Thursday, September 2, 2010
Sorry about the long hiatus, but somehow I couldn't get going again after I finished radiation. I thought I'd post a few photos of my chicks, just to show you the growth of the 3 chicks Freckles hatched (2 pullets, 1 rooster) and the one little chick Francine hatched out, Wheatie. Wheatie is going to be a giant when she's grown, maybe even larger than Daisy, my white leghorn. Notice in the 2nd photo how she's already as tall as her mom. I say "she" wishfully because I'm hoping Wheatie is not another rooster! As it is, I don't plan to keep Sultan II. He's shaping up, however, to be as pretty as his pa. He just isn't grown yet and doesn't have the golden cowl around his neck that Sultan the 1st had.
Daisy and Dolly(the Americana)are both laying pretty much every day. Freckles gives me the occasional egg, when she feels up to it. She has tried to set again twice since she hatched her three and both times I've broke her from it by making her stay in the chicken run area at night rather than roosting with the others and in the daytime she's outside the entire compound. The first time I broke her, it took 3 days and nights. The last time, one night was enough! Shows you her pea sized brain might be able to retain a few things.
I keep a little bowl of eggs on my hutch. I love looking at them. Strange as it may sound, those eggs are little treasures to me. The greenish ones are from Dolly, the Americana, the brown ones belong to Daisy, the white leghorn, and the cream ones come from Freckles.
You will probably remember this photo from a previous posting also. This is Freckles with her 3 chicks on the roost when they were little. One of the chicks is hidden underneath her on the roost. The other photo was taken today as the 4 of them roamed the yard together. Freckles is leading the way and Sultan II is bringing up the right flank.
I made a new friend today who lives near here. Her name is Sandra. She lives in the woods out from town and has a blog about foxes. She has videoed these foxes right outside her home. She has an amazing story to tell about a young kit whose head got stuck in a plastic mayonnaise jar! If you'd like to visit her blog the address is www.micanopyfoxwatch.blogspot.com. She has used her photos to create sale items which she has also posted on her blog.
This blogging, especially posting pictures, is time consuming. And I admit, I don't know enough about blogging to make it easier. There is probably a way I could set my blog to let you know when I have something new. I'll try to figure that out, but meanwhile, just check about once every week or so.
Thanks to all of you (mostly one friend in particular) who have encouraged me to continue the blog. We'll see how long I last this time!