The Prayer of a Poultry Farmer


Farm birds

Father I give thanks

For the unseen eyes watching over my birds;

For the gentle voice constantly nudging me

To do the right things consistently;

For the guardian angels

Who have made my birds their business.


Father I thank you

For the day a lamp holder caught fire,

And I appeared just in time;

For the day a burning stove fell on the litter,

And you called my attendant from all the way

Just at the nick of time.


Father I give thanks

For the days of egg glut.

Eggs – potential money- mounted daily,

And then you brought a complete stranger

To clear all the eggs and pay in full

-Despite my lack of selling skills.


Father I thank you

For the day salmonellosis looked like coccidiosis.

I treated and went to sleep;

But Your compassionate heart kept nudging me-

Those birds deserve better;

Look at the symptoms again.


Father I give thanks

For the times my attendants couldn't reach me;

And there was trouble – the birds were in grave danger.

The unfailing Counselor told them

Exactly what to do;

And it was better than what I could have done.


Father I thank you

For the days my attendants (and of course the birds)

Looked upon me as the professional expert;

But truly, I was just as confused as they were.

That gentle voice told me – Be quiet, just listen to me!

He made a genius before them.


Father I give thanks

For the nights I had serious malaria,

And the birds had severe coccidiosis.

So, who should be treated first?

You gave me strength beyond my ability.

I treated the birds and treated myself.


Father I thank you

For those delicate brooding times;

Days I suddenly discover in the dead of the night

That there was no more kerosene for heat;

And the generator added pepper to injury – It suddenly stopped working.

I had myself to blame, but You showed me a way.


Father I give thanks

For the first day I experienced drinking pipe blockage;

For teaching me veterinary plumbing;

For making me a veterinary carpenter;

For guiding me through veterinary electrical works.

Not willingly (but out of necessity), I learned at Your feet.


Father I thank you

For days I hadn't any clue;

For nights my big bright ideas turned out very wrong;

For times I had no human to call upon;

For moments my heart pounded so fast.

I couldn't even pray; I could only whisper – God, I need help!


Today, I remember my sins.

Many times I have forgotten to return

To say “Thank you”.

But for yesterday, now and always:


Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun
Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun
Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun is the co-founder of Afrimash - An Online Shopping Site for Agricultural Items. His daily work encompasses customer service, sales and marketing, human capital management, and business operations management. He is passionate about working smarter using the Internet technology.

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