Ha, I really don't know how I keep track of them, but I do, somehow! I totally count the chickens in the evening before closing the coop, and that's getting harder and harder! As for broodies and nest boxes, I've basically been filling up some plastic boxes with bedding and using those as nest boxes - they are very portable, much quicker, and they seem to prefer them, so who am I to argue! Your Cielo, Anna, Elsa and the rest are absolutely gorgeous and all grown up! Frankie looks like a girl to me too. Let's hope we're right! Yay on integration finally beginning to work out, and gorgeous pictures of everyone - especially the ones with mom and baby on the big roost! (Some of my pics coming up below) Also, just wanted to say thanks for the advice to break my broody Bonnie a few weeks back. I was totally going to follow that if she actually did go full-on broody at that time, since I do know that she will go broody again, I just needed to hear it from someone else. But anyway, she outsmarted me and waited until the timing wasn't so bad, so now she is sitting on 6 homegrown eggs... First of all, congratulations on Jenny, Teila! That is one beautiful car! I giggled all throughout your Blondie the Broodzilla story! That pose looks exactly like Bonnie - I've seen it a billion times now and still think it's hilarious. I am guessing it's going to take a few days to break that one... good luck! I can so relate to that. I definitely went overboard with the hatches this year, but we are selling off quite a few... would like to get the number to under 20, at least - 6 is definitely going to be impossible! Ricotta gelato??? I live in Italy and I never had that! I'm going to start asking around now, have to try! Sorry to hear about Desi... I hope you do find that magical farm that wants them... if you do, can I have the address? Maybe they want all my extra roos as well! Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to see the rest of them! It sounds like we are in a very similar line of work! Except I'd have to say InDesign is my main tool, but Illustrator and Photoshop are close behind. Hmm, I am so used to Photoshop I get annoyed with anything else... there was a more basic version at some point, Photoshop Elements, not sure if that's still around. Then there's gimp, which is open source, people swear it can do all the same things. I have no idea as I never tried it, but since it's free, it might be a good starting point? Wait a minute, did someone figure out to tell whether an egg is a girl and forget to tell me???? Just kidding... Teila, it must be very close to the so-called lockdown now, right? (though we know hens never got that memo) Can't wait for the updates as well! They are GORGEOUS!!!! Okay, here's my quickie photo update. Remember those sweet little Cochins and Orps? They're all grown up now! (and a lot of them are boys, of course! though two boys and two girls went to a friend a few weeks ago.) Here are those bantam brahma x silkie crosses. They seem to be sex linked - the darker feathered ones (black and reddish brown) seem to be boys, and the more camouflaged looking are girls, though I'm not 100% certain yet. Of course this info is completely useless as they looked the same as chicks, and the color differences are only now beginning to show, combs are more obvious than that by now... anyway, I think they're quite cute. Millefleur bantams, who were recently abandoned by Pallina. They're about the same size as my new little family (Shakira and co), even though they're 5 weeks older and have more feathers - so I have been sticking them under Ombretta at night who does not seem to mind at all. Looove their coloring! The boy is quite obvious here... the rest of them have pretty much no comb yet, there's only one other with a bit of pink, but nothing like this one on the left. Mingling with the co-parents, Shakira and co. A close up of Shakira. And one with daddy. I think he can tell it's his daughter, although she is not entirely convinced. Group shot of the co-parent family (from a few days ago, they're a bit bigger now). The two in front here look like boys to me... I'll try to check in sooner next time so I don't have to write a novel! Sorry for taking up the entire page.