I have not been on here in awhile. In fact this is only my second post for the year. That is awful. What a waste of the perfectly good blog. I have read alot of other blogs and kept up on most. I just don't post very often. I seem to spend more time on facebook and backyardchickens.com.
A little catching up about me. I got sick again with the same respiratory crap. Got better, then almost got sick again when I went to a poultry show the beginning of March. I spent too much time in the show hall around all that dust/dander set my lungs on FIRE. As soon as I got home I took a hot shower. That made the coughing more intense, but I think that is what finally got it out. I took another hot shower that evening and streamed out the lungs again. I was coughing up some nasty stuff, but within a week the cough was gone and I have been fine since. I normally get sick once every 2-3 years with the flu, but this past winter about killed me. Started with food poisoning or the stomach flu the beginning of September, a head cold/sinus infection the beginning of november, that almost cleared up then migrated to my lungs. That kept me coughing and in a cycle of sickness in one way or another until mid MARCH. Winter SUCKED.
On to the birds. Lost some gals to old age, my Standard Cochin rooster had a heartache, lost a couple to parasites, and 3 to a neighbor's dog. I had to deal with the dog when the neighbor wouldn't. I hate to hurt any animal, but will if I have too. The parasites are bad this year. With the lack of a real winter, the ground didn't get "cleaned" out like it should have. That means worms and cocci are still in abundance. There is also some sort of mite that keeps getting on the birds too. It is easily killed, but then comes right back. This coming weekend I am spraying the houses down completely with permethrin II. I am tired of this crap and I know the birds that get infested are tired of them too.
I bought some day old chicks from ShookPoultry 3 weeks ago. I had planned to give them to 'Mama Daisy' to raise, but she broke from her broodiness 2 days before. Luckily 'Rescue' was broody too. The problem is that 'Rescue' had only been here a few months, was only 8 months old, and had never been a mother. I had no idea if she would adopt chicks she did not hatch. Some hens will, some won't. I know Daisy would have if she were still broody. Either 'Rescue' was going to adopt them or I was going to have to raised the new chicks. When I got home with my new chicks, I decided to give her a try. Mom could reach her better, so she put 2 chicks under 'Rescue' and we waited. A broody grawls, but a broody switching to mother mode clucks. After a few seconds we heard a very soft cluck. A few more seconds and another cluck. That is a good sign. Added 2 more chicks and waited. This time she was definately clucking. A chick popped out from under her and was a couple inches in front of 'Rescue'. Truth time. 'Rescue' raised her self up off the nest slowly, stared, and then started clucking for the chick to get back in. The chick ran towards her and dissappeared into feathers. YYEEESSSSS!!! 'Rescue' lowered herself back down, gently shuffled a little, and settled into a gentle rythmic cluck. I started handing Mom chicks and she gave all 9 to 'Rescue'.
This was 5 days after.
I guess that is enough for now. I will try to post regularly. I will shoot for weekly.
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