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{Photo of the Day} 31.07.2017

{Flock Updates} Cotton Puffs

My mom bought 15 White Polish chicks a few weeks ago. They hatched on Monday & arrived this morning from Murray McMurray Hatchery (along with a Mystery Chick – the brown little cinnamon roll in the middle of all the cotton puffs). I was beyond surprised that all 16 chicks were alive & active because I was honestly expecting some to die. 

The chicken side of the Flock just doubled. Mom wanted more Polish & I also missed having that breed in the Flock, but my main hope is that more females will chill all my dudes out some so they stop fighting with each other as much as they have started to. 

Arya is beside herself with excitement about the new editions. Toki is beside himself with exasperation about not getting his room back for another month. 

I’ve never had to raise this many chicks yet. It’ll be an adventure, that’s for sure. I’ve already decided that each one will get a nail polish dedicated to them so I can tell who’s who as they grow. Except for the Mystery Chick, obviously, since that one is definitely unique. It was listed as a “rare & exotic” mystery chick, but I have no idea what breed it is. Time to round up 16 names!

{Flock Update} Momma’s Little Monster(s)

Because I’m terrible at waiting to do things, I decided to try to get the baby dragons to walk around on the ground. As I should have predicted, it didn’t go as smoothly as I planned.

Fin was the first one out of the travel crate, as usual. He may have been the second one to hatch, but he is always the first to try something new. He didn’t last very long on the ground before he flew up to my shoulder.

We then waited for Sy & Mim to work up the courage to come out. This took a little time. Sy followed the same path as Fin: out of the crate, quickly walk from ground to my leg, then up to my shoulder next to Fin. Mim, on the other hand, flew straight from the crate to my shoulder & ended up on top of his brothers instead of me. I shouldn’t have been wearing a tank top for this. They have sharp tiny nails now. Also, all 3 crapped on me before I got them back to their pen & it got all over. It was just a bad fashion choice for this experiment.

I also got pecked in the eye 4 times by Sy. That little turd always goes for my eyes. Anyhow, I spent a good portion of 30 minutes with these three sitting along my outstretched arm (thankfully, my hands only go painfully numb if my arm is bent), watching the rest of the birds do their bird thing. Damien, Richmond & Dalton came by a couple of times, but they were mostly interested in doing their parameter patrolling. Ronan, Mumbles & Mina were very interested in the peachicks & kept coming back to stare at them. Ronan was very upset he couldn’t also fit on my shoulder with them.

After some time, Fin ventured off me to the top of the carry crate. He was followed by Sy. From there, Fin went to the deck & Sy followed. 

Mim did not follow.

Eventually, Fin & Sy explored the ground a bit before circling back around to me. 

It wasn’t what I expected them to do. I kind of expected that they would rush out of the travel crate & be a pain in the ass to round back up. They haven’t been as clingy since I’ve been putting them outside all day with the other birds, so it surprised me that they didn’t leave me to explore the new area. Not really helping me with not being a helicopter mom with them.

{Photo of the Day} 21.07.2017

(trying to get them to use a waste free feeder)

{Flock Updates} Dracarys!


Syrax


Fin Fang Foom


Mad Mim

Some time next week, these three should be ready to be on the ground and outside 24/7. I’m still not sure if I’ll be ready for that.

{Flock Updates} I’m In So Much Trouble

Mim has been recovering very well! So well, in fact, that all three of my baby dragons have been spending most of their days outside in a playpen I’ve got set up in the aviary (which I still haven’t gotten help fixing from the last windstorm). I love watching them jump & fly around when they’re outside. I love watching them preen & fall asleep on top of the box next to their brooder. 

I am so in love with these three. I never thought I’d get this attached to them. I don’t know if I can hatch & raise peachicks to sell. They are so delightful, even though they stink so much now I have to clean the brooder every two days & that’s just from them being in it at night now. 

At the end of the month, they should be fully feathered & ready to start walking around in the ground! It’ll be fun to see them running around in the grass & weeds. So many pictures!

On the 24th, the order of white polish chickens my mom placed should be shipped. We needed more hens here after the bounties the Year of the Rooster gave me this spring & I couldn’t find anyone on CL that wasn’t trying to unload large fowl chickens (Ava’Dara is the only non-bantam we have), we ended up placing an order with a hatchery. Also, my mom missed seeing the IthakÄ“ ladies out there with Odysseus & no one in the whole of Colorado had any polish hens. 

I think once this group can integrate with the others (probably sometime in September, depending on the weather), it’ll calm things down between all the dudes I have currently. Ronan & Lucien have been getting into fights lately & that’s just very much out of character for those two. I definitely feel like it has to do with One-Two & Mumbles being next to them, but I’m not sure. I don’t know enough about chickens to be 100% about anything with them. I guess I’ll find out soon if my feeling is correct.

{Photo of the Day} 02.07.2017


{Photo of the Day} 01.07.2017

{Flock Updates} That’s Not Supposed To Be There

While trying to drench Mim yesterday morning, I noticed he had something stuck in the back of his throat. Normally, the peafowl mouth/throat is terrifying on its own, so you can imagine the freak out I had when it looked like something was crawling out of it. Looked like a sarlac pit for a minute. Anyhow, I got Dad to hold him while I fished the object out, and it turned out to be a wood chip collecting food particles! I was immensely relieved because, being a World Champion Jump To Conclusions Mat player that I am, I had convinced myself he had gapeworm. You know, despite the fact there’s absolutely no way he could have gotten it in the first place. Mim also seemed very relieved to have it out of his throat.

(i was trying to get a picture of Mim sleeping under the heater, but Sy kept popping up)

Yesterday, he was doing much better. Well enough to really fight getting his meds. 

Today, he actually flew out of the brooder and into my hands and he took his meds with some egg yolk! Who knows how long that wood chip was in there, in just glad my tiny Mad Mim is back to normal.