One of our long term goals is to give the oldies more free run of the “yard”. That area right around the house that is fenced in. Yes, it’s fenced in, but the fencing is 4×4 wire, which is fine for dogs, but the chickens could get through it if they tried hard enough. Before we start introducing them to a larger area, Sue has been adding this smaller squared pvc fencing to the original fence. We use is a lot when we first let littles outside of the brooder in a small outside area. It holds up really well, and it doesn’t look bad either. As a matter of fact, I had to do the close-up shot because it virtually disappears when you get a few feet away. In the next couple of days we’ll move their existing fence so it goes across the upper north west corner of the property, giving them a large triangle of open space to roam. They should like it. If they handle that well, we’ll make it bigger and bigger. Then, maybe by grasshopper season, they can be completely free! That would be amazing. Continue reading
Last Saturday was the day we had set aside to move the RCW. I had mentioned this was an interesting, if difficult, process and I’d take some photos of the more interesting segments. You know, when you have plans they never really go the way you think they should. I didn’t take any video, and I kept forgetting to take photos until after the fact; but I still have a fun fact to share with you. It’s about the most difficult way to thread the needle. Continue reading
It was a moving day again today. You know, our chickens travel around quite a lot – I’ve just been thinking about that. The layers out in the RCW are moved- as a unite – maybe once a month, less if there is more grass, more if the there’s less grass (now there’s a sentence for you). We’re always shuffling the others around to take care of behavioral issues, and the like. Lately we’ve been talking about how to consolidate. We completed a big step in that process tonight. Continue reading
I don’t know how you felt when you were a teenager and had just received your driver’s license, but when that happened for me, I was scared. I think I may have been an odd kid, but I really didn’t want to get my license. Yes, it was going to be good to be able to drive myself to choir, and youth group, and play rehearsals so my folks wouldn’t have to schlep me around all the time, but I was honestly afraid of driving. Don’t get me wrong, I was a fine driver, my dad taught me well and I had driven many things on the farm – drove a Caterpillar tractor starting at 9 – but not on public roads! You can hurt people!!!! Driving is a form of freedom, but it is also a major responsibility. I was scared, but I did have the courage to use my newly given freedom. I think maybe that fear made me a better driver; I certainly wasn’t cavalier about it —- until much later. Freedom is scary. Continue reading
The days are getting shorter and shorter as we get closer to the winter solstice. For those of you outside of Arizona, you may not know that we do not observe Daylight Savings Time, so we never change our clocks. That also means that for 1/2 of the year we have the same time as my folks, and our friends, in California. This November, California will be voting on whether to continue to adhere to Daylight Savings or not. If that passes, then we will always be an hour ahead of California. Interesting times. Continue reading
It has been a wicked long week and we are so glad it’s finally Friday! It seems like Monday was about a month ago. Rather than pick one thing to write on, like I did earlier this week, I thought I’d do one of those general run down things that we sometimes do to catch you up on what’s been happening around the farm. Shall we get started then? Continue reading
The rain has come. It began as a mist coming over the mountains, then seemed to pick up in intensity during the morning hours; it has remained with us through out the day. There are long strings of minutes when it holds back, only to pour again as if making up for this lost time. I believe it has settled in and decided to stay the weekend. Monsoon season is over, now we must be into the fall rains. We always welcome the rain, but were hoping that it would have held off until tomorrow, or even just until later this evening, so that we could have had Tom come to help us right the RCW today. As it was, the day was too wet. Continue reading
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s the short blog day. Which is kinda good because there really hasn’t been much time to do a whole heck of a lot. We can update you a little bit on the general goings on.
1) We heard back from Ron and Kathy regarding the best way to get the RCW back on its feet. We have a few things to do tomorrow and Friday in preparation. Our friend and neighbor, Tom, has offered his help and the use of his tractor, which is a great deal bigger than Sue’s, to help set the thing up. We’re hoping that it is big enough to more or less set it down, rather than simply pull it over – which is what would probably happen if Sue used hers. Just trying to minimize any harm if we can. That can’t happen until Friday afternoon though. So we’ll use the next couple of mornings to get things ready and then hope for the best. Today, while it’s still on its side, Sue squeezed some caulking around the screws holding the roof on; they leaked a bit in the last rain.
2) Bob went back to the vet today and was given a gold star for his healing progress. We are definitely starting to see new growth around the open wound areas. The Dr. took out all the remaining stitches and told Sue just to snip and remove any others that she came across. This is all very good news. We’ve also started weaning him off the sedation pills by 1/2 a pill at a time. When we ran out for a day, he just started to get out of control so we thought we’d begin to back him off slowly so he can remember what it’s like to be normal again. He’ll go back to the vet in a month and we hope his healing will be so much more progressed that we can let him free of the cone and off the leash. Yea, Bob!
3) Either tomorrow or Friday, sometime, we’ll take another look at Leggs and see how her infection is progressing. Poor dear, she rather took a back seat in all the excitement that’s been going on. Also on the DL front, Nudie Booty continues to do well with her crop and continues to grow her feathers back quite nicely still. The two hens that are with Vicente have almost all of their bald spots regrown as well. (Vicente continues to be a sweet little rooster who enjoys being picked up and cuddled – a new experience for us.) The two Easter Eggers that we put in the RCW with the Layers are having a more difficult time adjusting, but I think – after the traumatic toppling – are slowly finding their place. The final two that we placed with the oldies have been assimilated into the flock just fine… they almost have all their feathers grown back as well. I’m not sure if splitting up the flock is the final reason everyone started to do better, or if they’ve all just been in one spot now long enough to settle down. Something happened that let them relax enough to feel secure – and I’m pretty sure it was simply some type of stresser that kept them from regrowing their feathers. We may never know. All’s well that ends well.
Guess that’s it for today. I’m hoping that by Friday we’ll be able to report that everything has been set aright. Until then, as always~
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Today’s Weather: Still a bit on the cool side this morning. I think it was 50° by the time I left around 7am. Currently, at 7:17 p.m., we’re at 65° with 42% humidity; our overnight low is forecast at 49°. Now we’re looking at getting some rain later in the week from Tropical Storm Sergio – currently set to reach us sometime on Friday. Today’s sunrise was at 6:19 and our sunset was at 5:51.
Egg Report: Tuesday – zero goose, zero duck, 20 chicken. Wednesday – zero goose, zero duck, 21 chicken.
This weekend we had some truly terrific winds; the worst happening through the night from Saturday to Sunday. Some of the winds reached upwards of 60 mph. We knew they were bad and that we’d wake up to some things sent all over the property. However, We were not expecting the sight that we saw once the sun came up over the horizon. Continue reading
Today is our short post day, so I just wanted to give you an update on the DL. We have three sickos on the DL, if you count Bob. Let’s start there. Bob is slowly healing. Because his skin was so thin where he had his laceration, it wouldn’t hold stitches, so it is being treated as an open wound. He went to the vet last week and Sue was encouraged to keep on doing what she’s doing. He is still on some sedatives to help keep him calm, but he is sooo tired of having to stay still, and stay in the the house, and wear the cone of shame. It will continue to be slow going for a while, but I think it is starting to look less angry and weepy. Poor little dude. Continue reading