Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I hate Heat ... some Pictures

*****This Heat SUCKS*****
Still too damned Hot. I had a bad episode last Wednesday and about went out. It was 94 with a heat index of 109. When I first went out the door I was already feeling queasy, but needed to feed the bird supper. It only take about 20 minutes. About half way through I was dizzy, head was killing me, felt like I was going to puke, and everything was starting to ripple. I pushed on, IDIOT. By the time I was done I was forcing my eyes open and fighting to stay upright. I almost tripped over Barbara(cat) trying to get back to the house. I managed to get to the living room couch and hung on for the trip. I had my head pressed against the back of the couch and had ahold of the couch and was pulling down with my hands trying not to 'float' away. Everything was spinning and rippling. My brain was floating and the sweat was flowing like a river. Tried to drink some water, but it was all I could do not to puke. The ceiling fan is all I had to try and cool down. I just set there holding on. It was about 30 minutes before I could open my eyes. Another hour and I had to try to shut the birds up for the night. Luckily Mom was watching me closely and took care of most of the birds. I went in and took a shower, then a cold shower to try to cool off. Took another hour before I managed to eat a cubed steak biscuit. I forced each bite down and a bottle of water, but by the last bite I was feeling quite a bit better. In fact I went and made another. Took 2 days to be completely back to normal. I would call that a lesson learned.

*****Picture Day*****
I went out to take some pictures today.

This is JJ. He is a my big Black Cochin Roo. He is Show Quality, but his feathers are tore all to pieces. His tail mound is almost gone. He has gotten nasty and wet so much that his feathers are kind of flat now.This is Nicolette and Scrunchy. Scrunchy is a frizzled bantam cochin mix who is broody. Nicolette is a Standard Splash Cochin that is also broody. I had them shut out of the house to keep them away from the nests. Nicolette used to be a show hen, but tore her comb up a couple years ago.This is JJ's and Nicollete's son, Smoke. This Blue boy is only 9.5 weeks old. He is looking really nice, but time will tell whether he will be a show bird/breeder or if I have to find him a home.This is JW. He is a 14 week old Blue Cream Light Brown Dutch. He has another molt to go before he is in his adult feathers/colors. I am hopeful for him since I need a new breeder.This is one of the Blue Cream Light Brown Dutch Pullets(Creamalicious). Also 14 weeks old and needs one more molt to adult feathers. I am keeping her and her sister(Dovey) no matter the quality.This is my one eyed Mixed breed bantam, Caramel. She is 5 years old. I love her to death and do whatever she demands of me. We were cricket hunting today.I have 7 chicks from the TriColored Mixes running around. At least 2 of them are Caramel's. They are mixes, but they breed true. BigSis is raising 5 of them, as well as 3 others, and Dumpling has the other 2(no Dumpling pictures)
AND just because she was in the way I had to take some pictures of Barbara.
Here is the Album for anyone that wants to see the rest of the pictures.

~~Matt~~

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I am melting...

It is almost 2 in the morning and I am still up. It is just too hot and humid to try and lay down. With 2 window fans going it is still 82 in my bedroom. The rest of the house is worse. I have lived in this house all my life, except for my years at Appstate, and it has never had AC. Then, of course, it has never been this hot. Tomorrow or today, will be even worse. 99 degrees with a heat index of 110. I can't take this and I am really worried about my birds. They have water and shade, but I am letting them out all day to find the best spots they can so that they can try to survive this. The heat is supposed to break Thursday, but I don't know if everyone will make it till then. We are in the beautiful foothills of NC and it is NOT supposed to be this hot here. Humid, YES, but not this damned HOT!

~~Matt~~