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Old 06-28-2019, 03:08 PM
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(2nd post of a 2 post update)



Bella sleeps in a large dog crate in the far bedroom where Chance used to sleep, Chance sleeps in a bathroom with no crate, Rico is outside all of the time, Seymour and Lucky sleep in their crates in the kitchen, and the puppy sleeps in a crate either in the room with Bella(they love each other), or in that same small crate but in our bedroom. Puppy is starting to make progress with no potty in the crate training, and is starting to put on weight. She came to us SKINNY. Hips and ribs protruding and everything, with a little pot belly full of parasites. A couple doses of panacur, a vaccine against parvo, a flea and tick treatment, lots of high quality puppy food, and a bath or 3 later, and she is starting to look, smell, and feel a lot better. She did almost get killed the other day. She was following Mr. Bug as he was walking out a path to bury the invisible fence line thru some tall grass. I wasn't thinking or I would have realized she would leave the tall grass for easier-to-walk-through short grass, not realizing the donkey who made the grass short would try to kill her. We hear the puppy screaming and look over to see Butters stomping furiously around the puppy. I think he did get her once, but glancingly and she is OK. We managed to get in the pasture fast enough to save her thankfully. Mr. Bug passed her off to me while restraining the donkey and I rushed her out to safety and to check to make sure nothing was broken.



She was walking a little funny on her back legs for a few minutes, which had me terrified despite not feeling any broken bones, and her not crying like in pain or anything. Must have been bruised or something, she was walking again normally after only a short time.



We finally met our "bad" neighbors..... turns out that they are not. All the shenanigans over there have been trespassers. Very bold trespassers. They even shot at me once when we first closed on the property! They are up to no good at all over there, and we want them gone. We changed the setting on the trail cam to video(which ate thru the battery), and have been documenting the comings and goings. It is at least a spot people are going to have annonymous group gay relations. We have found piles and piles of condom wrappers, and never seen a single woman go back. Just groups of men. They fire off guns in such rapid bursts that they could not be hunting or target practicing. They steal and are generally a LOT of trouble. Thankfully, our neighbor actually wants to sell. So we will buy the 15 acres next door, and shut down access HARD. Which was a second reason for wanting outside dogs. After a bit for Rico, Buddy, and the puppy to settle in and grow up, we will probably get another outdoor dog: some kind of large guard dog breed. Although, we might not wait for the pup to grow up to do that, since we wouldn't be doubling the puppy workload by getting a 2nd. Especially since that one would likely be another fully outdoor dog, and this puppy is not. She is Collie/Pit! *way* too people oriented to happily be an outdoor dog.


I think that is most of what all has changed, but gee, I could easily be forgetting quite a few things. It has been a while since I last posted an update on this thread!
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Holy smokes! Sounds like your life is way too "interesting" these days. I sure hope the dogs help, so good of you to rescue them and help out those people in dark times.

Welcome back, it's great to hear how you all are doing!
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HOLY S***! Theres a ton of stuff going on there...day'em!




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Wow! Your life certainly isn’t boring, is it?


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

(Hopefully) just a quick update(but we all know how that goes)...




Bella has a new home. The people we got her from found a place for her to go, so we will be bringing her there on Saturday. We decided not to keep the puppy, either. A combination of her breed and behavior was the shift in thinking. This is controversial, I know, but we have had too many bad experiences with pit bulls and pit mixes.. we are afraid of how she might grow up to be around the livestock. We are also not going to pick up Buddy(Rico's son). We are too nervous about him being a pit mix too, and the fact that he was off wandering the first time we went to get him makes us nervous that he will be a wanderer despite what his current owners say(that he doesn't wander, that he stays with Rico(then why was Rico there the first time but Buddy not?), he is good like Rico, etc). At the end of the day, we helped them by reducing the number of mouths they had to feed, but we can't save them all.



The baby puppy I think we have found a home for in a "nearby" city(around 2 hours away), and the family sounds just absolutely perfect. She is a good pup and, away from livestock, will make a really good dog. The family has another young high energy pup, kids, and the grandmother has a fenced farm where puppo can play sometimes.



We got our raccoon raider a few nights ago, so for now our birds are safe. But we are taking this very very seriously, and on Sunday will be buying a female Blue Heeler pup. Hold tight, because we have another controversial "bomb" to drop...... if this pup doesn't fit the bill as an outdoor varmint dog(she probably wont), we actually chose her to potentially breed with one of our housedogs, a feisty but small terrier dog. There simply are not any good varmint dogs around in rescue or from local breeders, and we *need* one to protect our farm. We do plan to keep all the pups from the 1 litter(most likely. If there are something crazy like 15 pups we will find good working homes for them).


A lot of thought went into this, and into what breed of dog to select to cross with Seymour to make good varmint dogs. Plus, the heeler is just a pup and we wont breed her until she is 18 months old at least, so if a good dog shows up in rescue before then, we will just rescue and probably not breed a litter. And the heeler isn't "just a breeding dog", she will have a job to do too(herding the free range animals, being a personal companion and protector for me when Mr. Bug is out of town or at work or wherever, etc etc etc). We are quite very excited about this pup!


We are also looking for an outdoor guard dog to keep trespassers and ne'er do wellers at bay. Ideally not a pup/not a young pup. But if an older pup or an adult dog, needs to have been raised around cats, free ranging poultry, kids, etc. A lot of locals breed German Shepherd Dogs and Rottweilers. The Shepherds are miserable looking animals(like basically all GSDs are these days), but the rotties don't seem too bad. AKC, etc, but so far have not found anyone breeding working farm rotties, which sucks. Rotties are one of the original do-it-all farm dogs, tho now a days folks tend to think of them more as attack/guard dogs.



After I posted last we realized we had 2+ turkeys sitting on nests, tho we only now know where 1 nest is... the coon got every single egg in one of the nests in 1 night....... there were over 14 eggs, and the hen had been sitting a while. The half eaten eggs were the worst. Dead half formed baby turkeys. Very very sad night indeed. Mr. Bug was sitting out at the nest all night and every time he stepped away even for a moment a few more eggs had been taken. gosh that was a hard night. The hen under the trail wagon is still sitting and doing well. The Warden is the 2nd we think might be on eggs. She has been mia a lot lately, and hanging out over by the trees when we do see her. Prolly her nest is back in the pine thicket somewhere.



The recently nestless turkey hen has taken to picking on Waddles since her nest was destroyed... maybe she thinks he is responsible for the loss. We are considering selling her if she doesn't leave him alone. Yesterday, after not seeing Waddles all day, we found him between two walls in the barn. We had to help him out, no doubt he ran there to escape her.


I think that is enough of an update for now, but there will definitely at least be an update on Sunday after we pick up the heeler pup(who needs a name!)
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Sorry for the lack of posts on this thread.... it has been crazy here. Some good, some bad.



Bella and the pit bull mix puppy have found new homes. The puppy went all the way to Michigan! And Bella just got harder and harder for us to handle to the point where we just couldn't. The people we got her from we did not give her back to. We got a *very* bad feeling about the whole situation(they butt dialed me and left a long voicemail where they were chatting casually about prison among other things that made us ver very uncomfortable). We found a local shelter that doesn't euthanize for space reasons or anything like that, and we took her there. They had another chicken killing pit bull there who had been in the shelter for 8 or 9 years, so it is very unlikely Bella would be just put down. It was when she broke out of a heavy duty wire dog crate and jumped out a window to go chase our livestock, flee from us, and scare the beighbor's cattle herd that we realized even short term we couldn't house her.



We got that heeler pup a few weeks ago, and she is amazing. Named her Mischief and she certainly lives up to that! VERY smart dog, wants to be right with me at all times. Good girl.



Mr. Bug and I went down to the courthouse for the licence, then to the house of a retired magistrate on the 17th and got married. Our two friends who run the cat sanctuary stood as our witnesses. And then true to their character, they talked us into helping the officiator move some furniture in return for some apples from the tree growing in her front yard(lmao old hippies, what do ya expect?). They also were sure to leave the rescue's contact info in case the woman wanted a dog or cat or any of her friends or relatives did.



Yesterday we got a duck egg from the batch of march ducklings. First of the march birds to lay as far as we know. I took the puppy and the egg basket for a stroll around our clearing and the woods where the chickens like to relax during the heat of the day looking for eggs, but didn't find anything. Hmm.



Two of George's girls disappeared. One showed back up recently with a tiny chick who is doing well, but we don't think the other gal is going to show back up. We are still dealing with serious predator issues. Bad Touch Tom and one of his sons are missing, we assume they are dead. One of the two remaining toms has an injury to one foot and a serious limp, though he seems to be healing. We think we have a nesting pair of hawks who are taking birds, and also something on the ground. No idea what it is or when it is coming. We have been staying up till sunrise most nights lately and have not caught anything. The ground predator seems to only come once every few days. Some of our favorite chickens are gone from predators. Thankfully our favorite ducks are ok, tho we seem to have lost a male pekin. We need to figure out what is taking our birds and do something about it. Rico doesn't seem to care in the slightest about predators.



A few weeks ago we heard the coyotes actually on our property, and only a week or so ago something howling quite uncoyote-like in the woods where there are no other residents. Just a couple hunting properties, and the forest. The howling may have been 2 voices, maybe was only one. I have not heard the coyotes as close recently, but they are still in the area. Hoping the howling was just a wandering husky or 2 and they went on home already. Folks let their dogs roam out here, and huskies are a very very popular breed for some reason.


On a good note, the turkey hen under the trail wagon hatched out 3 little chicks, and so far seems to be doing quite well in raising them.



The garden is doing pretty alright. Have gotten a few tomatoes and some jalapenos, but the plants really need to be staked up, and they need a shot of nitrogen. I scattered some white clover seed in, and it has begun to sprout, but I may also mix some dirty duck water in with the next time I water some of the plants. The bell peppers are tiny and yellowish, poor things.



We are planning a trip for me to go north and help sort and pack out my grandmother's house, which has been sold to a friend of the family's. Will be a great oppertunity to socialize Mischief. The trip from here to the lake house is something like 14 hours just driving, so I will be breaking it up into two trips: visit my mom in the DC area, and we will then go together to New England to help with the house.



Needless to say, we have been quite very busy here.
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I will do more of an update later, but I have some quite sad news.



About a week ago Waddles disappeared. Two nights ago we couldn't find Nibbler at bed time. Searched all over. She has not showed back up. We think they are both gone to predators. We have about 5 recent eggs that were in her nest and she hadn't started sitting yet. We are trying to figure out the safest way to incubate: under a broody chicken hen or in an incubator in the house.



Still calling her every time I am outside, but I do not think we will ever see Nibbs again. Quite sad indeed.
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Aw, I’m sorry for the losses. I have so many predators here that I can’t free range my birds, they just get picked off very quickly. I ended up with big runs attached to the barn and avian netting over the top of the runs (we have a lot of eagles and hawks in addition to the coyotes and cougars).
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Jeeze, I don't even know where to start... I guess I will describe how things are now, and from there probably get distracted into stories of things that have happened over the past little while.

First, the parrots. They are all and each of them, doing great. Hima is sassy and flat, Alex grumpy and piggy, Freedom hungry and talkative. Breeder budgies are happy and chittery, breeding season will be upon us soon enough.

We have had more predator issues, but this has started to abate. The young cockrels are finally growing into their duties and have begun to alert to predators and look out for the pullets. The gals are beginning to lay like crazy, and we are always overrun with eggs. We and the dogs have been eating them in everything, and we have had enough left over to supply the rescue. They feed eggs to puppies for a nutritional boost. For the past week we have been collecting pekin duck eggs, and will place them in the incubator in another 3. We will be starting collecting chicken eggs to hatch tomorrow, and set them a week after setting the duck eggs. Even in 2 incubators, it will be helpful to have them hatch all the same day.

We still have many birds free range, but we have evicted them from the Chicken Trees due to them being picked from there at night. Most now sleep in the barn, with a few in a coop, one in a dog crate, and a group of youngsters in a pen. The turkeys mostly free range, one youngster is penned with the younger chickens, and the rest sleep in various places on the house. Turkey Bird sleeps on the roof, and the 5 bronzes sleep on the porch. Bad touch and one of the young toms were taken one night a while back, the same night Thanksgiving Dinner broke his toe and gained the name. We think coyotes or a roaming dog. We will be penning TD soon to fatten him up before his big day.

The 5 geese are in the pasture along with the pair of Swedish ducks. Just the other day I realized our gander, Ferdinand, actually looks more like a Christmas Goose due to a slightly crossed beak. Won't do to start a breeding flock with a deformed gander, sorry dude. Having geese is amazing. Different than ducks, but so similar. I can't wait to have more of them, and larger breeds. They are so talkative and funny. It is really cool to interact with them, they are so tall. You look down at them, but much less so than with other birds. I cannot wait to eventually have such large birds as emu one day. I have been daydreaming plans lately of a duckuaponic system, using garden plants to clean the duck and goose pond, and duck and goose water to feed my tomato plants. It is an upcoming project.

We have 4 guineas left, and they are penned with the other young birds. 2 died in the brooder, and one died when we moved them outside(we think a racoon got him through the chain link). From the calls, at least one is female. We want to get more of them, and set them to free range. We have not had the best luck so far with these birds, but are determined to get it right.

Ms. Mallard is still the bottom of the pecking order, but for the past couple weeks she has made herself scarce sitting on a nest just behind the pasture tucked in some thick thorns. Good luck, momma duck!!


We had some drama with a meth head claiming to be a truck mechanic and then straight up robbing us... talking to a laywer at some point soon. Trespassers have been an issue... armed ones too. Right now we are working on beefing up security, and on getting ready for fall/winter. We need to have the wood stove inspected and cleaned for winter, rearrange things in the room so nothing is too close to the stove. Need to stack some more wood, and finish the plumbing repairs still. Have to bury some more water line(got it buried under the creek recently when the water finally went low enough), and install heat tape and skirting to prevent pipes freezing. Have to clear the main line and winterize it. We need to destroy the rotting porch and replace it with something, gate or wall off the kitchen, replace the steps to the kitchen door with something less of a slipping hazard, put in a chicken free yard for the dogs, the list goes on...


We have started a list of things to include in the first house we build, and have started looking into building methods. We have been looking through many, many books about woodworking, building, and other relevant skills. We have a spot in mind for where to put the house, and very soon plan to start on sketches. We hope to start getting materials for it, and perhaps start construction in a year. We are currently leaning towards a hybrid building method, with a heavy inclusion of cordwood construction. We have it, may as well use it right? A couple of the things I am most excited about are an attached greenhouse with an in ground pool, a library with built-in shelves and terrariums, and a root cellar for storing produce and retreating to during storms. We don't often get tornados, but every few years one comes thru.

We are talking about getting a 2nd donkey, something bigger than Butters that we can put under saddle.. either a standard or a mammoth. My aunt has been reducing her farm, and there is a chance she might sell her green broke to ride and drive gelding mammoth. If not, they are quite common out here as it turns out. Eventually we want more equines, but in its current state, our property's soil cannot support more than 2 equines. Maybe in another couple of years or when we buy additional land, though. We are sort of eyeing a couple of nearby properties that we think are likely to come up for sale in the coming years.


Posted from my phone, we still do not have internet here.
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Thanksgiving Dinner is ACTUALLY gonna BE Thanksgiving Dinner???? oh man!!!! Gotta do what'cha gotta do I guess...




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