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Old 10-16-2019, 04:19 PM
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

I love following this thread and reading about all of your interesting adventures. I love hearing about all the birds, parrots, rats, wildlife, and of course updates on how Freedom is doing.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:04 PM
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

49 birds...I can only imagine the chattering going on there!


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Old 10-17-2019, 02:38 PM
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Boy I tell ya: you don't think of budgies as big eaters until you have 45 of them. Lmao collectively I'd say they eat as much as 6 people(including what the 3 tiels and Freedom also eat), give or take.


Well, if people ate pellets, chop, and seeds, that is.


The new birds, even being in a flock situation, seem completely unwilling to eat food other than seeds though. Even the fledgelings, who usually are pretty willing to try new stuff. Guess too much stress all at once. I'll keep seed in their dishes, millet in their faces, and dishes of tasty chop and or bird safe cooked meals in abundance. They can't hold out forever! Not even Stubborn Alex Bird could hold out forever.





And yeah, the noise is spectacular. I'm sitting in the living room "bird desert" right now, and I can clearly hear both flocks chattering away.


Ohhhhh and I was naughty and didn't keep you guys informed of a couple other things. . ... we have 2 incubators going now stuffed full of eggs. The chickens in the first 'bator started hatching yesterday and we have a box full of lovely mutt chickens from our flock. We also have a couple broody hens in the barn. And the 'bators have duck eggs AND chicken eggs in 'em.


I'll post photos soon, but I wanted to post this, my phone is acting oddly and I think our local cell tower is struggling today. It may drop out, it does that from time to time.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

I think Freedom wants to eat the baby chickens. O.O


We have them temporarily in the bird room since it is the warmest room in the house until we get the wood stove up and running for the year(cleaning the chimney today and/or tomorrow). Every time I go in there to mess with them she says "mmmm!" Which is her way of asking for something edible, demanding something edible, the noise she makes when she eats something particularly tasty, etc.



So I held up a chick where she could clearly see it and told her, "you don't eat chicks! It's a baby! Be nice to the baby"


She responds with eye pinning and "MMMMMMMM!"


Well then, Freedom. Didn't figure you for the baby eating type. Lol


6 chickies hatched from the first incubator(the duck eggs in that incubator have a few more days before they will start to hatch). 5 are teeny(bantam mixes?), 1 is normal chick sized. 5 are mostly black, a couple with yellow, some with white. The big one is dark with a reddish face, and there is one yellow and blue ish chick. I think most are barred rock mixes(no surprises there, we have a TON of barred rocks), the big one might be a wyandotte mix, the little blue/yellow? Your guess is as good as mine. It looks similar to a spitzhauben chick, but all our spitzhaubens from the first group were picked off by predators. The others are too young to breed, and also are penned away from the free range birds.


We have dogs back in our property. At least 2. They have been getting bolder lately and coming up close to our clearing. That is going to be something we have to do something about soon.



Ms. Mallard got got a couple nights ago. We think raccoon got her. She was in the pasture and something had taken her head thru the fence. A dog would have just gone thru the fence. We buried what we could of her. She wasn't friendly like some of our other ducks, but we really liked her. Her mate is wandering around quacking like he is lost without her.


Turkey Bird is still very friendly, but he has finally started to flock with the bronze turkeys rather than the chickens.



Still no kittens, but momma cat brought in what seems like an unlimited number of fleas with her. We have been told not to chemically treat her for fleas while she is pregnant. Nor should we vaccinate her or treat her for worms. So we are dealing with it for now. As soon as those babies are born we will vaccinate mom. Still need to look at worming and flea treating a nursing mom, but vaccination while nursing is safe.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

THE VET WAS WRONG!


Doing the evening antibiotics and foot inspection.... a section of what looked like dead toe tissue broke off to reveal.....


Drumroll please




HEALTHY TOE TISSUE! The tip of the toe is still coated in gunk OR is dead tissue, but the midsection of the toe is STILL ALIVE!!!!!! Hopefully little Sunny as I have been calling her will keep all of that toe. Yay!!!!


Go Sunny, Go!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Come on, mom, pull us on the wagon!


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Wood stove is done and having now done it, we feel exceedingly silly that we were considering paying someone to do it for us. Talk about a simple job once you have the proper equipment.




We have the big cage I inheireted in the house now. We had to take it up the melting porch(it was unsafe last year when we bought the place, but we haven't taken it down and replaced it yet) and thru a door that we really don't use. Storms coming thru tonight and then cold, so we wanted it in the protection of the house. We literally couldn't have waited any longer.. about an hour after it was in the house, the turkeys took out about 1/2 the porch by trying to roost on it. Fatbirds, LOL.


Speaking of fat animals.... when we stopped by the rescue today to borrow a ladder tall enough for us to get up to the roof I met probably the fattest cat I have ever seen in person. A big fat orange kitty. Looked like a fluffy pumpkin. Friendly, too. Hope he gets a home soon. Our friend has been calling him Garfield LMAO


I am utterly exhausted, it was a long day. Still no kittens, and still about 3 or 4 more days until duckies hopefully hatch from the first incubator, and chickens start to hatch from the 2nd incubator. Lockdown starts today, so I have to still unplug automatic egg turners and add more water into the incubators. ETA: also have to do a pre-lockdown candling to see how the eggies look.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Congrats on the wood stove and tacking up ten pages on this Thread!


Really looks like the group wants to travel. Got wagon, will travel!!!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

So as I hinted at in another thread (prefab "aviary" for B&G?), I found Freedom has a line in the sand. The budgies are *her* budgies, and I better not tick them off or she will have things to say on the matter!


I was rearranging budgies to start them bonding with their partners for the year, and they started swearing in budgie language.... Freedom was not pleased. How *dare* I upset her little friends!


Mr. Bug very unexpectedly now has a job. He went over to the rescue to drop off the ladder we borrowed, and got recruited as a helper for walnut season. At least on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the lady half of the rescue couple is working at the spay/neuter clinic and the gentleman half gets overwhelmed doing animal care, meeting with adopters, AND running the walnut stand(they buy and hull the nuts and contract with some company who buys all the hulled nuts. It doesn't sound like the sort of thing that would be very busy, but folks around here are very very poor, and 15$ per 100lbs of hulled nuts is a very appealing offer for locals... cars line up down the road at times to bring nuts to them).


We have decided Mr. Bug is going to take another trip to Previous City in order to pick up a few things, so we mostly are focusing on getting ready for that. Though, we haven't quite decided when exactly he will make the trip.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Never a dull moment I see! The photo of all the "girls" in the wagon was super lol I told my brother if he sets up for bee's and hives, I'm going to "rent" a coop and 6 cluckers I've been reading up on them and not only are they adorable,but smart,and can make awesome pets






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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Chickens are AWESOME. Such personalities in these birds. And the fresh eggs just can't be beat!



And "girls" is right. At least 2 on the wagon are boys. The black and silver one in the front is a boy named Webster. He isn't my favorite bird.... he lies to the ladies by making the "tuk tuk tuk tuk" noise that means "come here ladies, I found something yummy" while messing with rocks, sticks, etc non edible things and then grabs the girls roughly when they get close enough and tries to erm, fail at hopscotch. He isn't aggressive to people so we have kept him around in the hopes he will start to be nicer to the girls. So far no luck tho and he is still a jerk. The lighter black and white striped one behind him(from the camera. in front of the way he is looking) is also a boy. His name is Baron for no other reason than he used to roost in the chicken trees with Duchess(brown leghorn, one of my favorite hens) so I started to call him Baron while evicting them so a raccoon wouldn't climb the tree at night and eat them. Baron is a nice bird, but Barred Rocks aren't my favorite breed. Shrug, he just needs to be good to the ladies and not aggressive to people or other roosters in order to stay here. He does behave himself, so he isn't going anywhere.


Turkey Bird on the wagon we still aren't sure if male or female, we go back and forth on it but I guess time will tell. He is a real character of a bird tho. Very much a pet.


Still no kittens, but we figured out a workaround for the flea situation- putting a seresto collar on one of our other indoor cats and letting her hang out in the same room as momma cat. I have heard seresto collars will also treat the area around the animal wearing the collar, so maybe that will work. We did something similar when I was living with my mom. Three dogs lived with us at the time: Lilly- a then 16 or so year old beagle, Bear Bear- an 8 or so year old at the time mixed breed, and Seymour- a 6 or so year old Scotty mutt. We didn't want to treat Ms. Lilly because she was so old, and Bear Bear weighs 4 lbs when she has been hitting the dog food a little hard, so Mr. Scruffles(Seymour, my dog) got to wear the collar and it seemed to take care of the problem for all 3 dogs. Hopefully that trick works again.


We also got a whole bunch of goodies for the fids while out. I can't wait for lights on to spoil them all. Papaya, aloe leaf, sugar snap peas, cranberries... also got 2 coconuts, 20 little gourds of various kinds, small pumpkins, and a big pumpkin to let Freedom carve with that can opener on her face. Tomorrow is going to be fun!


So far out of the shell are 3 ducklings and about 6 chicks from the other incubator. They still need a day or 2 in the incubator before they can come out and go into a brooder.


I'm pooped. It is nearly 1 in the morning and we still have a bit more to do for the critters tonight. Days when we go to town are *long* days. Tomorrow is another long day, and Mr. Bug is leaving bright and early Saturday morning. Hopefully either the kittens are born before he leaves or after he gets back. In addition to him wanting to be here for that, he will be taking our only vehicle so if anything goes wrong getting to the vet wouldn't be an easy thing to do. We do have friends who would be willing to take me and a kitty to the vet in the case of emergency, but their vehicles would only be able to reach the neighbor's farm. I would have to walk out with Fionna(momma cat).



Hopefully it will be a smooth delivery, though. Fionna is not obviously old or young. Firmly an adult kitty so no teen mom drama or anything like that.
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