First, I just want to say thank you to all of you for your support on my last post. I wasn't initially sure if I should share the emotional impact Olive's death has had over us, but after giving it some thought, I realized it might be useful to write about it for folks who are thinking of raising chickens in their own backyard someday. It's a rewarding experience, but it isn't without its occasional stresses and heartbreaks. Someday in the future, when Matt and I can afford to live in a home with more land, we may consider raising chickens for both meat and eggs, but for now our daily interactions with the birds make them docile and friendly, so we treat them like pets.
Speaking of the girls, here's the final lay count for January:
Seven of Nine: 24 eggs (started 12/31)
Olive Snook: 7 eggs (started 1/13)
Starbuck: 4 eggs (started 1/21)
Amelia Pond: 4 eggs (started 1/26)
Total: 40 eggs. Not bad!
And here's my list of favorite links for the month:
- This TED talk with Jane Goodall (She's one of my heroes).
- This list of 100 useful websites.
- An explanation for why competing stores open right next to one another.
- "Why Bother Knitting a Scarf" by Katherine Martinko
- Latin Basics, a list of some of the most common Latin descriptors to help you learn more about plants for your garden.
- Elena Shumilova's incredible Flickr feed.
- Andrew Solomon on Depression (another TED talk).