Ruby still had a firm nugget in her crop this morning, which I worked a little. Overall, her crop was not large, however. I put out the yogurt with lemon again, but they weren’t nearly as interested in it as yesterday. Also put out a bunch of chopped kale. Since we have at least some green all year, I don’t typically put produce in the run, so they were a little unsure. Once the days are so short it’s too dark to range once I get home from work, I do tend to sprout wheat berries for them, which they love (they are SUPER sweet, like candy, though, so I might rethink that if it feeds yeast). I wish the copper would arrive soon. So... if the firm nugget is an impaction and not yeast, it does seem like oil would help. I’m holding off for now since overall Ruby still seems in good health (though she’s usually pretty lean and now feels downright skinny... it’s molt, so hard to know the reason). I’ve been thinking a lot about something @rebrascora mentioned recently... something along the lines of “We think we know best, but Mother Nature has it nailed.” (my words/interpretation, not hers). In the wild, chickens would eat what they want and possibly self-treat. In an enclosed coop and run, they are at the mercy of what we provide. I’m really trying to wrap my head around this and further consider how best to serve and care for them. I’m still not willing to allow unsupervised free ranging (which I know is still a risk, but feel it’s worth the risk as chickens have to be chickens and they are so happy running around the yard!) However, I do wonder how I can make their run more “natural.” I guess it’s a compromise. If only I could make a giant aviary along with trees and shrubs inside! I just wonder if these crop issues were less prominent if they had more freedom. But I am also aware crop issues can be symptoms of other issues and Ruby hasn’t laid in months. Time will tell, I guess. Thanks for letting me ramble.