Twenty @ Ten

One of the things we have been looking forward to the most as a benefit of owning our own home is having the type and number of pets that we would like. A dog? A cat? A couple of sheep for grazing and a cow for milk? No problem. 

As you may well know, we bought 6 hens in mid March~they referred to them as the Rainbow carton special, meaning that they'll be laying us some rainbow colored eggs. We've yet to see any of these eggs (note to hens: Hello, ladies, it's time! You are now officially being lazy as you are well into your 6 month age, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the flowers blooming. Nothing quite says "SPRING!" as finding fresh eggs in the hay. You've been warned.)

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Since these hens came home with us, we made a trek to the feed store in Petaluma and purchased 8 baby chicks:

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note: the redness here does not mean they are about to be broiled. too early for that! it's the brooder light, keeping them warm~

One tortoise: We call her Kitty. And no, we're not sure if "she" will be a he or a she, but we're hoping. Kitty is currently 5 months old and weighs in at a whopping 1.8 ounces, sopping wet. Literally. She has a soak every day, as this is how the African Sulcata Tortoise takes in its water each day.

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And this weekend, feeling bereft and alone on the couch after watching the rain for several hours days, I needed someone cozy to cuddle with. And so we found Maybelle at Milo Foundation. Her name with them was Elise, but since she will turn a year old in May and we wanted her to have a bell from the get go (fair warning for all those hens, should she end up outside), we figured on Maybelle. Currently doing a fantastic job fulfilling all cat duties, though I'm happy to report that the rains have diminished since bringing her home!

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Final count:

4 humans

14 hens

1 cat

1 tortoise

20 living beings at 10 Golf Avenue. I'm thinking we're heading towards Blackjack sometime soon, but have not yet determined whether that animal will have 2 or 4 legs. Stay tuned!

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