A great big “Thanks!” to all who bid on my birds at my recent auction! I had quite a few repeat buyers, and that's always a positive statement! This is always a bittersweet time for me, when the realization sets in at my reduced flock. I'm relieved, on the one hand, at the reduction in numbers (and time required to care for them all), but saddened, on the other, at the loss of some birds in particular…I know they're going to good homes, but still, that empty-nest syndrome kicks in, nagging me somewhere in the far recesses of my mind…”Maybe you should have kept so-and-so…My only recourse is to think of the future and plan for my next hatching…

Whoa, wait a minute…did I really say “next hatching???” Yes, Yes I Did! I'm planning my next hatching for Christmas, my Christmas present to myself! :laugh: I will be concentrating on Blues and Chocolates, which is not as easy as it sounds, since I still have too many frizzleds and not enough smooth birds to pair up properly, so I still can't proceed as quickly as I'd like! :-((  And, it's very difficult to look at some of my boys (whom I adore), like Oreo and Crackle and Napoleon, and say…”Well they're not blue or chocolate, so just don't breed them this time around”… :struggle: For a person with a Huge Hatching Obsession, how can I not breed them?!? This is where I start to hear phrases like, “We'll see…”, You're right, but…”, “Well, maybe just a couple of eggs from their pens…” Aaarrgh! I must be strong!!!