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
Yes indeed! I wasn’t here for the excitement , so the story you are about to hear is coming to you second hand. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. Unfortunately, I left my laptop at work -again- so I am typing on my phone which has minimal formatting options; please bear with me. Continue reading
Just taking a quick minute to let you know that we’re only doing a short post tonight because we hope to be able to report on the righting of the RCW tomorrow. If the weather can hold after the morning, Tom will be here to help us out. I’ll be in Scottsdale most of the day, so I won’t be able to be part of the excitement- but hopefully everything will go well. For now, we’ll just leave you with the weekend egg report and call it ok.
Until tomorrow, then, as always~ thanks for reading!
Today’s weather: Started off as a beautiful morning. Mostly clear and warming. Then clouds came over around 1:30 And we started experiencing scattered showers and some thunder. High today was 70. Currently, at 6:37 p.m., it is 53. We are expecting an overnight low of around 43. Rain off and on tonight until around 6 a.m.
Egg report: Saturday- zero goose, 0 duck, 23chicken. Sunday- zero goose, 1 duck, 9 chicken. Monday- zero goose, zero duck, 11 chicken.
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~
Thanks for reading!
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
“…my arm is complete again!” That’s a nod to Sweeny Todd, I use it for my friend John S. who enjoys quoting that line when he pulls out the carving knife, but also because it kind of describes how Sue feels to have the tractor back in it’s comfy spot in the garage. That’s Sweeny, to the right, I thought about superimposing a photo of the backhoe to his arm so that my reference might make more sense; then I decided that I’m probably one of two people that is going to get that anyway – so, meh. What the Trails West Tractors guy discovered was that a transmission seals was completely disintegrated and that was causing havoc in many systems, plus making a horrible noise. Luckily, it was still under warranty!!! So, Sue just had to pay some labor and cost for fluid, diesel for George’s truck that hauled it back and forth. It was so much better than we had feared! While the tractor was off getting checked out, we were using wheel barrows to move large quantities of wood chip compost, and it got old quickly. We’re now ready to get back to the regularly scheduled plantings that we need to finish. Monday is a holiday, so we might get quite a bit done now. 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
So, it was a rather quiet weekend and on into today. Not a whole lot to report. Sue ended up spraining her foot – not the ankle, but the top of her foot – and it was a fine weekend to prop it up and ice it. I did go to a rehearsal Saturday, so when I got back from that we took eggs to Tom to baker in Old Bisbee. Got back home just in time to do chores. One of our neighbors wanted to purchase eggs, so we made a deal to meet her at the gate around 5. Oops! We totally forgot. Silly people that we are. They were honking, but we were watching The Fellowship of the Ring, which completely drowned out her desperate attempts to contact us. She even called and texted me, but my phone was on “do not disturb” so that didn’t work either. Have no fear, though; we worked it out that we’d leave some eggs in a cooler by the front gate for her to pick up sometime Sunday morning as we are generally gone to church starting at 8:00 a.m. Wrote a thank you note, and gave her an extra 1/2 dozen for all the trouble. I think she’s still happy and, if that’s the worst thing to happen on a weekend, that’s a good weekend. Continue reading
This is the end of the week report. I’ve been trying to see if I can scare up some photos, but – no joy. So it’s a photo-less Friday for you. Sorry about that. I looked through the latest photos on my phone, the only one I haven’t shared with you is one I’m saving for next month. I’ll just run through some highlights. Continue reading