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It was raining pretty decently all evening, so everyone stayed in the pen instead of doing their free ranging before bedtime. Which was a good thing because after 2 days of covering the office pretty much by myself, I’m in full cognitive fatigue by the end of today & just want to sleep for a year. It was also nice for the flocks because it cooled things down a lot. Nice break in the heat. Bad side is that the pen got all wet again & I’m going to need to clean the entire thing out again. Hopefully the spray I got to clean the coops with shows up before the weekend so I can take care of that all at once. But even the bad side has a good side: Mom found someone selling corrugated metal panels that match the Big House, so I can work on getting a non-leaking, solid roof on the pen soon.

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I’m not sure if Ava’Dara stayed in the Big House all day after I spent 20 minutes chasing her this morning & putting her in the pen (I fell in a hole, twisting both ankles & flaying around like a muppet). I’m just glad there’s a faction of the chickens that she hangs out with. I anticipate it will take some time, just like it did with the Normandy Flock, for her to get more comfortable around the Ithakē Flock. I just hate to think she’s by herself most of the time despite being surrounded by other chickens. Again, I am glad that the 3 Amigas are the first to warm to her. Those 3 are the most agreeable & easy going of all the chickens. I’m surprised Penelope hasn’t joined their little group since she’s exactly the same way.

Each day that I wake up & no one died is a good day in my book. That’s not exclusive to the flocks, either.

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Unfortunately for Odysseus, when they don’t get to free range in the evening, he gets a little chippy. Maybe that’s not unfortunate for him so much as it is unfortunate for my shins. I don’t hold it against him. I just pick him up & hold him against me until he calms down. I sometimes think he’s just pissy that all my attention isn’t on him exclusively anymore, but who knows what lurks in the minds of roosters.

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My little sparrow is getting more bold about leaving the Big House & standing up to Mercury each day. She’s a little spitfire! I hope I can get some fertile eggs from her next spring to hatch. I would love to see a combination of her size & Odysseus’s or Memnoch’s colouring. Actually, I’m kinda hoping I can get fertile eggs from all of them to try & hatch next spring. The mad scientist urge hasn’t left just yet.

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