I hope you guys think this was funny. It's funny as heck to me now! (Not so funny this morning when it happened.) In the front of my mouth, my four front upper teeth are crowns I had done 4 years ago that cost me an arm and a leg, but they've been serving me well. Three years ago, though, I had gastric bypass surgery and have lost more than half of my body weight since then, and my teeth are now too big for my face. When I speak and eat, it causes stress on what I call "my giant horseteeth". At this time, however, my husband and I are completely without medical or dental insurance, so I've just been laughing it off and dealing with it. Well, all this stress on the crowns and the weight loss has caused the gum around the tooth matrix to shrink and change shape, and the posts that hold the crown in the place are no longer attached to the inner teeth. Over the last few days, two of my front teeth (crowns, but let's face it, it's the whole bloody very' tooth) has come out a few times. I have some temporary dental repair stuff that I've been using, but it's getting harder and harder to get it back in, and the more active I am, the looser it gets. Now, on to the part about what this has to do with my brahma... We have a new BCM that has not yet been integrated into the flock because she's young and she's new, but today I wanted to let her out for a little bit by herself to get some scratch, so I went out and stood between her and the other girls because the 2 at the bottom of the pecking order have been kinda chasing her and pecking at her and stuff when I let her out. Sure enough, little miss Brenda (the light brahma) went straight after her. So, I reached for Henrietta (the BCM) and scooped her up in my arms to protect her from the brahma, and when I bent over and reached for the BCM pullet.... POP! Out fell my tooth. Darnit. So I reach down for the tooth, holding this scared little BCM pullet in my left arm and trying to calm her, and out of nowhere comes little miss brahma from behind me, gets between my feet, snatches up in her beak "whatever yummy treat that was that dropped" (my tooth!!), and runs in the opposite direction! Well, I put down the BCM and chase after the brahma, and just as I grab her, she squawks and drops the tooth. I chase her off, get my tooth, take it in the house, and boil it. So now I'm missing a front tooth until I can see the dentist to have it put back in. Lovely.