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Old 05-08-2019, 04:39 PM
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Feed shops are dangerous places for bird lovers this time of year, lol. Tempted *every* time we go in one hahaha.



Speaking from experience: a duck or two make(very messy) good pets. And my limited experience raising turkeys says they tame down easily and nicely too(but are bigger, and likely your tsc has broad breasted breeds of turkey. They get even bigger than heritage birds, and sadly they have an expiration date... they just keep growing and eventually end up too big to be a turkey sadly, and they have skeleton and organ issues from being too big).


You know, they make diapers for chickens and ducks who live as housepets.......


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

Yes, you are such a bad influence!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

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Feed shops are dangerous places for bird lovers this time of year, lol. Tempted *every* time we go in one hahaha.



Speaking from experience: a duck or two make(very messy) good pets. And my limited experience raising turkeys says they tame down easily and nicely too(but are bigger, and likely your tsc has broad breasted breeds of turkey. They get even bigger than heritage birds, and sadly they have an expiration date... they just keep growing and eventually end up too big to be a turkey sadly, and they have skeleton and organ issues from being too big).


You know, they make diapers for chickens and ducks who live as housepets.......


I'm such a bad influence.
"Diapers for chickens and ducks that live as house pets".....? I need those! My pullet keeps on pooping whenever I bring her in. And she poops a lot!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Even Amazon sells them.


Had to hobble out in the yard yesterday to team up with George and chase off a snake from around the coop. Big guy, mush have smelled the new baby chicks. Snakes are just fine in my book, but they need to stick to eating pests thankyouverymuch, and leave my new baby chicks ALONE!!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

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Even Amazon sells them.


Had to hobble out in the yard yesterday to team up with George and chase off a snake from around the coop. Big guy, mush have smelled the new baby chicks. Snakes are just fine in my book, but they need to stick to eating pests thankyouverymuch, and leave my new baby chicks ALONE!!
I laughed when I read this one....we don’t have any snakes that eat chickens in my area and I’m always trying to save the garter snakes from being eaten by my chickens and turkeys
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:19 PM
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

We have the little guys too. But we also have big'uns. I don't think that snake could have eaten an adult chicken. Killed? Oh yeah. Prolly could have handled one of the younger chickens, but they are on the other side of the yard, away from the coop with George, his gals, and the new babies.



Even the ducks were freaked out by the snake, in fact that is how I realized it was there. One duck in particular(one of the kackis that were hatched in March) was alarming so I went to see. Saw nothing out of order so started making fun of the bird for being overly dramatic when then I saw the snake trying to get into the coop. Oops!


Hobbled out and quickly shut up the coop doors and then George and I chased the snake off back into the forest. Not sure what type it was. Heavy bodied, noticable scalage, mostly dark, but with a couple of dark yellowy largeish diamonds on its sides... maybe a water snake of some kind? I didn't notice any musky smell though, which you often get with those. IDK. I don't think it was a rat snake as it didn't seem smooth or graceful enough. Maybe a dark rattler? IDK. And I don't have enough cell phone data to load a whole bunch of images to try and ID it. Oh well.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

So one of the baby budgers went home today. A returning customer of ours. She had had a green budgie from the pet stor that she and her grandson LOVED. Sadly the bird passed away, so they got a bird from petsmart to befriend. The petsmart bird was too shy and too flighty so they got a baby from us this past winter and they loooove him(they send me pics of him all the time, he is spoiled ROTTEN). But they were still trying to tame down petsmart birdo. Recently they decided "he" was too much of a challenge for them and they started talking to us about buying another sweet baby. Today was the big day and they took home another of our babies, and they gave us the "untamable" petsmart bird, who I think may actually be a girl.


So that's how we ended up with two birds in quarantine now, hahaha. Thankfully Alex's QT is up next week but for now we have 2 QT rooms in this house!! And we are talking to a woman(from this forum) about adopting her complex B&G macaw, hopefully she can hang on to him until next week or we will have to figure out a 3rd room to use for QT. Very very very *very* excited about the possibility of adopting Charlie the Macaw, but I will refrain from posting too much about that since his current owner is a member here. But he sounds SO awesome from what she has said about his personality. A "project" bird for sure, but he absolutely sounds worth it. His personality actually sounds very Amazon-like, which is a mindset I know and LOVE. Love me the feisty, active, larger than life personality birds!
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Oh, yes. A bit more on today: the mess in the coop has come to a climax and now all 4 hens are running around mothering 5 of the tiniest and best protected baby chicks I've ever seen. But they abandoned the nests! And it was a huge, sad mess. Several eggs had gotten crushed, and there were 4 tiny dead baby chicks whose eggs had been crushed before they were done growing. Nature can be quite cruel. They also left 9 dirty but unbroken eggs between the two nests. We scooped them up and have them in a prewarmed incubator. I knew something like this might happen when I found out they were sitting, and messily so(some hens going broody later than others, laying in nests that were already being incubated). Grr, I wish Mr. Bug had mentioned something earlier. And it is only within the past few days I have been able to go outside myself. sigh, oh well. He knows better now. Mr. Bug has always wanted to be around more animals, but had only had 3 cats before we got together. Then when I broke my foot, he very suddenly had to take over EVERYTHING, and some mistakes have been made on the steep learning curve. But he does as best he can, which is normally quite good, but sometimes slips up. I don't think he thought it mattered so much, never considered it probably, since the parakeets manage a staggered hatch just fine.



Anyway. Hopefully the 9 eggs in the incubator will finish "cooking" and hatch OK. We are waiting for dark to candle the eggs and see if any are obviously dead. Don't want to risk bacteria getting to any love ones from any dead ones.



On a happier note, we have opened again the coop and the birds are exploring the barn yard with their chicks for the first time. They are staying very near the coop, which is probably wise. The grass in the barnyard is getting quite tall, and there are snakes about. We are talking about getting 2-3 hair sheep(probably katahdins, they are a non wool breed that is known for parasite resistance) to eat the grass down in our clearing for us. It just seems like an unbelievable waste to mow it, and as willing as Butters is to graze, one mini donkey can only eat so much grass.
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I've been reading so much these past few days that it feels like my eyes will start bleeding at any moment. Reading(mostly on my cell phone), hanging out with birds, making bird toys, and sitting outside enjoying everything and watching the chickens with theri babies is how I have spent the past few days. Right now I am taking a break from reading and re reading about safe trees, plants, how to ID them, and making a list of safe lumber to pick up some of at Lowe's today when we go grab some parts to finish jerry-rigging up a way for us to have water here.



The contractor came, put a workaround pipe in to bypass the buried-under-a-springtimefull-creek one that is broken. We had water up here but needed to fix some pipes before it could come into our house. We semi permenantly capped off the 2nd line going to the really bad mobile home, because even with it shut off it was leaking. We were going to put in a couple of splitters and some lead free drinking safe hoses and have that as a temp fix while we finished the plumbing in the house we are living, but then we discovered another leak in the line. So we are out 16,000 gallons of water and need to come up with another fix for now until we can put a longer term, but longer to install permenant line to our house and have running water. SIGH.



But it is still progress. And as soon as we replace the battery and either replace the two dead tires or put inner tubes in them for now, I can go out on our trail wagon with a roll of high vis marking tape and mark off trees to come back to with a chainsaw and cut some branches for the birds. Because............. (drumroll please)


We are adopting Charlie(named for now) the B&G macaw on Wednesday(!) and will need some very big branches for him to have fun destroying and sitting on!!! SO FRIGGING EXCITED!!!!


Good and bad news about the chickens: one of the hens has sustained a gash to the face probably while sparring with a predator, tho maybe with George... he has been especially randy lately and the hens just want to watch the chicks, so he hasn't been gentlemanly when he uhh... tries to play leap frog with them but fails . We tried separating her in a large dog kennel next to the coop, but none of them were at all happy to be apart. Now we are just catching her a couple times a day to clean it and dress it with iodine. She seems to be healing fine, but I still wish we could confine her for her safety. We are down to 3 chicks too, sadly, but they are all thriving from how it seems. "Number Five" we brought into the house the first day the birds all were free ranging. He never really "turned on" after hatching sadly. One of the hens was always sitting with him, he would never walk around, never eat. Kept getting separated from the adults so we took him inside. Gave poultry dutri-drench by mouth and dipped his beak in soaked chick starter crumbles, but he never really ate on his own. He would take a nibble or two when we dipped the beak, but that was it and we tried over and over. When it became obvious that he was suffering and would not make it, we thanked him, apologized to him, and gave him to our boa constrictor, Hypatia. She ends suffering quickly and doesn't make the bird's life have been for nothing. Sad he didn't have a longer life, but his sustained another being.



The fourth chick fell to some sort of predator, best guess. All 5 of the adult chickens(George too) are staying VERY VERY close to all 3 chicks and to the coop. Haven't lost any more chicks in about 2 days. Hopefully the last 3 make it OK to adulthood. We *will* swoop in and take them away from the adults and brood indoors if we have to, but would prefer to leave them to be raised by their parents, who obviously want to raise them.


Plan for today is breakfast(egg sandwiches, yum!), Lowe's run, and moving things around so the macaw can have the middle bedroom(which is where the cat currently is, so she needs to come out. We are thinking our bedroom for Charlie the cat and his own bedroom for Charlie the macaw). Then moving boxes out of that room, moving in a table and some chairs and clearing the way to bring in and set up(if disassembled for the trip) Charlie the Macaw's cage(which will be replaced ASAP with something bigger and better, his current cage is too small for him really.) Busy day, also want to get in some time sitting outside if I can. It really is so nice here. Yeah there is stress and stuff, but it is different than the stress of the city. Somehow, more meaningful and less anxiety inducing since it is usually stress about tangible things you can do something about rather than just lose sleep over.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Updates, updates, time for some updates.



George and his crew still have 3, but now we also have 1. One of the eggs from the abandoned nests hatched last night!! Giving the baby until this evening or maybe tomorrow AM in the incubator before we move him to a brooder. Hopefully more hatch soon. We never got around to candling them(oops), so we don't know what's what with the rest of the eggs. We should and will candle them this evening unless another chick is in the process of hatching out, as the humidity drop from opening the incubator could be disasterous.



Yesterday we spent the day driving... and we adopted Charlie(for now) the B&G Macaw!! So I have been busy with him. He is definitely a project bird. Wow, definitely definitely. Beak is still slightly misshapen, it looks like someone reshaped it for him. It was crooked at one time, now it just seems a little overgrown. He comes from some ROUGH starts. 28 years in a small dog crate, and then moved to a too-small-for-him cage and fed crap from wal mart, but given attention finally. Then moved to a different home who did even better by him... get this, 6 months ago he didn't even have green on him if I am understanding correctly! This poor guy. Not DNA sexed. Never laid an egg, but since he was the wrong color 6 months ago, he could easily be a she who was too stressed to have any nesting or egg laying. We will have the vet check that for us when we take "him" in. We will have the vet do his grooming. Poor guy seems like he has a few neurotic ticks. We had to transport him in a dog crate similar to the one he had been padlocked in, and I think that upset him. He was fine while the car was moving, but when he was just chilling as we disassembled and reassembled his cage, he would cling to the bars and rock back and forth, and also hang from his beak. I know this is mac for pick me up/pay attention to me, but he also would hold his feet like he was in flight, and flap his still-folded wings. His previous home had personal medical issues that were keeping them from being able to spend a whole lot of time with him. I can tell so clearly that there is an awesome bird in there, he just needs some help. Lots of fear, trust issues, brainpower, loneliness... he is a complicated guy under all those lovely colors.

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He obviously likes me and is not too keen on Mr. Bug. He and I had bananas together for breakfast, and I gave him some cherry tomatoes and a strawberry last night. Just trying to spend time with him and keep him entertained.



Mr. Bug is sick, so things are moving a bit slow as far as getting natural branches for the birds, but I have ID'd a few trees in the area.



Heh. Before I had mentioned my plans to do a large play area and a bird safe room in the middle bedroom, Mr. Bug brought up converting the 3rd bedroom to a bird room. Heh heh heh heh. The 3rd bedroom is huge. My bird crazy is spreading.



I want to change Charlie's name to something bright and lighthearted. I think it will be powerful psychologically for both him and us. Mr. Bug thinks "Happy"(like Happy Loman from death of a salesman) is too "seven dwarves-y" humph. Thought about Blueberry, but he is also very orange so meh. Any suggestions from the internet land?
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