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Old 11-18-2020, 09:31 PM
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Just a few quick photos. Butters the Greeter welcoming Hubbs home from the store, Himawari Cuddlypants right before a much needed wing trim(she gets her legs caught on the long feathers when she scratches her head and they get all ratty and torn up), the female fancy mice when we first brought them home and opened up the box(note the fat brindle in the lower right, awe she is one of my favorites. :3), and our bridge under water again.



The goose did not end up making it. we don't know what happened to her. She seemed to be doing a little better and then suddenly passed away one night. we buried her out in the woods in case it was anything contageous. we had had her isolated from the other geese for a while, hopefully they are ok.



It is starting to get cold, so we have the radiator on all the time now in the bird room. It is supposed to warm up a bit over the next few days, but we will see I suppose. The time to start the wood stove for the year is fas approaching.



We are considering breeding Mischief on her next heat. She is old enough now, and Seymour is getting up there(nearly 12). He is a small terrier mix tho so is still quite spry and youthful, but still I don't want to wait until he is an old dog to get a puppy from him. The other puppies in the litter should have no trouble finding homes(edit: not that we would keep only 1, and if it is a small litter we may even keep all. Seymour was 1 of only 4), should be a very good mix. Mischief is a full stock Blue Heeler, and Seymour is 50% Scottish Terrier 25% Rat Terrier 25%Chihuahua. Pups should excel in herding, varmint patrol, family or kid dogs, should be very smart and easy to train, very people oriented, high energy, high drive, very loyal, and somewhere around 20lbs as adults.. small and easy to fit in any size home without being mini/toy/"useless"()... good dogs.



Other than that not too much has been going on. We are staying home mostly, as usual, and that's about it. One of the rabbits has a gross abcess where he poked himself with a nail, but it is draining now and we are going to give him a shot of penicillin when we get to the feed shop next. Rabbits are very particular about which antibiotics administered in what way will work, as many are harmful or fatal if misused. We are planning/hoping to get out tomorrow, we will see how it goes. Cross your fingers.


Off to cook dinner now.. teriyaki style pork chops and veggies. Yum!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

I love pictures! You always have soooo much going on!!! I wouldn't be able to keep up wuth you!!!
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Ms Bug...I just LOVE Butters!..and Cuddlepants lmao! Not so much Rattatooi Bummer about the bridge over troubled waters
Would love to have a pet bun-bun or even a "Mrs Cluck-Cluck" ( what I'd name a chicken lol)
You and Mr Bug have a lot going on there in the "holler". And how DO you EVER come up with your critters names????

Best wishes to you and Mr Bug and all the critters down on the farm,from me and Amy and The Beebs and David on this upcoming and "different" holiday season.
My son is getting married December 5th. With all that is happening with this effin virus and our State digressing.and my not-so-good health..I don't even know if I can/will risk it. He and wife-to-be Stephanie expect 50+ guests.


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Old 11-19-2020, 07:39 PM
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My poor poor Mr. Seymour Butts. (Spoiler: he is not seriously ill or dead, just his pride) This morning we discovered a gross pus-y slick eew area on his hip. No idea what it is.. my first thought was spider bite since we have had about 30 billion and a half spiders come into the house this year to take refuge from the winter. My grandmother had a dog get bitten over in Georgia and the poor doggo got VERY sick, and her back dissolved in some areas, even under intensive vertrinary care by a good and trusted vet.

We got him outside and washed off. It is very superficial, not hot swollen or red at all, but wet and definitely oozing pus and tender.



We sent photos to a group of family members thru text.. most of whom breed or have bred AKC dogs, many who show dogs, and work them on their farms. Lifelong dog owners all, and experts each in their own right. Not that I am not an experienced dog owner myself, but that I have never encountered this before. My one aunt diagnosed it as a hot spot, so we started to calm down a little. Tho I have never had a dog get a hotspot, I know what they are and that they are not rare nor particularly serious. They are basically an allergy. Seymour has always had dandruff, and a recent diet change no doubt pushed him into hotspot territory.


So we got him outside again and washed the whole area down and really investigated. Sure enough, he has 2 more itty bitty spots starting. We put peroxide and left it for a few seconds and then rinsed off real well. Put iodine next and left that on. And now for the loss of dignity....


We tried to bandage it first with bright orange vetrap and a gauze pad, but in order to get it to stay it ended up too tight so we undid that and decided to try a doggy diaper. We have itty bitty ones and big dog ones. The itty bitty ones didn't fit at all, so we took a big one and put it on and tried to vetrap a belt for him(this roll was hot pink) that sorta worked. We used an old halloween costume as a diy e-collar. Well, unsurprisingly the diaper came off, and the halloween costume also failed. Oh well, it was good for many, many laughs before the getup failed. We were able to distract him for a little while with a kong smeared with peanut butter, but he is no longer distracted and keeps trying every few minutes to lick at it. We are buying an e collar online.



We are going to clipper him when we find the backup clippers(don't want to use the same ones Mr. Bug cuts his hair with, eew!) But with winter coming, it already being cold, and him only being around 16 lbs, we will have to make him wear a sweater! Plus that should help to heep him from messing with the spots. We will apply cortisone cream, clean daily, and change his diet back to what it had been-home made! I used to feed him a variety of real foods, with a majority being raw meat bones and organs. When covid came around we started feeding him kibble. Obviously this was a mistake and we will switch him back. Him and a few of the other dogs. We always fed the big dogs kibble, but Sey ate majority raw since he was about 11 months old. Lucky we adopted from being a street dog in puerto rico, so he never really ate kibble until recently either. Mischief has eaten "dog food" her whole life unfortunately. She is about a year and a half old or so. We will get all 3 small dogs back on better food. Hopefully this will clear up Sey's skin issues and prevent any in the others.



But for now with Seymour having skin/diet problems and Mischief expected to come into season any day now, we will be waiting for her next cycle to breed her. No sense in adding stress right now when they need a few things sorted out.




As far as names, it depends in the critter. LOL Seymour is named after the dog on Futurama. Lucky was so named because is indeed very lucky. He was a street dog in Puerto Rico(dogs are not treated well there), and someone caught him and tied him to their vehicle and dragged him 30 ft. Someone saw this and stopped them and bought the dog from them(basically paid them to go away), and rushed him to the vet.... fast forward thru his treatment and his hero sent him to the mainland to be put up for adoption. One day we were in Petco for crickets on an adoption fair day, and the rest is history. Interesting aside, the day we brought him home we were nearly run off the road by an aggressive driver. Everyone was OK.


Chance we found shot full of holes in a field with an office staple in her ear. I named her after a dog who had been found with a horribly imbedded collar on a vet channel I used to watch when we had better internet access. We found her while looking at a property to buy before we found the one we are on. The cat rescue fostered her for us and oversaw her vet work while we were still finding a property to buy, and moving here. The place we were in before moving would not have allowed us to have a dog her size. We did sneak her in for the very last month or so before we moved.


Rico came to us named Repo, and that was not something we were willing to call a dog. He didn't even seem to have noticed the change, lol. Rico is a very easygoing guy. Mischief got her name because heelers are very mischievious, and I thought it would be a cute name. Himawari is named after a cartoon baby who crawls around being sassy and fabulous. It means sunflower in Japanese, so it also works on that level. her last name changes with my and her mood lol. Sassypants, Flatbird, etc


Butters and Professor Chaos are both named after aspects of Butters Stotch from South Park. Fish is named because he is a strange fish, lol IDK. Robin is Robin Goodfellow, or Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream.


The cats sorta just have the names they have. Charlie seemed like a "Charlie", Jellybean is a cute name, and Hubbs named Fionna because he liked the name lol


The snake is named after a greek mathematician(Hypatia), the Tegu named after a dragon rider in a book (Jaxom)... one of the mice we call... [colorful word for one's rear] Hat due to being all white except for a black speck on his bum.


Fatty Dingdog was a caracter on a cartoon show Metalocalypse, plus I just about died laughing when a friend suggested the name, so


Freedom because she spent 28 years in a cage, Boomer because he shouts a lot lol, Rin after a merchant character in a video game.. lol the list goes on


Best wishes to you and yours as well! And best wishes for your son's upcoming marriage! Covid is forcing tough decisions on us all. Mr. Bug and I have decided to put off our wedding until after covid has calmed down. We have been legally married for over a year now, what is waiting a little longer to throw a party? But if we weren't already legally married it would have been a much tougher decision. Stupid virus.
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"Fatty Dingdog was a caracter on a cartoon show Metalocalypse, plus I just about died laughing when a friend suggested the name, so "


The very first time I saw your first post about "Fatty Dingdong the fabulously rude parakeet" I almost **** myself!!



kinda knew from then that you are a very...ummmm..."unique" kind of woman Thank you for all the great laughs you bring out!


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Fatty was such an awesome bird. A dear little imp. Ahh so many good memories. Miss him lots and lots.


Stupid cat.
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So, on advice of my cousin, another lifelong dog owner(LOL the only person in my family who doesn't have a dog or dogs is my brother, the weeeeirdoooo. He has 2 cats tho, and had dogs growing up, also worked in a kennel for a while) who also works at an emergency vet, we revised Seymour's treatment plan. I am happy to say that as of last night his hip is no longer oozing pus and is just a regular old scabby area now. Hooray for chlorhexidine! Now we just just gotta make sure it keeps healing and no new ones pop up! He has been off the kibble since the day we noticed the hotspot, so cross your fingers that we are thru the worst of it! Seymour is such a champ letting me mess with a sore spot all the time with very few complaints. <3


The birdos are all molting like crazy. Freedom looks ratty and pathetic, poor gal. Himawari Hotpants has lost the longest feathers in her tail and looks so ridiculous. Girl! It is going on winter, not short-short weather! [Giggle]


We had a rat give birth to 17 babies!! WOW! We will have to thin out the litter sadly. 17 is just too many for her to raise. If we reduce the number now she will lose less condition and the babies will be healthier. With 17 some would end up starving to death anyway. Taken now, we will be able to humanely euthanize them and give them to the Tegu as a prehibernation snack(have to wake him up first), and the rest of the babies will grow up fat and happy. Momma is stressed by the babies. She has many piles(code for oh gosh, too many!) And is usually hiding from the babies curled around an apple to prevent any sneaking in for a feed, and also probably to soothe her chest. I can't imagine trying to feed 17 babies! We will bring it down by about half, she should be able to raise 7-9 just fine. They are itty bitty babies, too. I mean, where would she have space to carry 17 growing baby ratlets in her belly? Not a particularly friendly momma, but she has been very friendly lately, ("give me a break from these monsters, human! Please! I'll be nice to you!")
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!



Today and yesterday has been a crazy cooking fest. We have no oven, and only a 2 burner hot plate, so we mucst cook a little at a time.



We have acorn squash and bacon mini-pies, green bean casserole, mashed spuds, stuffing with diced turkey breast casserole(a whole turkey won't fit in any of our pots)... hoping to have an actual kitchen for next year's Thanksgiving. With all considered for 2020, we are very fortunate. We may not have running water or an oven, but we didn't have to wait in line at a food bank for our food. None of our relatives have covid. We have our wonderful birds, our amazing farm. We have each other, and we have you guys here on Parrot Forums. Hope you guys all have a wonderful holiday.



I'm also cooking special meals for all of the critters. It is Thanksgiving for them too afterall.
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!



Today and yesterday has been a crazy cooking fest. We have no oven, and only a 2 burner hot plate, so we mucst cook a little at a time.



We have acorn squash and bacon mini-pies, green bean casserole, mashed spuds, stuffing with diced turkey breast casserole(a whole turkey won't fit in any of our pots)... hoping to have an actual kitchen for next year's Thanksgiving. With all considered for 2020, we are very fortunate. We may not have running water or an oven, but we didn't have to wait in line at a food bank for our food. None of our relatives have covid. We have our wonderful birds, our amazing farm. We have each other, and we have you guys here on Parrot Forums. Hope you guys all have a wonderful holiday.



I'm also cooking special meals for all of the critters. It is Thanksgiving for them too afterall.
That menu with only 2 burners & no oven? ?? Impressive, your kitchen talent is amazing!
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Always a challenge, but an opportunity to have a daylong staged eat feast!!

A Wonderful Thanksgiving on the Farm!!!

Bless you and your's dear lady!
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