I was up with the chickens again this morning, around 5:30. I'm still awaiting the arrival of our precious calf. Sweetie was just napping in the barn again with Shirley (our hereford/charolais cross heifer calf), so I gave her a generous scoop of grain and rubbed her nose. The chickens were up and at 'em in the coop, so I opened it up and let them roam for the day. They are free-rangers here, eating up the ticks and other insects we have. I've been getting between 8 and 12 eggs each day from my girls. After filling up all of the water troughs, I headed to the porch.