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Work To Do

19 Sep

After the derecho, there is still much work to do around here.

With over four inches of rain, it’s obvious that the barn roof needs work.

Athena by the barn

This hole allows a lot of water to come in and make it muddy.

I did have someone come out and I have them booked to make the repairs to the garage, north shed, and barn roofs.  In addition to repairing the storm damage, they are going to work on sealing the barn roof so it doesn’t leak into the chicken’s section.

I need to protect it so that my barn can keep standing for another hundred years.

I want my birds to have a nice dry place to live.

naked peacock and Nugget

still finding a few pretty feathers

It’s the least I can do since they give me yummy eggs.

eggs in the nest box

And all I can say about that one egg in the middle is “ouch.”

Seriously.  In other news, the geese have adjusted to being outside quite well.

the three youngsters

They do go in the barn, but they spend most of the time outside, even during horrible storms.

older lady goose

Hopefully, we can avoid those for a while now because the roofer is booked through the rest of the year already.  I’m not sure when he’ll get here to fix my roofs.

Growing Feathers

25 Nov

I shared that Mama Phoenix started molting when she came into the house, and, thankfully, she’s slowing down on losing feathers.

Mama Phoenix

She’s not completely naked, but she still looks kind of ragged though.

She’s starting to grow new feathers in.  It can be kind of uncomfortable because it’s like straws growing through the skin.  Each feather is wrapped in a casing as it grows.  As the bird preens, it breaks the casing loose and it comes off.  You can see the two feathers in the top of the picture below that are starting to look like paint brushes where the casing is just starting to loosen.

Mama is at a distinct disadvantage with not having a beak.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s casing detritus all over the table, but she’s not having a lot of success getting them cleaned off.

The hardest are those tiny feathers on the top of her head.

I found something to help her.
I just gently rub her with the scotch pad to help loosen them.  She seems to like it.

Gosling Butt

6 Jul

The goslings are growing and doing well.  The two new little ones are a bit slow about figuring out sitting in the tubs.  They like to play in the mud though.

The older gosling is getting big!  S/he is not really honking, but s/he doesn’t really have a baby voice either.

And s/he is getting a big goose feathered butt!