Lesson 769 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.

John Wayne

What a week. If ever there was a true statement, it is this: Thank God it’s Friday.

We slide into our weekend with the flock all over the place. Marc and two of the boys are out picking up our last college student to bring him home for the summer, Addy is going to a FIRST competition, Emma has soccer games, and Trevor, as always, is doing his thing.

Which leaves me home to man the fort.

Absolutely fine by me. The weather is supposed to be perfect and I hear the yard calling my name.

As a reminder to all who are going to be outdoors this weekend, ticks are out. I pulled one off of Pippin yesterday. As a family who has four people infected with Lyme disease, we are always on the lookout for those vile creatures.  If you don’t have a tick spoon, consider getting one.  Tick spoons are by far the easiest way we’ve found to remove ticks on both people and animals.  Once you’ve slipped the tick into the crack in the spoon, you angle the spoon up and the tick is removed fully intact. Never try to pull a tick out with your fingers, you could end up squeezing the ticks stomach contents into your body.

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I suppose a clever person could make one of these out of a plastic spoon (and you should try to make one if you find a tick and don’t have a tick spoon handy), but they are inexpensive enough for us to have one in each bathroom and car, and we send one out with each hiker.

Trust me, once you’ve had Lyme disease in the family, you don’t take chances.

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As always, peaceful weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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3 Comments

Filed under Chick Literature, Life Lessons, Quotable Chicks, Teaching kids, The Family

3 responses to “Lesson 769 – Quotable Chicks

  1. Have a Happy and Safe Weekend Wendy. It is well deserved.I hadn’t seen the tick spoon before. Thank you for the idea.

  2. Tick spoon is great! I use a cotton ball with dishsoap and wait a bit for the pesky to unlatch.
    I found a new product called TICK TUBE ( http://www.ticktubes.com/), use in spring and summer (2 applications) especially for those ticks carrying Lyme disease. If you have a chance to read this it’s pretty interesting how the tick becomes positive for Lyme. Click on the “how it works” for more info.
    On that subject, recent news confirmed that over 60% of deer ticks in NH have been tested positive for Lyme disease, pretty scary!

  3. Elizabeth

    Hi Wendy-
    I’m so sorry to hear about Violet. Completely heart breaking.
    Thank you for reminding everyone to keep an eye out for ticks. As someone who has lived with chronic Lyme for 17 years I am always trying to educate on the dangers of ticks (all ticks, not just deer ticks). So I always appreciate when someone else is just as vocal (and paranoid) about tick safety🙂

    Remember how I told you we were thinking about getting chicks this Spring? Well, we got them last week! 8 ladies in total (although one passed away at 3 days old), so now there are 7. My daughter (Emma) and I are thoroughly enjoying them and we’re already working on making them a larger brooder, they grow so quickly!
    Hope you have a better weekend!
    -Elizabeth in NH

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