Friday, 30 March 2012

One in Fifty-Four.

                                                                                                                                                                    See this little sugar bug? He is autistic. If you read my blog you know this, but did you know that he is 1 in 54? That's right the CDC released a report yesterday estimating that 1 in 54 boys are autistic. The report estimates that 1 in 88 children are autistic, 1 in 54 boys, and 1 in 252 girls. We're part of that statistic. L is the one in eighty-eight and the one in fifty-four. 

If those numbers don't have an impact on you, think of it this way. If you are pregnant and expecting a boy, you're odds are 1 in 54 that he'll be autistic.                                          
These statistics disgust me. Not enough research is happening to determine why autism rates are increasing. The truth is, we still know very little about the causes. The numbers are alarming! There should be more concern. I plan to write to my congressmen asap. I encourage you to do the same.  In a couple of days I will post a letter that can be signed and forwarded to your congressmen. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

Unfortunately what tends to happen when new reports come out, is that people get upset. They donate. They write their letters. Then, they forget about it, and before long it's old news. I encourage you to stay involved. The chances are that you know someone who is affected by autism.

For more information visit Autism Speaks.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

It's that time again!

Spring has sprung and it's time to share our newest addition! Meet the third member of our chicken gang, Daisy. Isn't she adorable?

She's a Rhode Island Red and is a good dual purpose breed, meaning she will lay nice large eggs and also make a yummy meal when she is past her prime. Don't worry, this little girl will have a couple of back yard bliss years before then. Her breed lays XL brown eggs and will have a pretty red coat. She is supposed to be an easy going hen, which will work well with Minerva and Louise, who are possibly the most friendly chickens ever.

In case you're curious about our other chickens, we have only two more. Minerva is a black sex link. This is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock. It's also dual purpose and we sure like her a lot. She's really good at finding roly poleys in the garden.

The other, Louise is a white leghorn. She is super friendly and lays a ton of eggs. White leghorns are a very choice for egg production. They lay upwards of 300 eggs per year. Ours laid through the winter! Louise is a favorite of A, who absolutely loves animals. She is definitely his chicken.

If you are wondering about our name choices, yes, our boys love these books

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