Catch Up & A Chicken Contest

☆ September 28, 2015

Ahoy! I started a new dose of thyroid meds about ten days ago and am finally feeling RIGHT. It’s so nice. It’s so easy! Every day is no longer a battle, as it has felt for the past six months. I wake up smiling again, like I used to. I am so glad.

I did find out that one of my vocal cords is paralyzed due to nerve trauma during surgery. The nerve is not severed, so it’s possible it will heal and my voice will come back. In the meantime, I am scheduled for a temporary fix: an injection of collagen right into the vocal cord. This plumps it up enough to move the cord to the midline, so the other working vocal cord can meet it and make strong sounds – right now, there is an air gap, which is why my voice is weak and breathy. It’s a simple office procedure and, like a Real Housewife’s face, it’s temporary – the collagen will eventually be absorbed by the body. At that time, I’ll know if the nerve has healed or if I need to repeat the injection or have a permanent procedure done.

One of the boons of my lengthy recuperation has been the chance to devour a giant stack of books. I just finished I Am Malala. INCREDIBLE. So riveting, so profoundly beautiful, so worth your time if you’ve not read it yet. (The audio version is great, too).

The Farmily is excellent, everyone is peaceful and happy and well. Maia has become mother of the year, always doting and protective, and Luna is thriving. And the chicks are nearly grown up! I always wondered how many would be roosters and how many would be hens, and it is almost clear. In about two weeks, I think we will know for sure who is what. In the meantime, let’s bet!

There are six little birds in total – how many will be hens and how many will be roosters? Leave your guess in the comment section. The correct answer will win one of my special Wyoming care packages, filled with treasures made by Mother Nature and me.

dos chickies

If multiple people guess the correct rooster:hen ratio, all names from that group
will be raffled randomly to select the winner – so go with your gut!

tres chickies
Photo taken June 27. They are much bigger now.


198 Responses to “Catch Up & A Chicken Contest”

  1. hello haha narf
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:46 am

    how fun. thanks for the contest!
    i’ll guess four females and two males.

  2. hello haha narf
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:47 am

    p.s. so glad to hear you are feeling better. best news i have received all day!

  3. LJ
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:47 am

    One Rooster, five hens.
    I’m glad to learn you are feeling better!

  4. marge Mount
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:48 am

    5 boys, one girl.

  5. Kathy Britt-Rogers
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    I guess 2 roosters and 4 hens.

    Glad you’re feeling better!

  6. ELAINE ~ TX
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    AWESOME NEWS you are feeling better and back to you!!! A few prayers heading your way for healing of your vocal cord. Love to you and all the farmily!! PS – The earrings are darling!!

    2 Roosters – 4 hens

  7. Erika
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    Huurah for feeling happy – your site always makes me smile and have eagerly awaiting news of you doing well!

    I guess two hens and four roosters!

  8. B
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    I’ll go four hens and two roosters. :)

  9. Gina
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    I think there will be 4 hens and 2 roosters

  10. KIm
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:55 am

    4 roosters, 2 hens

  11. SolSara
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:02 am

    I think it’s three roosters and three hens!

  12. Theresa
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    I’m going with 1 rooster and 5 hens. So glad you’re feeling better!

  13. Kim
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    I’m guessing 1 rooster and 4 hens

  14. Janine Cate Boone
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Two roosters and Four hens.

  15. Valeta
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    three and three
    half and half
    Glad you are feeling better, Shreve!

  16. Amanda W
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    I just finished watching your speech (again) as I needed to hear your words. I then checked my email and you had posted a blog post! Must be the blood moon. I just had surgery last week and am healing as well. I will be thinking of you and praying for healing and your procedure. I’m guessing 3 roosters and 3 hens!

  17. Joy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Thrilled that your new meds seem to being doing the trick! Hooray!
    I’m going to guess an even split: 3 hens and 3 roosters.

  18. Kris
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    I think 4 chickens, 2 roosters.

  19. Mayrita
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    My mother has struggled with thyroid issues since her early 20’s when they removed hers…finding the balance in the meds is always like walking a tight rope!

    Guessing 2 roosters, 4 hens!

  20. Mary P Lockett
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    Think there are 5 hens and 1 rooster.

  21. Lacey
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    I’ll guess 3 and 3! They are sooo cute!

  22. Laurie
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    3 hens 3 roosters

  23. Suzette
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Glad you’re feeling better. Sending positive, hopeful thought for complete healing.

    I guessing you’ll be lucky and get 5 hens and 1 rooster.

  24. Cyndi Spencer
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    My gut says 2 roosters, 4 hens

  25. Tanja
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:09 am

    Glad to hear you are doing well, I hope your vocal cord rights itself! Myou guess is 1 rooster and 5 hens!

  26. bonnie
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    glad to hear you are finding your balance. and with that, i’ll go with three and three.

  27. Sheri Nugent
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:17 am

    I’m going with 3 and 3. So glad you are feeling better, Shreve. Great to hear what’s up with you.


  28. Barbara
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    2 roosters, 4 hens

  29. Jeanette
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:24 am

    Even split – 3 and 3.

    Very happy you are feeling right!

  30. torchy hunter
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    I’ll go to the extreme: all hens.

  31. Karen
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    My intuition tells me 2 dudes and 4 dudettes, but since that’s the majority’s opinion and I have a tendency to go against The Group, I’ll say 1 dude, 5 dudettes. That makes no sense at all… voila!

  32. Karen
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:36 am

    PS so glad to read that you are waking with a smile again!

  33. Nicole
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    I’m guessing 4 hens and 2 roosters! So glad to hear you are doing better. :) I hope your vocal chord starts functioning right after that injection!

  34. Bree
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    4 hens, 2 roosters

  35. Sandy G
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Roosters 2, hens 4
    So glad you are feeling much better! Hooray!

  36. judy P
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    2 roosters, 4 hens

  37. Rachel
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    Glad to hear this injection will provide some relief. I’ve lived with hypothyroidism for years. Still taking medication, and seem to do quite well on them.
    My guess is going to be 1 male and 5 hens.

  38. Denise Anstine
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Four hens;two boosters! :)

  39. Marla Heberlein
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

    Five Hens; and one “lucky” rooster!! Happy to hear you are feeling better!

  40. amanda
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    I’m guessing 2 males 4 females.

  41. Stacey
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

    All six hens!

  42. Wo of PDX
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation Shreve & so glad to hear you’re feeling better.

    My guess is 1 rooter & 5 hens.

  43. Rita
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    1 rooster, 5 hens

  44. Taylor
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:35 pm

    4 hens, 2 roosters!

  45. charity
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    I’m gonna go crazy and say 4 Roosters and 2 Hens.

  46. Barbara
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    love it – my guess is 4 hens and 2 roosters

  47. KarenTX
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    Glad your meds are helping you to feel better. My sister had thyroid cancer and is on meds for life. She’s doing well. My guess is 5 hens and 1 rooster.

  48. Gina
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

    5 hens, 1 rooster

    Glad you are feeling better!

  49. Kristy Waugh
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Great news, so glad you’re feeling smiley again!
    I am going with 5 hens and 1 rooster ;)

  50. Renee
    September 28th, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the thyroid update. Hooray! 5 roosters, 1 hen.

  51. Amy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    I think there will be 3 hens and 3 roosters. Glad you are feeling well!

  52. Vickie Zimmerman
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

    I’m so happy for you, that you are finally feeling like yourself again!!! Yay!!! What a blessing!!!
    I guess 2 Roosters and 4 hens.

  53. NANCY
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

    glad you are feeling better
    my guess 3 of each

  54. Amy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

    I’m feeling four hens, two roosters. Glad to hear you’re feeling well! I’m recovering from a c-section and purposefully sitting down for a rest when chores go undone and needs unaddressed is HARD. It’s a relief to have energy enough to keep up with your own life!

  55. Debbie lee
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    Happy u r feeling better Shreve. Great news xx

  56. Sherri
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

    I think you will have all ladies this time and no roosters. :)
    I am happy to hear you are feeling better, postive vibes to your vocal chord and prayers of a full recovery. <3

  57. Rachel Shepherd
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

    2 hens 4 roosters!

  58. Laura
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

    I’m guessing 6 hens!
    Glad you’re feeling better!

  59. SheilaE
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    Glad you’re feeling so much better. My guess, is 4 lasses and one lad.

  60. Jackie Roisler
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    Super to read your words again, and super your meds are finally helping.
    Blessings re:vocal chords, may all be correct to aid your body healing with your proper voice returning ASAP.
    Adorable chicks, my gut instinct is two males + four females.

  61. Beverly Murphy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    so glad you are feeling better! the little ones are so cute!! I will say 2 roosters and 4 hens!!

  62. Lindsay
    September 28th, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    3 of each!

  63. Laima
    September 28th, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    4 roosters, 2 hens

  64. Nancy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

    2 roosters and 4 hens…based on nothing ;) I actually had fun googling how to sex chicks and young juveniles, but none of the tips were clear to me in the photos–feather shape above tail, thickness of legs, etc. But I learned something!

  65. Rae
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

    Aww, they’re so cute!!
    I’m guessing four hens two roosters!

  66. jan wherley
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:29 pm

    I am guessing all roosters. That way, even if such a turnout occurs, I will still maybe win something. Bad/good, right ?

    Unlikely, though, luckily, for you.

  67. Kelly B
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

    I’m going with an even split of 3 hens & 3 roosters.

  68. Lindsey
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

    5 hens. 1 Rooster! So glad you’re feeling better!

  69. Theresa Szpila
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

    I’m soooo glad you’re feeling better, energetic and happy!!! Amazing what the correct meds in the correct dose will do!

    I’m guessing 4 hens, 2 roosters, but I don’t know anything about chicken genetics, so I don’t even know what is possible, let alone probable.

    I’m glad the rest of the Farmily is doing well, too!

    Sending hugs to all,

  70. Suzan
    September 28th, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    4 roosters, 2 hens

  71. Inez
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    2 roosters and 4 hens

  72. Eileen
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    2 roosters / 4 hens

  73. Alice
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:10 pm

    Gonna split it down the middle…3 roosters, 3 hens.

  74. Nancy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    I’m so glad you are feeling better!!! I guess 2 roosters and 4 hens. thank for the contest, Nancy

  75. Dogmom
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    Four hens and two roosters. That seems like a good ratio, right?

  76. Meg A.
    September 28th, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

    Glad you are feeling slightly better and thanks for the update on the Farmily. My guess is four hens and two roosters!

  77. Terry
    September 28th, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    So glad to hear that you are feeling more like yourself. I will go with 4 Roos and 2 Hens.

  78. Jenny Dodge
    September 28th, 2015 @ 5:47 pm

    I think there are 2 males and 4 females. Feel better!

  79. Stephanie
    September 28th, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

    I guess 4 hens and 2 roosters

  80. Tina
    September 28th, 2015 @ 7:37 pm

    Four hens, two roosters.

  81. foetle
    September 28th, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

    hope things keep improving!!

  82. Nancy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

    Two roosters, four hens!!

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!! =)
    I enjoy your blog whenever I get a chance!!

  83. rockrat
    September 28th, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    3:3, like normal population distributions.

    Later on, it’s just tough to be a rooster.

  84. Jeanne
    September 28th, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

    Happy to hear you are on the up ‘n up!

    Gut says: 4 hens, 2 roosters, and all a ton o’ fun!

  85. Z
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

    Happy healing! Gut says four hens two roosters:)

  86. Karyn
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

    Very happy you’re feeling more yourself! Isn’t it wonderful to just not feel bad?

    I’m guessing its 4 hens, 2 roosters!!

  87. Rachel
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    5 hens, 1 rooster…and a warm welcome back to happiness and clarity for you. :)

  88. Sandy
    September 28th, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    Girl Power…all girls (hens) =o)

  89. Karen
    September 28th, 2015 @ 10:55 pm

    wow. My guess was going to be 4 hens 2 roosters, but looks like everyone guessed it. So one rooster 5 hens. Happy happy happy you are feeling better.

  90. Shoshana
    September 28th, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

    So nice to hear you’re feeling better!

    I’ll guess 3 hens, 3 roosters.

  91. mlaiuppa
    September 29th, 2015 @ 2:51 am

    Six hens. All girls. Just to mess with the odds.

    Happy to hear your thyroid meds are finally getting balanced. It does take a while.

    Sorry to hear about the vocal fold. But since the nerve isn’t severed it could just be traumatized.

    Has enough time passed for it to be healed and ready for therapy? I knew a singing teacher that worked with non-musician patients doing voice therapy. It’s a shame you are so far out in the country you probably don’t have access to a vocal coach/therapist.

  92. Max
    September 29th, 2015 @ 3:15 am

    1 rooster, rest hens (cause you’re lucky like that)

  93. Isabel
    September 29th, 2015 @ 5:12 am

    I’m gonna say… All roosters!
    Glad you’re feeling better, S!

  94. GD
    September 29th, 2015 @ 5:39 am

    2 boys and 4 girls! :)

  95. Karen
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:21 am

    I’m guessing 1 rooster: 5 hens. I’m glad you’re feeling better, Shreve!

  96. Colleen G
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:25 am

    I am so glad to hear you are finally feeling better and best of luck on your vocal cord procedure. My guess is 1 rooster, 5 hens.

  97. Shay
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:29 am

    Two roosters, four hens!

  98. dogheart
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:38 am

    2 roosters and 4 hens?

    Great to hear of your rejuvenation! And thanks for the book recommendation. Wonder if you’ve read “I Want to Be Left Behind” by Brenda Peterson or “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert? Recent favorites.

    Love and light …

  99. Nikki
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:51 am

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. My guess is 4 hens and 2 roosters.

  100. Joanne
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:58 am


  101. NancyS
    September 29th, 2015 @ 7:00 am

    2 roosters 4 hens.

    Glad everyone’s doing well, including yourself :)

  102. Pamela McCarthy
    September 29th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    I like things balanced – I’ll go with 3 hens and 3 roosters! So happy to hear that you are feeling better!

  103. Deborah
    September 29th, 2015 @ 7:56 am

    Three roosters, three hens.

    So glad you’re feeling normal again. I hope your vocal cord issue is temporary and an easy fix.

    Thanks for all the great photos!

  104. Deanna
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    As you can tell, Shreve, we are all so happy that you’re feeling better. It’s such a drag to feel draggy. OK, my guess is 1 boy and 5 girls. Much love.

  105. Caitlin
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:11 am

    So glad to hear that you are finally feeling more like yourself and that the rest of the farmily is doing well too!
    My guess is 2 roosters and 4 hens.

  106. ClaireB
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:16 am

    What a relief you’re feeling better. It takes an illness for us to remember to appreciate good health that we might normally expect.
    –my guess — 3 girls and 3 boys

  107. Susan
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    4 hens and 2 roosters.

  108. Surchin
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:25 am

    2 roosters

  109. Candi McCorkle
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:27 am

    4 roosters and 2 hens! So glad you’re feeling better!

  110. Debra
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

    2 roosters, 4 hens. :)

  111. Marg
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    I know it’s wrong but just to be a loner I’ll guess 4 roosters, I’m pretty sure it will be 2 though.

    So glad you have found your way back to you Shreve, well done.

  112. Alyxx
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:45 am

    My gut is with the majority, 4 hens, 2 roosters.

    I am glad your thyroid is working better!!!!!!!!

  113. Alyxx
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:45 am

    My gut is with the majority, 4 hens, 2 roosters.

    I am really glad you are doing better and that thyroid med is working!!!

  114. Helen Harris
    September 29th, 2015 @ 8:51 am

    I’ll guess 1 rooster 5 hens

  115. Elizabeth
    September 29th, 2015 @ 9:28 am

    I’m going to say 4 roosters, 2 hens.

  116. Veronica
    September 29th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

    Glad you are feeling better.

    I am going with 1 rooster and 5 hens

  117. Holly
    September 29th, 2015 @ 9:40 am

    Soooooo happy you are feeling better…It truly can be a process, but you are well on your way Shreve.
    My guess is 1 rooster, 5 hens…

  118. Kristi Hebert
    September 29th, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    One rooster, five hens :)

  119. Jan
    September 29th, 2015 @ 9:42 am

    Four hens and two roosters. Glad you are feeling better. Enjoy your blog.

  120. L. E. Bruce
    September 29th, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Two roosters and 4 hens. So glad you are feeling better. Love reading about your farmley.

  121. Jennifer
    September 29th, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    My last group of 6 was all hens – so I’m guessing the same for yours :D

  122. Kathryn Weickson
    September 29th, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    The black one and the one in front of it, in the 2nd picture are both roosters. Not sure about the others so I will go with hens.

    So glad you are feeling better.

  123. Kathryn Erickson
    September 29th, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Must need more coffee,, its Erickson,. Don’t know who Wickerson is.

  124. Melanie
    September 29th, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    I am going to guess you beat the even odds and have 4 hens and 2 roos.
    We had two chicks this summer and got one of each!

  125. shreve
    September 29th, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    KW/E (#122) ~ I have to disagree with you! I don’t want to give away too much but don’t want your comment to affect other guesses, so I’ll leave it at that.

  126. Betsy
    September 29th, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    3 female/3 male
    Love the photos!

  127. Kim
    September 29th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    2 roosters- 4 hens.

  128. Melissa Edwards
    September 29th, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    Three hens & three roosters! I hope all goes well with the injection Shreve :)

  129. Aubrey kay
    September 29th, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

    1 rooster and 5 hens. Love your blog and beautiful pictures, glad to hear you’re doing well

  130. Kristen
    September 29th, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

    I will guess 3 roosters and 3 hens. Glad you’re feeling well!

  131. Marva
    September 29th, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    3 of each! So glad you are feeling like yourself and soon to be “sounding” like yourself!

  132. Marie
    September 29th, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m going with 5 hens & one rooster!

  133. SiobhanMcCormick
    September 29th, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    I say 4 hens and 2 roosters! :)

  134. Taryn
    September 29th, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    I am so glad to read that you are feeling better!

  135. Suzanne
    September 29th, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

    I think 4 hens and 2 roosters….just because. Glad your new self is feeling like your old self. :-)

  136. Lori
    September 29th, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better!

    My vote is three of each!

  137. Roxie
    September 29th, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

    2 roosters:4 hens ,

  138. Laura
    September 29th, 2015 @ 7:49 pm

    I don’t know what the average is, but the world needs more girls so I’m going with 5 hens and 1 rooster. :) So happy your meds are fixed. And you have happy lil chicks to watch. Thank you!

  139. Tori
    September 30th, 2015 @ 2:05 am

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re continuing to feel better bit by bit, and that the new medication seems promising. I took care of my mom as she went through various treatments and surgeries, and it was always a long road for her spiritually and physically to get back to beginning to feel “okay”. Then another road to travel to reach yet higher ground; I always admired the patience revealed in her perseverance and it’s a lesson I’ve taken to heart. I’m so, so happy that you are beginning to truly feel well again!

    As for the chicks, I think I’ll say one handsome rooster and four beautiful hens.

  140. TB
    September 30th, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    I’m going with 4 hens and 2 roosters!

  141. Ellen Z
    September 30th, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    So happy you’re better! I guess 4 females, 2 males.

  142. methodpam
    September 30th, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. My guess is 5 hens, 1 rooster. Take care!

  143. Eni
    September 30th, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

    Four famales, two males :)

  144. Jane
    September 30th, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    Two boys and four girls… Glad you are feeling better!

  145. Tavi
    September 30th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    2 roosters and 4 hens!

    So glad to hear you are feeling better!

  146. Sparrow
    September 30th, 2015 @ 11:39 pm

    All girls!

    Would love to hear more about how you tell :-)

  147. Ticia
    October 1st, 2015 @ 4:37 am

    I am guessing 2 roosters and 4 hens….

  148. Susan Larsen
    October 1st, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    My guess: one rooster and five hens. Thanks for the contest, Shreve. Glad your dosage is working for you now. That can be so tricky, as you well know!

  149. Martha E.
    October 1st, 2015 @ 8:42 am

    I say three of each. ~)

  150. Pat H
    October 1st, 2015 @ 9:04 am

    How wonderful your body is finding balance into greater healing.

    With balance plus the odds, I’ll guess 3 hens and 3 roosters. But won’t three roosters break the peace?

  151. Sue K
    October 1st, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    I’ll go with probability and say 3 of each. It’s great to know that you’re feeling better. I really enjoy all of your updates.

  152. Lolly N
    October 1st, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    so glad you are feeling better. I say 4 roosters and 2 hens.

  153. Elizabeth S
    October 1st, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    Glad to hear you’ve found the right recipe for your body! I’m guessing 5 hens, 1 rooster. Fun contest!

  154. Carolyn
    October 1st, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

    3 hens, 2 roosters.

  155. molly
    October 1st, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    Hooray for good meds and feeling well! Statistically there should be 3 of each sex, but I’m going to go with 4 roosters and 2 pullets because that’s usually how it works out with mine.

  156. WendyB
    October 1st, 2015 @ 7:03 pm

    2 roosters and four hens. One of which has enough attitude to be two hens. ;)

  157. Kim M
    October 1st, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

    This is so fun! I think they are all hens. <3

  158. steph nelsen
    October 1st, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    two roos four hens :) cuties either way!

  159. torre
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 7:20 am

    so glad you got the thyroid meds that work well for you! all the best for that vocal cord treatment! the chicks are so cute! You know, you’d think 50/50 but i’ve known people with all hens and all roosters LOL I’ll go with 2 roosters and 4 hens based on absolutely nothing scientific :)

  160. Katie H
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 8:35 am

    4 roosters and 1 hen!

  161. Nova
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 9:26 am

    3 Roosters : 3 Hens?

  162. Tracy
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 9:48 am

    5 Hens, 1 Rooster. Glad you are doing better!!

  163. Casper
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    I say 4 hens and 2 roosters.

  164. Steph
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    2 roosters / 4 hens

  165. Nova
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Say, is this a one entry per household kind of deal? My S.O. wants to guess too.

  166. Chris
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

    I’m going out on a limb here..pun intended…don’t chickens roost on limbs? :) 6 hens!!

  167. shreve
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

    N ~ open to anyone!

  168. Pam
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

    5 roosters and 1 hen

  169. Joan Wood
    October 2nd, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    3 hens 3 roosters

    Glad you’re feeling better.

    Will be very interested to hear more about the collagen injection as it has been suggested for my husband (Parkinson’s)to help his voice.

  170. Ashley
    October 3rd, 2015 @ 12:57 pm


  171. Jacque S
    October 4th, 2015 @ 6:31 am

    Glad you are feeling better and I hope the injection helps your voice. I am going to guess 5 roosters and 1 hen.

  172. bp
    October 4th, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    I’m thinking 6 hens. just because.

  173. sybil
    October 4th, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I hope they’re all hens, but yeah… Two hens four roosters. Good eating. ;)

  174. Eileen
    October 4th, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

    4 hens, 2 roosters.

  175. Dee
    October 5th, 2015 @ 8:19 am

    Glad you are feeling better. I’m guessing you have 4 hens and 2 roosters.

  176. Heidi
    October 5th, 2015 @ 9:33 am

    Two roosters, four hens.

    I’m so glad you’re literally finding your voice again.

  177. Patricia A. Long
    October 6th, 2015 @ 3:48 am

    I am so glad you are feeling yourself again. I will keep you in my prayers concerning your damaged vocal cord. I love the photos of your beautiful chickens. I feel that 2 are roosters and 4 are hens. I love the photo of your Grandmother who was beautiful and I loved her blog and your blog about her.
    Sincerely, Patricia

  178. Lynne
    October 6th, 2015 @ 6:30 am

    I wonder if the “trauma during surgery” might have been the anesthesiologist nicking the vocal cord with an instrument…
    I had that happen years ago and I sat in an exam room and listened to the ear, nose and throat man call that doctor and say, “Looks like you hit the vocal cord.” The point of this is that I suggested I should not have to pay my share of the anesthesiologist’s invoice. While he did not admit fault, he did “forgive” the charges. Something to consider. My voice came back without anything but time passing.

  179. Kathleen
    October 6th, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    Ok, I’m also going to go against the crowd and take my chances with 4 roosters, 2 hens. Whatever, their gender, they’re adorable!

  180. Ingrid R.
    October 6th, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    I am happy you are feeling good again.
    i will go with 1 rooster and 5 hens

  181. joy
    October 7th, 2015 @ 8:11 am

    4 hens 2 roosters

  182. Elisabeth
    October 7th, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

    2 roosters: 4 hens.

    Continued wishes for recovery!

  183. Laurie Blair
    October 7th, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    They are all girls!

  184. Marion L.
    October 7th, 2015 @ 7:37 pm

    Just like in my family: 1 rooster, 4 hens.

  185. Marion L.
    October 7th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    Oops: 6 chicken! New guess: 2 roosters, 4 hens.

  186. Luci
    October 8th, 2015 @ 8:05 am

    2 roosters, 4 hens.

  187. Erin B.
    October 8th, 2015 @ 8:23 am

    They’re all hens!

  188. Lindsay in Oregon
    October 8th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    So glad you are feeling more like yourself!! That is great news! As for the chickens, I’ll guess 3 of each.

  189. Nancy
    October 12th, 2015 @ 6:41 am

    4 hens and two roosters.
    So glad you are finally feeling well!!!

  190. Stephanie
    October 13th, 2015 @ 8:05 am

    I guess 4 roosters and 2 hens!

  191. Linda Lu
    October 13th, 2015 @ 8:23 am

    4 Hens and 2 Roosters. Hoping that’s the right ratio so that you can get all those great eggs!

  192. April
    October 13th, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

    I love chicken contests. There should be more chicken contests in the world. I think there will be two roosters.

  193. Laura Tully
    October 15th, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    4 roosters and 2 hens!

  194. Enis
    December 16th, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    Your answer shows real inelilegtnce.

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