Chasing Nickens

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Yesterday, Day #29 of the COVID-19 quarantine — I’m considering Day #1 was March 16th, when the CDC’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines were announced, even though Friday, 3/13 was the last time I ventured into the public, to vote early — was a beautiful day here in north Fulton Country.

The Seyfred homestead was, as always, bustling with activity.

Sarah Jane persists in keeping normal alive for her brood, conducting home school as always, and making sure that nature and play and fun are central ingredients in the education and lives of those 5 beautiful children.

As you may know, Jonathan and Sarah got baby chicks for the kids — 6 in the spring of 2017, when there were only 3.75 kids (Jackson Allan would arrive on June 12th; Little Baby Jacob Sawyer “Cinco” Seyfred wouldn’t show up for another 2 years) — and then another 6 in the spring of 2018.

As happens, the chicks turned into chickens (actually, one of them turned into a rooster), and before we knew it, eggs were plentiful, and rounding up chickens to return them to their coop became a chore assigned mostly to Grayson. Izzy and Ellie helped.

Fast forward to the spring of 2020, and now there are 5 young Seyfreds and 8 chickens. The rooster had to be put down; one chicken was taken by a hawk; and two chickens succumbed to what we can only assume were natural causes.

Please enjoy these videos of Jack chasing “nickens” — it seems he replaces “Ch”, “J”, and “S” with “N”. (Orange Noda is a special treat for him, but his parents let him have that only rarely, and never close to the time he has to go to neep.) There’s a brief cameo of Jacob Sawyer, too.

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