The Great Transformation

Have you ever wondered how the chicken gets that slimy egg into the shell or where the shell actually comes from? Picture a water balloon and think of the water as the gooey egg inside, and the rubber balloon as the egg membrane. Evenly spaced on the outside of the membrane are small hard spots which are columns of calcite (a form of calcium carbonate). They grow and merge together to cover the whole membrane. This is how the shell forms inside the chicken. On the very outside of the shell is a coating called the bloom that helps to keep bacteria from seeping through the porous shell. After laying her egg, the chicken must keep it in a warm, fairly humid environment (close to 99.5 degrees F) or the chick will die. However, this is only the beginning of its marvelous transformation from slimy insides to cute, fluffy chick. Once incubation has started, special embryonic membranes form inside the egg that provide for the nutrition (yolk sac); respiration and excretion of waste (allantois); and protection (amnion membrane). To support the membranes and protect all that is going on inside the egg, the shell is semipermeable allowing gasses and moisture to exchange. If this were not so, the chick would die. The chick matures at an incredible speed. Even before the second day is over, its heart is beating. By the fourth day it has all its organs.

Something designed needs a designer or creator, and the New Testament tells us that the Creator’s name is Jesus Christ—the same Jesus Christ who historically died on a cross for the sins of the world (While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8), and then raised Himself from the dead. Neither is there salvation in any other [Jesus Christ]: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Creation and the Gospel

We are the Machen Family. There are eight of us! We are conservative Christians who desire to glorify God in all we do. We homeschool as well. About ten years ago some of us were battling digestive issues, and God led us to try goat's milk. It has worked for us, and we have been raising  dairy goats ever since. Over the years, we have expanded our family  farm which now includes beef cattle and lots of chickens as well. Currently we have eight cattle, over twenty-five goats, a hundred laying hens, and one hundred and fifty broilers!!! During the Spring, Summer, and Fall we raise broiler chickens in batches by the hundreds. We feed our goats and chickens all-natural, Non-GMO feed from a mill in western Virginia, and our beef cattle are grass-fed. We also bale and pickup our own hay, usually around fifteen hundred square bales a year. We enjoy playing music together, as most of us play a stringed instrument as well as the piano. Our family also enjoys photography, singing, hunting, fishing, swimming, sewing, camping, and reading. Have a blessed day!

 ​​''Raising Quality Dairy 

  Goats since 2004''

  Mathews, VA

"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it..."  Ps. 127:1