Hey all, sorry for disappearing like that again. There was so much going on this past month. I have just as much bad news as good news. Hard for me not to cry while I'm typing. My beautiful little Thalia passed away on Sunday, April 17, at 7 weeks old. I had recently moved her and her chick friend out with the other chicks before that, so I think it was a shock for her. Surprisingly, none of the other chicks picked on her like I thought since she was a little smaller--probably because her sister was noticeably bigger and would attack anyone who touched Thalia--including me. She still pecks me sometimes when I pick her up. We had our grandparents over from Ohio staying at our place when it happened, so it was hard to enjoy the rest of their stay.
A few days before she died, I brought her in the house to show my grandparents my little angel. She rested her head on my arm, closed her eyes, and stayed there until I brought her back out. She was as soft as silk, and her feathers were a beautiful color that I don't have a name for. I'm guessing it's from all of those healthy vitamins. She was so different compared to the others, and was my little gem that I thought I would never lose. We made a cute little grave, which helped me push past the pain of burying her. It was a huge step for me because I've always hated the thought of burying things, and was never able to be there when it happened--but this time, I buried her myself.
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It has been a month now, and Thalia's colorful wind flower spins, and her solar humming bird glows, as the other chicks and two GIGANTIC Pekin "babies" enjoy the summer days free ranging, and doing what chickens and duckies like to do along with the rest of my 7-month-old flock. I know for sure now that I have a Pekin pair because the big one has a raspy drake quack. I have successfully integrated the 11-week-old babies with the grown-ups a few weeks ago with not to many squabbles, but I put them in the old 8 x 8 run that's inside the new 24 x 24 run to eat. Rudy wasn't so sure about the rowdy kids at first, but he eventually gave in when he relized that the kids didn't listen to him like the older birds did, and that he was out numbered--besides--he had other "Roosterly" things to do.
All of my birds are laying now; surprisingly, the chickens were the latest--Raven being the last to lay her first egg--which was a few days ago. We literally have eggs coming out of our ears!!! There's like five cartons sitting on the counter right now! We are going to be selling some of the eggs to a local Asian restaurant soon though, so that will help keep the egg population down.
I can't keep broody Sparrow out of the nest box for very long--I'm not sure exactly how that happened, but I'm thinking I should take advantage of it and slip a few duck eggs under her, and a chicken egg that I'll let her keep to satisfy her. I gave her some rocks to sit on for now to keep her off of the eggs, and put another nest box in there since she's hogging that one. She walks around like a grouchy pit bull and pecks everyone. She has pecked me in the face a few times, and screams at me and tries to rip my skin off when I take her out of the nest box--hopefully if she gets to raise a chick, it would fix her hormones lol.
Flapper healed nicely from his soft tissue injury, and is as normal as ever. About 2 weeks ago, I was surprised when I picked Igor up and decided to look at his foot: there was some crusting on the top that I picked off, then I looked at the bottom of his foot and saw a scab with a knot under it. I brought him inside to see what was under the scab--and was surprised for the zillionth time in the world of having ducks and chickens--to see that there was some left over infection. I could smell it as soon as I removed the scab. What confused me though, was that his foot wasn't hotter than the other and he doesn't limp. I find it really interesting that it has been 6 months since the surgery, and he's not dead or something. We removed the infection (which wasn't a lot), then cleaned it and wrapped it. I checked under the scab a few days later, and there was no more infection, so I think we got it all. He still had a knot though, which I'm guessing is scar tissue or something since I couldn't find any infection. I do need to go out and look at it again though. What do you think Kathy?@casportpony @Miss Lydia @Tevyes Dad @Lamaremybabies @Lozuufy @Julie Bird