it with adults as well. I felt it stirring my heart – and I’m a senior citizen who struggles to read long books. As I read this book, I considered adults I would like to send it to – adults who might not be willing to read any Christian book I gave them. The simplicity of this book makes me think maybe they would read it through.

I received a free copy of this book through the BookLook review program by Zondervan. I was in no way required to give a positive review.

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