Messie Bessie has settled down, and she's putting weight back on (nursing took alot out of her). I road her briefly and can't wait to start riding again soon.
All 14 chickens made it to maturity. We are getting on average 8 nice big brown eggs a day. We got a farm collie name Sugars who accidentally wounded 2 of the hens on the neck. (Sugars has to stay in the front yard now unless she is supervised - my bad, for giving an adolescent too much freedom.) The first looked pretty terrible, so we decided to eat it. I held it down, and Daddy Bear cut it's head off - wow, we had no idea a chicken could run so far without a head! It wasn't much eating. The second we decided to try to save. Chickens heal amazingly! I cleaned the wound with iodine and applied neosporine - I wrapped it so the skin would join (it was about a 2 inch laceration to the skin). I think now maybe that was unneccesary, but it probably didn't hurt. 2 weeks later it's nearly completely healed with only a tiny scar.
The little chicken molestor is considerably bigger now - I should take more pictures!
Kidding time is coming soon - can't wait!!