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Birds: Domestic and Wild

21 Jun

I know I shared that my little phoenix hen had a bad leg.  She has still been shut in the little pen.  When I’ve taken treats out, I made sure she got some too.

phoenix hen enjoying cucumber

Then a few days ago, my young peacock couldn’t walk either.  I made sure he had a low water pan to drink from and added another food dish near it.  He also got treats.

peacock with his cucumber

Thursday night I noticed he was acting much better.  By Friday, he was up and walking around again.

My little hen was also showing enough improvement that I could let her out.  The first thing she did was take a dirt bath.

She is still doing well out of the pen.

I am sorry to report though that my white Chinese goose died.  She was the oldest animal on the farm.  She was fine; I put her in for the night; the next morning she had died.

Chinese goose June 2000 – June 2018

Now my last goosey girl is sitting on a nest half-heartedly.  It might be good if she did hatch herself a companion because my gander is quite old and showing his age too.

Our torrential rains the other day were not good for the wild birds.  I found a nest on the ground in the north paddock with Harley and Sidney.  Then I found a baby bird with its butt stuck up in the air.  I didn’t think it would be alive when I picked it up, but it was.  Then I found a second one that was upside down.  That one squawked several times when I picked it up.  It had a drop of blood on its forehead, and they were both cold and weak.  I did the only thing I could and put them in the nest and put it as far up in the oak tree as I could.

It wasn’t far, but I hoped it was enough and that mom was watching.  I had to go out by the tree the next day, and they were both still alive and snuggled down in the nest and looking stronger!

I hope they can hang in that precarious place I set them.

Update since I first prepared this post (Yes, I’m so far behind in telling you about things that I have to update my already prepared posts.):  The babies are gone.  I hope they were just old enough to leave the nest.  The nest is still sitting there, and I did not see any sign that a predator got them, so I hope they are doing well.  This picture is from the day before they left.

Finally, here’s a few other bird pictures that I just haven’t had time to share.

eastern meadowlark

barn swallow

barn swallow nest (not beloning to the bird above)

cardinal

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Excessive Heat

20 Jul

We are under an excessive heat advisory.  It’s pretty miserable.

Aurora

Most everyone is handling the heat okay, even if it is uncomfortable.

Bob

I broke down and gave the geese a pool in the chicken pen.  It makes a mess, but they really need it right now.

Chinese Goose

The goats are lounging in the shade.

There’s not a lot of water left in the ditch in the Back Forty.

By the time they come back up from pasture, the goats are hot.  Cinnamon has not been handling the heat well.  Neither has Maggie and Harley.

Cinnamon in the lead

I make sure we have plenty of water in the barnyard.  I’ve even hosed off a couple of the llamas.

Estarr

I wish Odie would let me hose her off.  She’s the one who is not tolerating the heat at all.  I’m worried about her.

Odie

Estarr has it all figured out.

Estarr

Sky seems to have the best solution though.

Sky

He is enjoying the air conditioning in the house.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items in my side bar.

Random Stuff

5 Jun

I let the geese out when I got the door fixed to shut the chickens in the coop at night.  They are staying close to the barnyard, but they are all still here.  They are really enjoying the pool since we’ve been really hot and humid the last few days.

African Goose

Bob has been lazy and napping on the patio most of the time.

Bob

Sky has decided that air conditioning is really pretty awesome.

Sky

He could get used to it.