Carmen We had to cull two roosters from our little flock today and it is sad. We had 9 hens/3 roos and now that they are laying (and sexually active ) we had to get down to just one rooster to care for the hens. Today, the 10 left are very lethargic. They are sad I know, because two of their flock is missing. I know it won't take long before they are happy chattering birds but it does tell us they have feelings.
August 13 at 12:03 EST .
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BirdsNest Roosters just can't get along. One always wants to be in charge. We have several young birds and I will wager a bet that more than 50% will turn out to be roosters. As long as they don't have a bad attitude I am sure I can find good homes for them.
Make sure the flock gets extra goodies, to take their minds off of the change in number and to boost their energy levels.
August 13 at 21:48 EST .
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Ole buzzard I used to raise Bantams as a 4-H project years ago. I let them range free on the farm. Because I used them as show birds at county fairs, I couldn't trim the roosters' spurs. There were several nasty courtship battles.
August 18 at 14:07 EST .
BirdsNest I got up close and personal with the spurs of a rooster one time. Another time when I was moving one of the moveable pens the rooster freaked and tore a spur off. Blood everywhere and more pouring out. I had to catch him by getting into a 3 ft high closed pen, grab the bleeding spur and get out of that pen while holding him. It must have been 98F outside and I was sweating buckets. Brought him to the house and opened the door to tell Hagar to grab me a silver nitrate stick and a paper towel. I sat outside with him, swabbing the spot with the stick to stop the bleeding. Once it stopped I put him in a cage by himself to make sure he didn't open the wound again. That was intense. He was alright the next day so I put him back with his flock that night after everyone got sleepy.
August 21 at 07:04 EST .
BirdsNest It has been a rough week. Today in the midst of some alarming news I discovered 3 baby chicks had hatched from the eggs Hagar asked me to set under the Silkie hen. My she was proud. These are likely from the big chickens. I say "likely" because they are the eggs I put there, I don't know how many eggs she may have laid herself or eggs she lifted from the other setting hens. All baby chix are fluffy and cute and these are no exception. If I knew how to take a cell phone picture and upload it I would post a picture. Right now I think those instructions would make my head blow off. As I said it has been a rough week.
August 7 at 23:15 EST .
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BirdsNest 5 more Silkie chicks yesterday. Hens still setting eggs. Duck hen setting eggs-she should soon hatch.
My days are filled from early early morning to dark.
August 13 at 21:50 EST .
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StormCnter This little video is all over the Net today. Watch a Rochester, NY, cop try to rescue a baby skunk from the yogurt cup on its head. Then watch the baby try and try and try to spray. Apparently under 3 months, baby skunks can't spray.
BirdsNest Something fun...9 baby Silkie chicks. Six at one time then 2 days later two, then one fussy little fur ball. Their feathers look like fur, especially as babies. I captured one of the hens that had been setting and she got to be the "Mama". The other chicks that hatched are much bigger, I grabbed their mamas and put them back with the flock, at night of course. I secretly think they were glad to be relieved of their duty.Maybe that will help with the consumption of the special diet given to the little ones. Anyway, they make me smile.
July 12 at 20:44 EST .
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Gerty And your post made ME smile! Thank you, Miss Birdie.
July 13 at 21:19 EST .
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BirdsNest Silkies ALWAYS make me smile and I am glad I didn't sell them all last Fall at the swap. I had intended to get rid of all of the chickens. The Universe decided I needed 12 big chickens(gift from a friend ) and the small group of Silkies I had decided to keep. It was also very sweet to see the 3 former mama hens back in the yard with the other Silkies. Now when I throw garden scraps in their pen there are more eager takers.
Gram77 One of the cutest things I've seen on this site.
June 25 at 19:13 EST .
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Bettijo Did I tell you Bogey was named for General Beauregard, a famous Confederate general from Louisiana? General Beauregard was the first to carry the Confederate flag in the First Battle of Bull Run. So, I decided Bogey needed a pillow made from Confederate flag. Do you think I could find one?
Checked on line: Amazon no longer carries them; how about that? I will check Wal-Mart today. Oops! too late. WalMart, eBay, Sears, Target and goodness knows who all have quit selling Confederate flags. One flag manufacturer said he would quit producing them. Guess our song "Dixie" will be banned next.
I found some Rebel flag fabric online, but it was too expensive.
From History of Confederate Flag:
First sewn in 1861 — there were about 120 created for the war — the flag was flown by the cavalry of P.G.T. Beauregard, the Confederacy's first duly appointed general, after he took Manassas, Virginia, in the first Battle of Bull Run.
June 24 at 19:07 EST .
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Balogreene The Confederate Flag is distinctly different from the Confederate Battle Flag (commonly known as Stars and Bars ). The Confederate flag carried at First Manassas was a field of (red or blue, I forget, probably red ), with a blue corner with several stars. It kind of looked like the original US flag from the revolution, but it was close enough to the US flag, it was redesigned.
You can get all the Swastika flags you want. But celebrating our Southern heritage is verboten.
Is Bogey your rescue Siamese? He sure looks good for being a throwaway. You're both very lucky.
June 24 at 21:33 EST .
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Alice I don't know what part of the country you are in, Bettijo, but from Texas across the South you can find the Confederate battle flag along with many others for sale here and there along highways in or near small towns. Of course the ones displayed are much bigger than Bogey would need, and since we've never stopped for one, don't know if they have small flags at all. Maybe truck stops along interstates have small flags of all sorts. You might inquire at historical societies, too.