I packed away the incubator today, the rescued duck eggs hatched, the rescued quail hatched, the rest of Duchess's huge nest hatched and I need a break. Where am I? I'm at the point I have to tell myself it's time to stop, it's time to cut back, it's time to put into motion a plan to make a big change in my life and it's time to start. I have too many birds, I know this, I love ever single one of them, even PoppadoodleStupid,,, but I know I can't keep them all, I just can't afford to do it. I don't have that far to go to get things really under control and on track, and $20 a week in scratch is $80 - $100 a month depending on how many weeks we run into. I don't need this many birds, but how do you choose who goes? I have about 20 babies alone that need to go, and go quickly. I have no fewer than 15 adults that need to go. So many are little roos, and I'm so partial to my roos, but it's not fair to them when there aren't enough hens to go around. The original idea was some hens to lay eggs, a roo to keep a few little ones coming just in case. Then the group was left on my doorstep and that was the start. Then we had left overs in the class hatch, and hens started hiding nests because they free-range, and suddenly there are babies everywhere. Then the incubator, it's worse than a sucubus! It calls me, it beckons to me,, so I put it away and on that table I put my paints and canvases that have been packed away for years. I'm going to see if I can paint again, I used to love it, I need it back in my life now I think, along with my writing. I'm not deserting my chickens and ducks, I love them too much. If anyone is near enough to me and wants some interesting mutts stop by, I can't tell you what they are, but they are hand-raised and loving little things. The only thing I worry about is them going to good homes.