A week ago I wrote on this blog that through the gifts of some brothers in Christ, the present food crisis for the orphans of the Log Church in Kenya had been averted. Not only that, God has blessed to the point where the 24 orphans were able to be enrolled in the primary and secondary schools. This ability for the children to attend school has been an answer to the prayers of many months and even years.
We are glad for the answers for these present needs, but of course to have lasting change for the orphans, there needs to be an ongoing and more permanent improvements made in the lives of all of these people. One matter that is important is new sleeping quarters for the girls. We have a start on purchasing building materials for this, but I will write about that another time. Tonight I have something else in mind.
I have been corresponding with Pastor Joel about the possibilities in raising more food on their small property, and we have been going through some ideas together. The plot that the church has is very small—only one half of an acre. It is actually the pastor’s own tiny farm. The mouths that need to be fed from this land are thirty or more.
My suggestion to Pastor Joel was that since the acreage is small, perhaps they might think about raising chickens on a larger scale. This would provide eggs to sell to help in the payment of their schooling in the future, and also for food. I like the idea since it is also something that the orphans can be involved with, as far caring for the chickens and raising their own food.
It seems that this may be a good project, but there is much yet to determine. They already do raise chickens on a small scale on the church property, so they are accustomed to some of the good and the bad of having chickens.
Some people that I know think there is no down side to having chickens—just all good things. But I have other opinions. One of these Vivian and I are experiencing here on our own farm with our ten chickens.
One of our chickens (we do not know which one) has decided that we people have a good idea about eating eggs for breakfast. She apparently also decided to also try a breakfast egg. She seems to have really taken to it. This morning, when I went to collect the eggs, one of the eggs was lying on its side like an open bowl, and the inside of the egg was neatly cleaned out.
I like my egg fried medium-over, but this hen must like hers sunny-side (and all other sides) up.
For Vivian and I, this is an annoyance. But if the people of the Log Church of Kenya are going to raise chickens to sell the eggs, this can be costly. I know that you can buy egg laying nests where the eggs roll out so that the chickens cannot peck at them, but these are expensive and I am not even sure if they would be available there.
So I am asking you—if anyone knows of a good plan on constructing nests like this, I would really like to hear your ideas. It needs to be something that can be constructed out of boards, or even (preferably) from sticks.
If you see a good plan online, you can paste the URL link in the comments below. Thanks!
Also, if you have questions concerning any aspect of this work that has unexpectedly and suddenly come to me at this late season of my life, please ask. Ideas and suggestions?—these are also welcome.
|This is the chicken coop that they have now.|
It was empty when I was there.
The chickens were running around the grounds.