Congrats Tab! I grew the same way with each pregnancy...big, bigger, and would someone please help me up cause I cant move! Wouldnt trade it for the world though. Nice and sunny today which means the mud factor was horrendous when I went out this afternoon after work to feed and water everyone. I was wearing my heavy hiking boots (thank goodness) and they were almost sucked off my feet! Still have lots of snow in the yard but patches are starting to show and the driveway and most of the walking paths to the coops are clear. Its only by the divas coop that its still omg Im gonna die ice. I let my one group of silkies out to roam the driveway and little bit of grass that is showing next to it. The other group is out in their larger pen. Setting the silkie eggs I have been collecting tonight. Had to fiddle with my new brinsea oct 20 to get the temp down to the right number. My new genises 1588 is right on the money for temp and humidity. Got heritage rir eggs coming for that one. Going to see which one does the best (but I am keeping both!). Now that temps have moderated a bit and we are getting more light, we have decided to drop back down to the lower protein egg production feed. I am getting 14 eggs a day from the terrorists (out of 19) so I think we can get by on the cheaper feed and letting them out once the snow is gone to forage. They are so cooped up and have cabin fever real bad. Hoping the rest of the snow goes soon. Now that I have said it we will probably get more. I have to say that the high proteing feed certainly made a difference for all my cheeps during the cold winter this year. They are at a good weight and look real good. Even my silkies have benefitted from it. Sending out hatching eggs for the first time to someone this weekend. I hope the usps doesnt wreck them! If anyone on here wants some or some chicks, let me know. They are hatchery stock (my terrorist pen) rir, barred rock and red sexlinks. Just thought I would throw that out there in case anyone needed some. They are laying machines, thats for sure! Time to go check on the kids (silkies) and finish my squares. I like this new hobby. Crocheting isnt hard at all!