So it's been kind of a rough few weeks -- I'm home with a colicky newborn , feeling very housebound and sleep deprived and all the usual new mom stress. All the snow isn't helping matters either, for me or my girls, who are also a bit coopbound these days (they do get out to run around our barn but it's not the same as going outside). I woke up a little frustrated and blue today, but seeing the chickens this morning changed everything -- it's like they know when they need to turn on the extra cuteness and dole out the TLC! In addition to their usual antics while I did chores, all of them came up to me to ask for/give snuggles, even those who usually aren't that enthusiastic about being handled. So after about 20 straight minutes of petting and hugging the girls, my spirit was renewed, my energy was back, and I was able to return to colic soothing with a smile. Animals are the best, but chickens especially so: in addition to laying eggs to nourish the body, their sweetness nurtures the soul. Just thought I'd share! Have you hugged your chickies today?