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Birds

11 Apr

You know, I still keep shaking my head over Mama Phoenix.  She is doing well and figuring out how to get around, but I still just don’t know how.

Mama Phoenix

Poor bird.

I do think there is a possibility that frost bite played a part in her losing her feet, but I’ll never know for sure.  (Update:  Here is a video that shows her progress in walking.

Nugget did lose most all of his comb and wattles, but he’s doing well now.

Nugget

These are the girls with the huge wattles that I was worried about going into winter, and they look good. I guess you just never know.

The peacocks are looking good.  They are enjoying the weather too.

They just think they should have a lady peahen to dance for.

But they don’t fight when there are no girls, so I guess we’ll keep them as bachelors.

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Some of the Critters

16 Feb

The animals are much better at not whining about the weather than me.

Maybeline

Of course, they just order room service and hang out in the barn all day.

Myson

I was afraid Nugget was going to lose half his comb and half his wattles, and it looks like the wattles have already fallen off, but the comb is looking a little better now.  Although, I still think he’s going to lose quite a bit of the points.

Nugget and ladies

The peacocks are working hard to grow their tails out.

Everyone else is just hanging around or butting heads.

Cookie

You know, because they aren’t the ones doing chores.

They just get to stand there and munch away.

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.