I was awakened to a cock-a-doodle doo a few weeks ago. I wiped the sleep from my eyes to realize something was dreadfully wrong. You see, our nine new hens were about to start laying eggs and we were all aflutter with anticipation. Alas, our hopes were somewhat dashed upon realizing that Nellie was making all the noise. Yep, that’s right. Nellie is really Ned. Explains why she’s (excuse me, he’s) been bossing all the girls around for the last month, including Lucy (see her blog entry). Figures. Anyhoo, we called a trusted customer – also a chicken lover – and released Ned to his care. He said, quote, “Ned will be receiving an ‘opportunity'”. Interpret that as you wish. Harriet (another new hen) is quite lost without her/him. (Anyone a Little House on the Prairie fan?) Goodbye Ned. Play nice in Walnut Grove.