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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Here Comes The Weekend

Its that time again. The weekend is upon us. The weather folks say this heat wave won't break over the weekend. By Monday it will be back into the upper eighties. Is that a break? I don't know. Thats still pretty warm for June, even here in Georgia.

I had a boy and his grandfather come by yesterday. His grandfather couldn't speak English so the boy translated. I kept thinking I had seen the boy before. I still can't place him, but he does know   Jim and Linda down the road, so that may be one connection.

Anyway, they have an incubator, but lost the directions. After talking quite a bit I discovered they don't know how to hatch, or keep the babies after they hatch. There were many questions about the brooders, what the heat lamps were for. It worried me some as they wanted to buy hatching eggs from me. I tried to tell them how to use the incubator by showing them mine, but the grandfather became overwhelmed and said he would bring his wife today and I could show her.

Then I had an idea while we were at Walmart last night getting groceries. I got a notebook. I am going to write down any vital information on using the incubator, such as temperature, and write down basic instructions for raising chicks. I have to remember things to put in there as I think he only feeds his chickens scratch, which is a big no no, no nutritional value and you absolutely cannot feed it to chicks. They don't have any grit in their crops yet to grind the corn and grain in scratch and won't be able to digest it. The boy can help them translate the English writing over to Spanish so they can read it and look back on it when they need to.

They will be here around five today. I always enjoy talking chicken with others interested. Y'all know that about me by now. ;)

Still no fox taking bait. I don't know about you, but I am figuring they have got to be getting really desperate by now. I guess they could have come into the yard and I havent seen them, but there is no food here for them.

I talked to Linda, Jims wife. I wanted to warn her about the fox around because she has three hens of her own. I also wanted to ask her since Jim farms hay if she knew when Mr. Lovell might be cutting down hiswheat next door. She said probably in two weeks or so. I know I will feel much better once the fox's cover is gone. So it will be at least two weeks before I even dare to let anyone out. By then I am hoping the fox have given up and gone hunting elsewhere.

Believe it or not, Tim is doing better every day. He is eating some, and drinking on his own now. Speaking of which I need to go out there and refresh his water for him. I give him cool water out of the fridge dispenser. He is still sitting on the porch floor. He scoots around some now to get to his food and water. He is also trying to stand now and then. It doesnt last long, but he is trying. That is very encouraging.

Well I have prattled on long enough. I am behind in alerts, but I have been reading some when I can. I better get on off of here and do some indoor chores at least.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. :) We don't have any plans, just puttering about here at the house.



plieck30 said...

Nice of you to help the man who doesn't speak English. Have a nice week-end. Paula

magran42 said...

So glad you are calmer now!

madcobug said...

I hope those folks can figure out what you are talking about. I am wondering if the fox maybe got to the recipe before the last trip, enough to take care of it later. Glad that Tim is improving. Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Helen

breakaway1968 said...

Oh darn..still no fox huh!  Poor babies are going to think your mad at them :(   I love that idea about the tablet.  Leave it to you to take that time and do that for someone!  That is such a nice thing to do. If someone were to do that for me I would just have to hug them!  LOL  AND make them fresh home made bread!  And maybe some home made banana bread too!  that would have been SO helpful for a new chicken owner like me!  I bet they loved it.  

wwfbison said...

Glad to hear the fox has stayed away.  I am going to have to read about Tim.