Tag Archives: Phoenix

Heat Advisory

30 Jun

Welll, we’ve had pretty decent temperatures this summer, but we are now in excessive heat.

Our feels-like temperatures are well over 100°F (37.78°C).  That is really hard for the animals.

Victoria

I spend most of my day checking everyone and making sure they have clean water.

Cookie’s girls: Chiffon and Marge

For the most part, everyone was doing well.  My usual few goats stay up in the barnyard.  I think they might have just figured out that they’re going to get some sweet feed.

Penelope

The llama girls were doing well.  They were feeling cranky enough to keep spitting.

Aurora

Tony is one that had me worried.  He was open mouth breathing.  I tried bribing him to come into the garage.

Tony Llama

I could have had all of the goats in there with me.  They have no problems walking through an open door when you show them that there’s food on the other side of it.  Tony.  I had to halter, and he still wouldn’t let me lead him through.  I was skidding in his poop pile that he had to make right in the doorway.  During all this struggle, he wasn’t acting too stressed, so I left him.  Then I saw him out in the sun trying to eat.  I suggested eating under a shade tree, but he’s a dude.  Then he was back inside panting again.  Once again, I tried bribing him, and this time, I got him to come into the garage!

It’s cooler and he has cool concrete to lie on and a cool bucket of water, and I even turned the air conditioner on.  It’s still set to 80º F (26.67ºC), but it is better than outside.

The birds are the other animals that don’t like the heat.   The geese are fine.

The chickens don’t tolerate the heat well though.

I was glad that I remembered I had frozen a bag of tomatoes at the end of the garden season when I was sick of canning.  Guess who enjoyed a nice frozen treat. It didn’t take long for them to figure out they were nice and cold.

I also moved Mama Phoenix outside after the sun was on the other side of the barn.  This let her have a bit of breeze.

Hopefully, we can get back to more normal temperatures soon.

Sky

Until then, Sky says he’ll be lounging in the air conditioning.

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Crazy Birds

24 May

I have a couple of birds with crazy ideas.  One of my hens has decided to be a free-range chicken.  That’s all fine and dandy until she decides to go into the yard. I’m pretty sure Sky would like to play with her. I’m also pretty sure, she would make a tasty treat for him.  So far, she’s stuck to the barnyard.

Widow Goose has decided to sit on a nest and hatch eggs.

Widow Goose

I worked hard to fish all her eggs out from under the pen where Mama Phoenix is and get rid of them.

Mama Phoenix

It didn’t stop her.  She’s now sitting on a nest beside the pen.  I don’t even know if she has an egg in it now.  I tried telling her that she hasn’t been near a gander in  months and nothing will come of sitting on those eggs, but she doesn’t care.

In case you didn’t figure it out, Mama Phoenix is still eating and doing well.  Don’t ask me how.

Again, I have no reason to share the peacocks, but they are handsome.

Enjoy!

Nothing Left to Lose

3 May

This poor hen has nothing left to lose.  She was doing well with no feet.  She even managed to take a dust bath last week when I let her out for a bit.

Mama Phoenix

She had already lost the points on her comb and a bit of her beak.

I was worried she was going to lose the rest of the beak, and she did.

I have no words.  I feel so bad for her, and she still talks so sweetly to me when I come out to take care of her.

She is still bravely carrying on. It’s easier for her to eat whole corn, so that’s what she’s getting.  Hopefully, she can figure out the eating; she’s still hanging in there.

I still have no reason why she didn’t simply die when she got frostbite so bad during last winter’s polar vortex.

She’s made it a week without her beak, and she doesn’t seem to be losing weight (actually, she seems to be gaining it back because she couldn’t eat well for a couple days before she lost it).  She’s even managed to eat a coupld of worms I caught for her.