When the keets were two days old I was watching them and one found a big bug. Another keet saw it too and a tug o' war ensued. It was quite a battle on a tiny scale! Unfortunately I didnt have my camera out at the time. This short video is not as good as that bug find, but still, they really go for the bugs. :)
This was at four days old.
Apparently the dad has his roll the first couple of days and then is free to roam leaving mom in charge of everything. Here are dad and the other male guinea having a bite to eat.
Yesterday was a full work day outside, but I made it through, staying soaked from dips in the pool helped make it tolerable. It got up to 96 yesterday with a heat index of 115.
I redid the nesting houses nests and put up some old sheer curtains over the fronts of the two so it would provide privacy without getting too hot in there. It seemed to work. I got more eggs in there yesterday than in the dirt on the chicken house floor. I hate when they do that. I am going to put down some chicken wire on that dirt floor today to discourage laying in there. Its very frustrating to have to throw away eggs that get rolled around in poo and dirt.
I did the usual feeding and watering. I put some two liter bottles of frozen water into the water pails and buckets to keep the water cool for the animals.
I am in the process of setting up pens for the individual breeds. I have those moveable pens I will put the show birds in. If I keep the pens moving over the grass they won't get dirty. I managed to get Elvis Jr. and the other two young Silver laced Polish into one of those pens yesterday. I will stretch some netting around the pen today. You cant be too careful. A predator can reach in between those bars and snag a chicken. They are still small, so it could kill them if that happens, even if the predator is not successful in pulling the body out of the pen. Everything has been quiet lately, so I am not too worried, but it pays to be prepared, just in case.
I mowed most of the back yesterday afternoon. I left a good patch for the emus, goats and horse to graze on. Then I started on the front but a storm was coming in. I saw lightning off in the distance so I didnt get to finish that half of the front. I got to get some more GAS (ugh) in the can anyway. That has become a dirty word hasnt it. Whenever GAS is mentioned it makes a person flinch, maybe even become sick to their stomach.
I hope everyone is having a nice Tuesday. I am going to go and make the most of my day now. I got plenty to do, and I am never done, so I am going to get going. A BIG HUG from me to you. :)