Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
Originally Posted by LeBlackbird
Originally Posted by BirdbyGavin1103
Well yesterday got slightly better, we got to go fishing for a few hours, which made Gavin happy. Then when we went to feed the chicks their evening meal Ripple (another EE) was nearly crushed by the feeder and the other chicks. Thankfully I found her in time. At first she was unresponsive, bleeding near her eyes, and it looked REALLY bad for a little bit. Then about 5 minutes in she just opened her eyes and hoped up and started eating at the food on my hands... I was so glad, poor Gavin ran out of the room crying his eyes out thinking she was dead (so was I), he came back when I called for him when she started eating and was beyond happy. She made it through the night and has been eating and drinking normally. When that happened I figured out what must have happened to Chip, the chicks rush the waterer and feeders and the bigger chicks must have pushed Chip under the waterer. Now I'm being extra careful when putting stuff down....
I have a question for anyone who shows and uses FF. How do you clean your birds' heads? I know we can't wash their heads like we do their bodies, and we want to clean two or three of the birds for the 4-H meeting tomorrow night, they're working on showmanship. I was thinking a damp (barely wet) washcloth or baby wipes, but I wanted to ask first.
On a lighter note I have multiple cupcake thieves to worry about now
ETA: Gavin would be the number one cupcake thief and his face paint was wearing off in the pics, hadn't washed his face for the night yet.
Stitch only got a couple crumbs here (his fav was the Hummingbird and banana foster's cupcakes and he got no icing or choc bits), but he has become our primary food thief. He will jump up onto us for yogurt, fruit, any baked goods, lil snot even stole a piece of turkey from my sandwich today. All of our true pets have become food thieves, but Stitch is the boldest and if we are eating ANYTHING he has to have some of it, he's begun singing/crying if we don't share....yeah he's just a lil spoiled, Roo's a close runner up, then Fudge and Ripple are tied for third. Thanks for two of the "brats" LeBlackBird.
You're very welcome!
Adorable pictures, Stitch looks great! Only one thing striking me right now though. Looking at the last picture, Stitch might actually turn out to be a Stitchette
Looks like a girl to me too.
I'll try getting some better head, comb and hackle pics. I'll honestly feel a little bad if Stich is a girl, only because I know you were hoping Stitch would be a pullet/hen LeBlackBird. IF Stitch is a she I guess we'll be building a bachlor pen and breeding pens sooner than I planned, wouldn't want her getting hurt.
Originally Posted by annie82005
anyone else decorate cakes here?
I do, but only for my son and only when my sister won't see it. She went for Baking and Pastry arts at Penn Tech, and I hate to make her feel bad by doing it instead of coming to her. Plus I hate having her attitude and temper flare because I do a better job than she does (according to my parents, fiance and others), but I've been baking/decorating for 20 years or more...
Originally Posted by LeBlackbird
Alright, I have a lot of updates to do, so apologies for possible pic overload!
First, an update on Nonalee, who is getting quite huge as of late! She follows me around the yard while I do chores (that thing in the corner is the top to my one poultry traveling cage thingy. It's yellow and covered in dirty scratches, but it's placed just well enough to give off the illusion of a hairy leg. gross.)
Also, the meaties got butchered last week...
Also, Oley Valley chick days, so I picked up new fluffies!
2 Cochin Bantams, one Red (still hoping for miracle frizzle) and one Silver Laced
3 D'uccles, 2 Mottled and 1 Porcelain
3 other bantams, 1 Buff Brahma, 1 Silver Duckwing OEGB, and 1 looks to be RIR
3 Assorted Cresteds, 1 Silver Laced Polish, 1 Gold Lace Polish, 1 Buff Laced Polish, and 1 Black Crevecoeur
also got 2 Royal Palm turkeys! So turkey math begins...
Awww I can't wait until I have enough room for some more chicks, Gavin's begging for gooslings .... We may be getting eggs this time, the future FIL is trying to pass a lot of his chicken stuff off to me (waterer, feeders, crates for breeding pens, a bator etc), as he hasn't had birds for years.
Originally Posted by My peeps
For those of you who send your chickens to "freezer camp" do you do the work yourself? At first I couldn't stand the thought of eating one of my pets but since I seem to be a rooster magnet I've decided to reconsider. I just don't know if I can do it myself. There is a guy a few minutes away that processes deer and he also did my neighbors steer. I wonder if it would be worth it for me to pay him to do my roosters. I'm new to all of this so any info you can give me would be great. Is it better to do it at a certain age?
I will be processing ours on our own, but we don't have many that are strictly for meat so I can space out processing. I know age to process depends on the breed, sorry I couldn't be more help.
Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick
Dear Valued Murray McMurray Hatchery Customer,
It has come to our attention the Post Office is requesting a change to the shipment of poultry through the mail. The following link is a copy of the proposal in PDF form or You can read the proposal on-line at the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/04/24/2013-09603/new-mailing-standards-for-live-animals-and-special-handling
They are asking that a Special Handle Fee be charged on every Live Animal Shipment. This proposal would increase the postage amount by $9.00 to $11.95 per box.
The proposal outlines the new fees to be charged but it does not include any new rules to insure us that service would also improve. Nor does it offer how additional funds would address their concerns about; Protection of Postal Service employees, mail and the environment, or animals against death.
Please read the proposed changes and send your comments to the US Post Office. We have included a link to a sample letter (in MS Word) for your use. (Sample Letter Link)
Make your voice heard, do it today. The comment period ends next week May 24. Thank you for your continued support.
Letters and e-mails must be submitted on or before May 24, 2013, by sending to the below address or Emailed to ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of "Live Animals".
The Manager, Product Classification
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446
Washington, DC 20260-5015
RE: 39 CFR Part 111 New Mailing Standards for Live Animals and Special Handling
Thanks for the info and link. Although I haven't ordered from anyone/anywhere yet I'll be mailing a letter in.