Diary of a Mother Hen – Day 2


Sunday, April 20th

I woke up in the middle of the night worried that it might be too cold in the house for Harumi and Kotori. Though I had made a nest of soft blankets for them, I still felt concerned enough to get up to turn up the heat.

When I got back to bed, I experienced what I call “brain spin” as my mind raced from thought to thought.

I thought about how very sad it is that there are so many farmed animals without mothers, and though I am doing my best, I am a poor excuse for a mother hen. Harumi and Kotori are doing just fine, but arriving in a cardboard box to someone’s door is no way to start a life.

It is hard to even imagine the life their mothers have been forced to lead all for the hubris of humans.

I started my yogic breathing to slow my mind down, and drifted off to sleep again. I know full well that I will wake another night with horrid thoughts of what so many do to other beings they consider lesser than themselves.

– Linda Nelson


Diary of a Mother Hen – Day 1


Saturday, April 19th

Harumi and Kotori, the rescued chicks of Triangle Chance for All, are cozily settled in our bathroom. I’ve been sitting in there with them for the past hour reading about chickens and their care. The girls busily ate, drank, and swallowed some grit while I read. I put my book down when Harumi made a lovely, little trill. I did my very best to mimic what I had heard. She responded to my trill with one of her own. I trilled, and she trilled back while tilting her little head and looking up at me. We did this back and forth several more times! I’m loving this experience, and I believe they are, too!

– Linda Nelson