Beautiful Day!

Awe, man! Today is a reminder that summer is on its way – and one of those days that I wish I didn’t have to work… There’s not a cloud in the sky, no gale force winds to contend with and temperatures are in the high sixties. The chickens have done very well free-ranging in the afternoons though I wish I felt safe enough to let both the dogs and chickens run free together. I try to give each 1/2 a day out in the sunshine.

My “tiny chicken” has found a home. My last hatch had a surprise banty cochin in it – and though I’ve had it in the chick-condo with the babies, it wouldn’t be long before they would be double in size – which put me in a bit of a conundrum because big chickens could easily kill a tiny chicken without even meaning to. So tiny chicken is now “Chance” and lives with a sweet little girl addicted to the love of animals. Chance’s biggest worry now will be Leo – the chocolate lab…

My incubator is on schedule to start hatching tomorrow. I have not been nearly as attentive to this hatch as my previous hatches due to respiratory funk that I’ve just not been able to kick. Respiratory infections can pass from human to egg – hence the worry with Avian flu – so I’ve been careful to stay away. We’ll see if the hatch is successful or not within the next 48-72 hours or so.

Tonight will be my first night back to work after being sick. It’s one of the drawbacks of being a nurse. When sick people always surround you, it’s inevitable that eventually, you will catch something. Now the goal becomes to continue getting better and not get sucked back into the vortex of illness…

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