Another chick died today. Another one gasping really bad. The ones dying now are all the 1-2wk chicks. I have a few still sneezing, but other than the gasper, no one looks horrid. They have another week of antibiotics to administer. I had to buy more Oxine and it's on it's way. I was running the humidifier over them with Oxine in it until I ran out. I will be misting them this time. The humidifier doesn't produce as much steam as I'd like to see.
I finally pushed past the anger and explained to the old woman why I was mad and what her choices were going to do to us. Even though I told her, I guess she didn't understand the landslide she'd cause and bury us with. I asked her straight out if living with us was that bad. She said no. I asked if she would be willing to make a deal with me so both of us get what we want in the end and no one gets steamrolled. I asked if she could handle living with us until next year income tax time (8 months). If she still thinks she wants to move to a nursing home, so be it. I will have the money to move or put a down payment on the/a house and she'll hopefully be divorced by then. I was firm on her living on her own and that it would not work. I used today's examples to instill this. She does not know what her meds are and I have to sort them for the week for her. She had 2 baskets of clothes to be washed and she can not do her laundry herself. She had a bag of garbage that needs to be taken out and she can not take her own garbage out. She can't clean and she can't cook. I took her in knowing what I would have to do (it's like a 3rd child) and I took her back after she fell knowing what was needed (although I did not expect the unsanitary way she'd go about 'caring' for her colostomy bag). So, I will not have to sell my flock, I will not have to move for now and I can carry on as I was. But, I will be cautious. I want her to sign a lease so she's bound.
My mom's horse's strangles lumps did not burst today. During one of my breaks from applying hot compresses to Belle's lumps - a task I did for 15-45mins every 30min from 8am to 2pm today - The rescue my mom got her horse from was raided by the FBI April 30th. I'm sure some of you in Berks know the rescue in question. I told mom about it and how they have sold sick and dying horses before. The vet suspects it took Belle a week to start really showing signs of strangles because they gave her penicillin to cover it up. I am so glad I didn't get a horse through them. I told mom I'll go to New Holland or Middleburg and buy my horse for the sale price and not their over inflated, pocket lining price. Thanks, but no thanks. Sickening that people can prey on the good natures of other people. I'm glad mom got a good horse and Belle got a good human/s in the end, though.
So... some good, some bad and some neutral today.
Glad things are starting to look up. Just bear in mind, she's not likely to change. Make sure you really want to continue to deal with her & expect her to continue with the games. They rarely change.
I think I got myself up on Cloud 9 for a while off this one!!! TEEHEE!
My hubby said if they move into our bed he is moving out! so........haven't made up my mind yet...........
My birds were here before the fiance & they will be here when he's gone. He knows this & has been told so MANY times.
Love cuddling with my birds, though this sick one is gonna drive me insane...she's recently decided that the basket we gave her, and the towel she's been on all day weren't good enough...she wants to sleep in my hair...not on top of my head...sitting on the arm of the couch...with her head in my hair
I had a cocketiel for 16 years that did that..........i love cuddly birds. Fully intend for these guys to be tame as crazy!!! We have quite a few cuddlers. Si, Peaches (the one that I thought was a cochin, but is a d'uccle), Mo( with a stripe), and these 4............
That's what Sikie said. Have never seen a d'uccle in person. Whatever this is, it has a sweet personality, so I am not heartbroken if its not a cochin. I pick it up, and it snuggles right in. I can live with that.
Check here to see porcelain d'Uccles. VERY pretty birds. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/belgian-d-uccle-porcelain
So IDK if I am the only person to have a duck that can't swim or what???? My Khaki Campbell decided to drown. I went out to sit with them this evening and I always count them. Since there is only one Khaki Campbell I knew immediately who was missing. I went and looked in the water trough. There he was........................I thought he was playing in the water. So I sat down, and was like he isn't moving. So I proceeded to walk over and check things out closer. He was dying! He was cold, limp, and eyes were glazed over.
So I kicked it into save Campbell mode! I turned him upside down and let water drain out of his beak. I squeezed the extra water off of him. Then I wrapped him in my shirt and gave him rescue breaths and chest compressions. Yes I did!!!!! I saved my duck with CPR!!!! He spewed up a bunch of water, then I took him into my car to dry him off, and warm him up. I can say that when I left him tonight that he is going to be okay! He was grooming and hanging out with the other ducks!
I love my animals so much! I sell birds, but I do get quite attached. I hate when an animal dies. There was no way in h E l L I was going to let that happen! I might not keep Campbell forever, but he will always be a miracle!!!!
GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I AM SO HAPPY HE'S OK! I WOULD BE DOING THE SAME IF ONE OF MY DUCK BABIES WAS FOUND LIKE THAT! KUDOS!!!
Silkie, are they generally a friendly breed?
Any bird can be friendly if handled a lot. I've had some friendly & some not so friendly.
THEY SURE ARE!!! And it's neat getting to raise them from birth. I got Chachi and Joanie when they were older, and they were still cuddly. Can't imagine how cuddly these guys will be!!!