I’m worried about Mary Jane.

Day 75 of 365

I have much work to do on the annual tonight, but I am happy to report that progress has been made. Spring is finished completely, and Summer is well underway. And I have lots of bits and pieces on Fall and Winter. This is good news. It’s work I love but work that is hard for me. I want it to be so beautiful, and that creates anxiety. And it’s never easy for me to do creative work when I am feeling anxious. It’s also very time consuming work. I am a little bit tech savvy but not nearly as much as I would like to be.

Anyway, I just had to share a quick update related to the heat and our flock. It’s easy to lose old chickens in heat like this. It’s very hot, and though I do everything I can in terms of fresh water, shade, and fresh treats at lease once a day. But once a day doesn’t last long. It’s so hot and so dry. It makes for a very tough day for some of my old girls, especially Mary Jane.

This Mary Jane and our sweet Rooster the day they met. They are both so young. This was five years ago. They are both getting so old. Rooster is super stoic, but I can tell he’s not doing super well in the heat either. I feel so badly for our birds. eat e

She is our pardoned meat bird, and when she got sick with the respiratory illness in 2019, we bonded. I love her to the moon and back, and she’s been living on borrowed time for at least a year. Her color looks good, but she’s walking very, very slowly, even to the treats. Usually, she’s right there when treats are being given. In the last few days, she has started to move more and more slowly.

I sure hope this heat breaks soon. I sure hope Mary Jane makes it.

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