On the subject of our chickens, we have 3 that are laying now, but have discovered bit of a problem. When I first ordered them (mail-order) I chose a male and female Golden-Laced Wyandotte pair and the rest were misc hens. Well, one arrived dead and we did not have a clue which it was. I searched how to sex my chicks, but they were already a week old. I did exactly what I read, but it appears that those extra 4 days or so were enough to misguide me. Thinking all I had were hens, I bought a Frizzle Barred Rock Rooster from my co-worker, in which we named Barney (from the Andy Griffith Show). Barney has a hen named Thelma Lou also.
Unfortunately, Lacey the GLW hen, is now Tony....this is a big bummer. I noticed she had started getting her pattern filled in on her feathers, but she has quite a bit more color lately. Then the other day, I was in the yard and I heard a strong crow that did not sound like Barney. When I looked up, it was Lacey. I went over to inspect her closer, she has started growing little spur bumps and has appeared to have grown a few inches taller nearly overnight. Now, they have crowing contests and Tony is even turning aggressive towards the girls & trying to mate. I saw him grab one of the hens by her neck feathers and spin her around.
Chicken raising is still pretty new to me. Even though I read all about raising them for over a year before buying them, it has still caught me off guard. I am looking at remedies to separate the two groups within the same coop & run. I hate to part with either of them, but I do know that if I keep them both, I will have to add to our flock. This error leaves me with 6 hens & 2 roosters which can be tough on the hens. I have a co-worker with some young laying hens that she will sell me.
|Tony which was Lacey a few days ago.|
Not only do we have changes in our poultry family, but we have a new canine member. The Monday before Isaac blew in we noticed a pup on the side of our road. When we came back home, she was still there. I had to get her out of the weather. We live on a dead end road and people are notorious for dropping of their unwanted pets in hopes of someone taking them in. Do not ever do this! Our last pound trip was a litter of 10 feral cats. Well, one bit me and was left to fend for himself in the wild.
This little girl was so sweet-hearted, I do not know why anyone would have parted with her. I knew she was either a pup or mixed with a small breed. Her hair was missing on the back side of her body, so I bathed her immediately and doused her with diatomacious earth everyday. Within 10 days or so her hair was filling back in. Our vet said she was nearly a year old and probably would not grow much more. This was good for us. Our other dog Chloe' is a 110 lb Boxer/Great Pyrenees mix. We wanted our next dog to be small enough to travel with us on vacations. We always hate to see Chloe' look at us with her huge sad brown eyes when we went somewhere overnight. This dog appears to be Irish Terrier/Chihuahua mix...maybe. I really have no clue. My neighbor's Jack Russel is much bigger than her. If anyone has an idea of her breed, please share with me.
|Sporting her new Snuggie I ordered her for this winter|
|Prissey and Chloe' chilling in the sunshine and gnawing on a hide.|
I will share more about our building work on my next blog. I have some good pictures of our progress. We are in the middle of hanging wall-board right now. When we complete this phase, I will share more of it. I will go ahead and show you our new landing and stair/ladder though. We built a landing between the 2 lofts, so I would not have to get down and move a ladder to get something down from the opposite side. Now, all I have to do is make my way across the landing to get something I need from the other side. This stair/ladder is sturdy and will not shift on me if I am carrying a heavy bin down from the loft. We will add a rail later when all the wall-board is up. We will paint everything with white primer and I will paint my side all of my fun colors that I have left over from when we built our last house. Then, I will lay our flooring and move in! I found some vinyl at Lowe's in planks that was on sale and we will look for a remnant for my husband's side. I will be gluing, painting, sewing, scrapbooking, and making soap & candles, so my side needs to be easy to clean up. My husband's side will be his office/man-cave.
|New landing & stair/ladder in Big Red|
God bless you all!