Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Sally is the bird who had all the fluid build-up in her abdomen. Yesterday, I noticed the poor girl seemed pretty lethargic and I checked out her belly. She was very thin and her belly was full of fluid again. I had actually planned to put her down this weekend, but I found her dead in the coop this afternoon. She was one of my favorites. She was a sweet little Buff Orpington who was friendly and would sit on my lap. :(
I went to Tractor Supply Company today with the intention to bring home 10 meat birds, but the chicks that were there were spoken for, so I brought home 3 Swedish and 2 Pekin ducklings. The Swedish have THE CUTEST little black feet. They are just adorable. I put a little dish of water in their brooder and when I came back to check on them, three of them were SWIMMING in it!!! They are so cute. My heart is happy.
One of my two month old chicks was acting weird when I went out to the coop. She was sleeping in the food dish by herself and seemed a lethargic. I hope she's not ill. I'll keep an extra eye on her this weekend. She was pretty droopy, so I think I will give her and the two sneezing Barred Rocks some antibiotics tomorrow. I hope these babies haven't already caught the respiratory disease that my other birds have. Part of the reason I chose to get new baby ducklings is because they are pretty disease resistant, so I won't have to worry about them getting sick.
I'm trying to get someone lined up to butcher my flock so I can clean the coop and disinfect. I am considering buying a chicken tractor to house my babies while the coop is being cleaned. The one I saw at Runnings for $240 would be perfect because I can drag it around the yard so the birds can have fresh grass every few days.
Eric and I will be off to check out campers tomorrow morning. Hopefully we will be bringing one home with us. I seriously can't wait to start camping. I'm so antsy to sit around a campfire and make camping snacks. We are planning at trip out to the Black Hills or Yellowstone in August. I'm really looking forward to that trip.
Well, check back soon. I'm sure I'll have more to talk about if my babies have gotten sick.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Steve and the baby chickens are getting so big. Steve is 6 weeks old now, and generally Pekins are about ready for butchering at 7 to 10 weeks. Lucky for Steve, I happen to love him so he won't be butchered. He'll be a spoiled pet. I have moved them to the coop in the second side so they are away from the big chickens. They are too little to hold their own when the chickens start to beat them up to establish a pecking order. They will be kept separate for at least another month yet.
I am hoping to get some meat birds next week to raise for our freezer. I am going to wait until I get back from a conference to get them so Eric doesn't have to take care of them.
Eric and I finally cleaned out all of the straw in the chicken run last night. That was a big job! It took us a good hour to get it all cleared out. From now on, I am just going to put the straw into buckets and haul it out right away rather than having to clear the run out like that again. That was such a crappy chore! The chickens were very happy to scratch around in the mud underneath the straw.
|This is only some of the straw we pulled out of the run!|
|Time for a snack!|
I bought the chickens a sandbox this week and they are happy to have sand to take dust baths in.
Some of the chickens are still sniffling or coughing at times, but for the most part, I think they are getting better. Some days I get a decent amount of eggs, others I don't. The ducks are laying well and have been consistently laying an egg a day.
I put up my fence around my peonies and uncovered my strawberries this week, too. I already have some strawberries turning green. I have lots of tulips popping up out of the ground.
Over the last month or so, we have discovered that Eric has an egg intolerance. He gets horrible stomach upset when he eats eggs, so now we are switching him over to duck eggs. I was volunteered to make deviled eggs for our family lunch tomorrow, so I made a couple duck eggs just for him. Today I also made a bacon-wrapped, jalapeno and cheddar stuffed meatloaf. I can't freaking wait until supper. That is going to be amazing.
We had a nice trip down to Omaha over Easter weekend. We got to eat supper with some of my online friends, go to the zoo, eat lots of good food, and relax! There was a really yummy ice cream place across from our hotel and I got ice cream at least twice while I was there. I also bought some pretty dresses from a vintage clothing store down the road. I had a good time.
|My husband is so handsome!|
We had a contractor look at our upstairs bathroom this week because we plan to remodel it. He won't be able to get to work on it until June, but I am really looking forward to having a second bathroom, especially since it will have a tub!