Ruby scarfing parsley today.

A month ago, Ruby, the feisty runt of the flock, was notdoing so well. She’d developed one of those strange problems known only tobirds—egg yolk peritonitis—and nearly checked out.

After a visit to Adobe Animal Hospital, a quick abdominaldrain, and some antibiotics, she’s strutting around, cackling, and gobbling up vegetableswith her usual glee.

I hope she keeps it up. Going to the vet with your chickens is not a good routine to develop...I can just hear my older relatives—the ones who've had farm experience—saying, "For goodness sake, it's a chicken."It's true. On the other hand, she's one great little chicken. Sigh.

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