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!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

What hens do at night

I snuck into the chicken coop and took a photo of the hens after they'd gone to bed.  This is what they do at night.  There are six of them - two Plymouth Rocks, two Rhode Island Reds and two Golden-Laced Wyandottes.

They climb a very steep ramp moments after the sun goes down so I never have to put them to bed.  You've heard the expression, "When chickens come home to roost...." -- well, that's what it's referring to, the way the chickens will go back to their sleeping place at sundown.

Then they jump up on a roost, face the wall and sleep. Here there are a couple peekers because I was intruding, but usually all six are turned away from the door, away from their window, away from the nesting boxes, just away from it all.  And you wonder why I find my chickens so amusing!


  1. Sounds like they "put their heads in the sand" when they sleep. Get rid of the distractions and worries and enjoy a good sleep. But what do the ones with eggs do? Don't they have to keep the eggs warm?

  2. Chickens are cool. I have a friend that has some and she loves them and talks to them and swears they talk back. :)


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