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Instead of raining all day today, it decided to change to snow about 5PM this evening! Typical Colorado spring & I would much rather have this than tornadoes.

*As I was typing this, our power went out in the most spectacular fashion: inside, it was flickering on & off for a good 2 minutes while outside the transistor put on a laser show. My mom said it looked like aliens were landing in our backyard – to which I replied that I’ve watched enough X-Files to know how to deal with aliens. We are currently still without power, I’m worried about the animals in the barn & the winter storm continues to rage through our area. Thank goodness AT&T decided to be useful & I can use my phone as a hotspot for my iPad.

Memnoch & Mercury (8wks old) continue to grow. Both cannot fit in one hand anymore.

Nyx/Hades (2wks old) continues to grow in the most gorgeous cool grey coloured feathers.

Sparta/Daedalus (2wks old) is still a cutie pie with the face. I love that face.

Lila/Nova (3wks old) seems to be getting longer in body shape. The comb is also starting to grow in, but I can’t tell yet if we’ve got a pullet or cockerel.

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They do all like to try to dust bathe in that corner at the same time. They also love to sit in that corner & watch the M&M Twins when they’re in their brooder & not outside. I put their waterer in that corner when I cleaned out their brooder Friday night & all 3 of them threw a gigantic fit & fell in it. As soon as I moved things back to the way they were before, perfectly happy & quiet. Kids.

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Lots of sleeping going on here lately (& hunkering down with this winter storm tonight), but there was a stop in the rain just long enough to go outside & cover all the vegetable/fruit plants Dad planted last weekend. Fingers crossed it was enough to keep them covered through this. I honestly don’t think any of thought it would get this bad.

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The egg I found this morning had a paper thin shell. From what I’ve been able to research, it could mean that whichever hen laid it has a calcium deficiency. Unfortunately, all the hens’ egg shapes have changed since the hatching of the M&M Twins so I have no idea who this is. The only thing I can think of to explain it is that I stopped putting the crushed oyster shells in with the layer pellets because of Odysseus. Roosters don’t need as much calcium as hens do because they aren’t laying eggs. When I read that, I was paranoid about even continuing to feed them all layer feed. So, I stopped putting the oyster shells in with the feed but did continue to put it in a tiny dog bowl for the hens to peck at (like the extra grit). Mostly, they’re just flipping the bowl over & spilling everything in it. It doesn’t look like they’re eating any of it. The plan is to make a feeder out of PVC pipe so they can’t dump it but can eat it when they need it. I’m also switching them to a general raiser feed to Odysseus isn’t negatively affected by extra calcium from the feed. It’s a little disconcerting, picking up an egg & having you fingertips cause dents in its shell, but I’m just glad that the shell is still being produced. I’ve read that hens can lay shelless eggs.

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This is my wake call every morning now. I was really hoping Odysseus’s crowing would suppress his, but he is his father’s son & is a stubborn shit.

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