The expensive Calico Orpington chicks have presented a unique issue. It’s also killing them. They appear to not understand that shoving themselves into every hole they possibly see is a bad idea for their health. I’ve lost several to this weird fetish of theirs. One had shoved itself into a CHICK FEEDER, wings twisted up… Continue reading Burrowing Chickens?
It may finally be Spring, as heralded by the constant drizzle for several days. We had an event trip, where I field-trialed my freeze dried foods. That went well. I got to eat REAL FOOD while traveling. So cool. But my knee decided to act up, and made it difficult for me to take care… Continue reading Spring, Finally, Maybe?
It has been a week of new additions here. First, the Saga of the USPS Shipment. Some painfully expensive chicks were purchased because the breeder had a substantial hatch occur, and there were enough to justify the acquisition (plus shipping costs). Same breeder as the Black Copper Marans hatching eggs that are currently in the… Continue reading Chicks, Buns, and more Chicks
Yeah, yeah, I know what the time stamp will say. 🙂 But I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it counts. I just wanted to post the picture of cute new born rabbit kits. It’s a meat mutt litter, unless one turns up with a characteristic I’m looking for in the crossing. Nine, the largest… Continue reading 4/13/19
After several days of being barely functional due to migraine, I managed to beat it back early this afternoon. Naturally, this meant I had to shoehorn in all of the tasks I meant to accomplish on Saturday AND Sunday only on about half of Sunday. Accordingly, I’m a bit tired. 🙂 Two of the current… Continue reading Long day
My first batch of “barnyard mix”, blue & green eggs, are in the incubator. It’s day four, so I candled the eggs. Six of about 15 are definitely fertile and developing. The rest are … questionable. Some are more questionable than others. There were a few cold nights/days during the time I was collecting those… Continue reading Hatching Eggs
It’s not pretty, but the nest box has been expanded. It’s not pretty because it’s a bunch of scrap wood from other projects or trashed from a friend who gets large shipping crates. I work with what I can get, and “scraps free” make things … easier. Previously, the top section was a single, long… Continue reading Expanded Nest box
After being deeply irritated by the last few weeks of fodder issues, I’ve decided that it’s the seed itself. The last batch of bag giving me problems was started 2 days ago, and I just picked four or five patches of white fuzzy seeds off of it. Bleh. I have rearranged the fodder shelf, with… Continue reading Moldy Seed
We’ve been SICK. Accordingly, I have tried hard to minimize my handling and the rabbits’ exposure to me directly. I’ve had antibiotics for two and a half days now, so felt safe(r) handling the fluffbutts. So far, all three of the currently nursing litters are doing well. The weather’s been all over the place for… Continue reading Open Eyes
Fodder The Awkwardly Placed Fodder Tower is now at full production. It looks like each tray will provide 3.25 to 3.75 pounds of sprouted fodder, under the best yields I have gotten so far. Three trays yields about 10.5 pounds, which works out to 21 servings. Looks like this will be enough to satiate the… Continue reading Fodder & Frustrations