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{Photo of the Day} 28.02.2016

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Lamont came out of the shadows in the barn this morning and scared the crap out of me. I was expecting a skunk (yes, she really is that big), but got a panhandling feral rabbit instead.

Speaking of, my hands are apparently very lickable? I don’t know if it’s my lotion or what, but the dogs, the rabbits, and the ponies always lick my hands and try to eat them. Maybe my hands are just sweaty and they all think I’m walking around with salt licks attached to my arms.

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I was eating lunch while keeping an eye on everyone when I heard what sounded like a clown car horn convention start up in the barn. Damien was up on the top of The Family’s enclosure in the barn and wasn’t happy about it, and Richmond and Dalton were responding in kind. The funny thing I’ve noticed about these peafowl is that, sometimes, they fly up on top of things and then suddenly forget how to get back down. I wonder if peafowl don’t have great eyesight and they just have a more difficult time gaging how far down they would have to drop? It can’t be that bad because I watched Damien race across the yard to chase down a pigeon that was checking out the chickens. I haven’t figured it out yet why they do that – fly up onto something high, forget they can fly off it. On a side note, Damien has started to make a completely different noise lately. I think he’s trying to figure out his mating call and it sounds like a dude going through puberty and it cracks me up.

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More adventures in pullet eggs! So, these are calcium deposits. They happen when the pullet/hen has too much calcium and needs to get rid of it. Whoever laid this one needs to give that calcium to the one laying the thin shelled eggs lately! One of these days, I might figure out a good balance for everyone.

{Flock Updates} Weather Changes

It has been so nice lately, so of course the weather’s going back to what it normally is (cold, possibly snowy) starting tomorrow through Tuesday, I think. Heading into March, it’s something you expect when you live here. March & April are usually the wettest months we have, as the snow is that heavy wet snow that turns to slush almost immediately. Snow happens here into May sometimes, as we get maybe a week or two of Spring before Summer hits & the sun tries to kill everyone with a dry heat.

Since the weather has been nice, I’ve been letting the birds out to free range in the yard. Because of my unfortunate immune deficiency now & catching every illness you could catch right now, I’ve only been able to let them out for about an hour or so at a time. It has given me the chance to try to figure out a plan for when the snow stops & I can separate the Ithakē flock from the Normady & Section 20 flocks & I can have Section 20 out in a flight pen (the chicken yard with a net covering). I think I have a pretty solid plan, but I also had a solid plan for my original coop & we all know how that went. The plus side of this plan is that it’s simple & wouldn’t take to much construction & that means it’s less likely that Dad will just take over the project (unless he needs a project to keep him busy & then I guess I’m not going to say anything since they’re going to let me build a tiny house in the field).

I want to get something set up so that Section 20 isn’t penned up during the day for the non-snowy parts of the year. It was okay this winter because they weren’t as big as they are now. Damien’s train is going to start growing out more seriously sometime this year & I want them to have room for themselves & his train.

I’m also ordering hatching eggs from Boggy Bottom Bantams again, so I want to get Normandy & Ithakē settled before I start that. I’m ordering 7 again & I’m hoping I’ll hatch at least 2 like I did last year (& that at least one of them will be an Ayam Cemani). I was going to order chicks, but the idea of picking up a box full of dead chicks seriously just does not work for me & I’d rather go through the hatching process instead. In addition to the 4 Cemani eggs, I’ll also be getting 1 Black Ohiki, 1 Blue Silver Quail d’Anvers (which might end up being a Splash like Ava’Dara) & 1 Black Phoenix Bantam.

I have, of course, already compiled a list of possible names should any of them hatch.

The second week in March, I’m taking Memnoch & Mercury in to see Dr. Miller so she can give them a quick check out before I reunite them with the rest of the Normandy Flock. I just want to make sure they’re doing okay & didn’t catch something over Winter in the barn with all the wild birds, mice & rabbits. I also need to get them all dewormed before the weather stops going warm/freezing & stays on hot/warm, so I need to know what the easiest way to deworm a flock would be & what deworming meds I can use. There’s no way I can do one by one anymore, especially since Richmond & Dalton are very wary of me being close to them. There has to be an easier way than drenching. I mean, that was stressful enough for me trying to get their mouths open & making sure I drenched down the esophagus & not the trachea. I’m positive it was stressful on each of them I had to do that with.

I have enjoyed having the Demon Twins on their own. Mercury has finally started to let me handle her without freaking out. That hasn’t happened since Zelda attacked her. Plus, they let me take pictures of them unlike the other birds & I like having them as my rustic models.

{Photo of the Day} 27.02.2016

{Photo of the Day} 26.02.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 25.02.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 24.02.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 23.02.2016

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I keep finding Ava’Dara by herself & it’s pretty clear that she never assimilated into the flock. I don’t know why, but it makes me very sad. I hope when I separate out the Ithakē Flock & move Memnoch & Mercury in with rest that the regime change will help her assimilate into the Normandy Flock.

{Photo of the Day} 22.02.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 21.02.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 20.02.2016

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