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So, the girls met Satan this morning. Also, grass. They liked grass better.

There were a few hours of sunlight before cloud descended (Atlantic gales for the rest of the weekend, boo) so we had another episode of Learning to be Chickens. A good time was had by all –including Jack, who crawled all over the cage, making them peep and flitter.


Also, the very first egg of the season — on Good Friday! How cool is that?

My girls don’t lay between October and March. It has to do with hours of daylight. I could make them lay all Winter if I provided a couple of hours of artificial light, but I think laying eggs is pretty hard on a chicken. Since mine are more pets than practical, I give them five months off a year.

Britain is not constrained by that whole ‘separation of church and state’ thing, so Easter is one of the major holidays. I gots a 4-day weekend, starting today. Also, our clocks change this weekend, a thing I find unaccountably painful. I think I’d rather lay an egg.

And so ends the Week of New Chickens. Maybe I’ll post about something else next week. Maybe I won’t. I’m really hating politics at the mo.

Good Easter weekend!


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 26, 2016, 12:37 am

If I were a new chick in a cage with Jack stalking me, I would have keeled over and pined for the fjords. Jack is scary!

Comment from Nina
Time: March 26, 2016, 5:02 am

As far as I’m concerned you can post chickens every day next week, too. I’ve spent all this week waiting for a chemo drug that is like the second most expensive cancer drug out there, and is dispensed by only two speciality pharmacies in the entire country. You can probably imagine the rigmarole, and since it didn’t get straightened out this week, I’ve got it to look forward to next week too. And once I get it in my hot little hand, I have to start taking it, every day, for the rest of my life or until something better is developed or I go tits up, whichever happens first. I’m sure the side effects will be just loads of fun!

So, yeah…bring on the chooks. And three sincere and hearty cheers for big pharma, evil bastards that they reportedly are.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 26, 2016, 9:41 am

Oh, holy shit, Nina!

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: March 26, 2016, 4:55 pm

Oh, man, sorry to hear that, Nina!

Comment from Nina
Time: March 27, 2016, 3:58 am

Yeah, it suddenly jumped from my neck to my lungs, and between my most recent tumor removal neck surgery in June and January when I had the PET scan, my lungs half filled up with the bastards. Hopefully chook stories and Lenvima will do the trick to keep the beast at bay.

And if you want to have a heart attack, Google the cost of Lenvima. Be sure you’re sitting down if you do, though.

Comment from OldFert
Time: March 27, 2016, 4:29 am

Horry Clap!
“Lenvima is packaged as a month supply for patients taking 14 mg a day or 24 mg a day. The cost for a month’s supply of 14 mg doses is $12,000. For patients taking the 24 mg dose of Lenvima, it is $15,176 for a month’s supply.” – See more at: http://www.rxeconsult.com/healthcare-articles/Lenvima-lenvatinib-Cost-Side-Effects-Dosage-and-Prescribing-Information-For-Treatment-of-Thyroid-Cancer-780/#sthash.mZIH14No.dpuf

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 27, 2016, 4:15 pm

It’s manufactured by a Japanese company, Eisai, Inc. I’d write them a letter and ask them for freebies. Cant hurt…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 27, 2016, 8:05 pm

I don’t know how to quantify the efficacy of Chicken Tales, but as an adjunct therapy to Lenvima, I am absolutely certain there will be a benefit 🙂 Best wishes, Nina.

Comment from Nina
Time: March 28, 2016, 4:25 am

Of the two, I’d rather go with chicken posts. 🙂

But like most of what happens in life, it is what it is, and I have to admit that the prospect of taking a drug that costs twice what I make in a month tickles my fancy. I’ll be increasing my value by about $500 every day!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: March 28, 2016, 10:06 am

You will be in my thoughts, Nina.

Comment from mojo
Time: March 28, 2016, 1:10 pm

Best of luck, Nina. Mine’s at least fairly cheap, mainly due to being untreatable – sneers at chemo and rad both. So, lots of morphine, fun fun fun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 28, 2016, 7:42 pm

Oh, hell, mojo. I had no idea.


Comment from mojo
Time: March 28, 2016, 10:31 pm

I don’t advertise, as a general rule. 😉

Comment from Nina
Time: March 29, 2016, 1:27 am

I rally hate cancer. It’s such a persistent and wily enemy.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: March 29, 2016, 2:59 am

Prayers and warm thoughts, Nina & mojo. Just found out today a long time friend is dealing with the same, dammit.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: March 29, 2016, 3:38 am

Thoughts are with you Nina and Mojo.

Lots of us have had to deal with it in one form or another. It’s scary crap.

I won’t say chicken soup helps, but maybe chicken POSTS?

I’m all for a farmyard marathon, with a bit of Trump/ Billary/Convention Firebomb cow-pies interspersed!

Peace to all..

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 29, 2016, 7:18 am

I feel stupid offering help under these cyber-circumstances, but if there’s anything I can do…

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