On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, May 17, 2010

What's in YOUR bathtub?

It's official, I went and did it. Youngest Daughter and I went back to Western Farm Center this morning and came home with six baby chickens. I'll know there's a god if they all turn out to be female. (WFC will buy back any roosters, the 5% mistake possibility.)

The chicks are a bit less than one week old so they need a constant temperature of about 95ºF. I stuck them in the bathtub (dry, no water in it), turned on a space heater and hung an infrared lamp over them. There's a thermometer in the bathtub too, so I know what the temperature is down where they are.

Having never raised chickens before, every time I check on them I notice something new. They are voracious eaters. They drink like fish. They are in perpetual motion. They chirp happily. They are a delight to watch.


  1. Very cool! I look forward to following the chicken saga!

  2. Thank you, Suzanne. I'll be writing about chickens every day until.... uh, the cows come home? the chickens come home to roost? Well, a long time!


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