EurekaChic ~ Sorry to hear that you had a bad first day of school on Monday! It definitely would have been worse if you had come home to a large shipment of chicks that you weren't prepared for. I was just teasing-- it seems so bizarre to receive a box of chicks in the mail-- or anything live. I'm glad that our thread could provide a "Calgon-- Take me away!" moment for you.
Journey to Zen
I found my Zen after DD Lauren brought home chicks 2.5 years ago, and I began spending time outdoors with them. I always loved being outside as a child, and as I grew up, but after having kids of my own, I often spent spare time taking care of indoor needs. Chickens reconnected me with nature. I'm outside with them probably 360 days of the year--- just missing a few. Even if the weather is bad, I will at least go out for an hour or two. It's an addiction; I have to have my "outdoor chicken fix." The minute I step outside to spend time with them, I feel happy and relaxed. On the plus side, my health has improved according to my vital signs, labs, etc. On the minus side, my osteoarthritis has worsened. I like to do yard work with my flock for hours (six hours today--I'm used to all kinds of weather), but I should take it easier. You'd think I'd be a tiny little thing with all the exercise I do, but I guess I just work up an appetite!
I've taken many Theravada Buddhism meditation classes over the years, but have found that chickens to be more effective in facilitating my Zen.
I probably need to go to Chicken Rehab to reduce my dependency. What is it about chickens that makes people crazy?
M2H do u remember the buff crested polish I got at the Chickenfest? Bless his heart Racin didn't know she had bumble foot...on both feet!. Poor girl. At any rate the reason I was mentioning this is to tell you that the Prep H method of treatment healed both of her feet up beautifully! During treatments she didn't even flinch, not even when I (sorry for this those of you who are squeemish) squeezed the kernel of infection out of one of them. (It was way too large to just ooze out like the first one did). She still as a very small "scab" on top of her left foot but its from the buff ORP chick pecking it the day I left the bandage off. No more bandages and no limping or favoring it at all.