Trish/hawkeye- Don't you just love silkies and how they can morph back and forth between boys/girls. I am getting better at it but it is still tough!! I bought four silkie chicks that were five months old a while back and attempted to sex them at purchase and was right on all four!!! What luck huh? Sometimes the crest shape and the comb can give you a lot of clues. Sometimes the boys will have a hint more wattles than the girls but I had a silkie hen with a big comb and everyone on the silkie thread thought she was a "henny feathered" rooster until she laid an egg!!
She has overall been wonderful though, barks at stuff but not constantly and seems to be patrolling "our" property lines. Not sure how she knows what is ours but she sure seems to! Very smart girl and gonna get a haircut the end of this week cause she is full, full of cockle burrs. I keep picking them out and she just gets more. I have mixed feeling about clipping her because she is so pretty but it is impossible to keep her clean so I think I will cut her down to a bit less than 1/2 inch of hair, that should still provide some protection from bugs and thorns but keep her cool and clean.
I really love these silkies-- they are soooo sweet and fun to hold! Really great pets! Yeah, it was really crazy to see my bird go from boy to girl! :)
Hawkeye, I'll forward your info to Keena since she doesn't get on BYC. I just didn't have a clue since I have never had Silkies. She has caught the chickens addiction bad, chicken math has hit her on the first try.
We're starting to get used to all of the things the new car does, it's pretty amazing what they can do these days with electronic stuff. It has a lot of bells & whistles, but they're nice to have, just a lot to get used to. Here is a pic of it:
I hope IVY is still doing well & things are progressing as they're supposed to. We'll look forward to hearing from her again.
NO problem!! And wow-- love your car!! It's really spiffy looking! Is it a Dodge? I love Dodge! We are definitely fans of domestic cars here. :)
Up date on Ivy.
Danz, she is at St. Fransis.
When I talked to her just a few minutes ago, she was very sleepy, from all the meds. She has got up to use the restroom, and walk the hall with PT. She was expecting to go to PT any time now for therapy. She said she could lift her leg a little, and bend her knee just a little. Ivy is happy with the pain control that she has had. Sounds just like her but just really groggy. Told me she has had some nausea, and upsets to meds, but that just happens. So I believe she will do good, she always does, once she sets her mind to do it . Can't wait to see her. We always have a wonderful time. Ivy and I spent a lot of time together, I was closer to her than our older sister. We as kids always called her momma duck, cause we always had to follow in line behind her, and if you got out of step, she would let you have it. And you better do what she said, or else. Gee Whiz somedays it was really bad. Ugh.....
Wow, so she's walking on it already! Once the pain subsides from the surgery, I sure hope this will answer all her prayers for getting around! Sounds like you really adore your sister, and that's a fantastic thing! :) I wish my brother lived closer to me. We used to be really close, but since he moved to Lawrence, it's tougher to keep in touch. And his job keeps him really busy sun up to down down and he barely has a chance to answer texts or emails from me! (he's a dirty evil lawyer) Nah, he's one of the best-- a decent one!
You know Trish, your husband is right. It does pretty much take me all day to feed and water and then do it a second time around. That is one major reason for wanting to get that trailer done for the chickens and the new building done for the game birds. Can you imagine how many houses I would have if I had a separate one for every breed?
I got my wood all sorted and stacked so I can work on the trailer. DH doesn't want me drilling the post holes for the new building and pens so to keep my anxiety down I am going to attempt to work on the trailer some.
I spent the morning cleaning in the basement. No matter how often we changed the cat boxes it stunk in here. I went down and poured bleach on the floor and used the carpet shampooer to clean up the water and bleach. Now the whole house smells like bleach. But as unhealthy as that is it smells better than it did. I also took everything out of the hatcher to give it a major cleaning. I have another bunch of eggs to go in on Thursday so I wanted to start fresh.
I need to get out and sort some guineas and build another cage for my geese today too. Also trying to catch up on laundry. It's no wonder I never get caught up.
At least if I sell all those guineas that is one less pen to mess with for now. And maybe some of the smell will go away! They really do wreak!
Glad you got someone done for your trailer! I haven't done ANYthing lately on my brother's coop! He's going to kill me! LOL Today was chaos though. I took the kids to school, then took my van to the Dodge dealership to get warranty work done and the back brakes replaced. They had it all day and I was at the mercy of my mom driving around with her. Then she dropped me off at DH's job and i grabbed his car and came home... then had to turn around and pick up my oldest and get him to the Dr.. My Dh had his dad get him after work and take him to get my van and my inlaws had my Littles for the day.... sheesh, it was a mess. I hope I don't have anything like that again anytime soon. I hope the bleach cut the stink downstairs in your basement. After our house flooded, my mom put bleach into a sprayer (like you use for killing bugs--in one of those big tanks with a wand) and after they used the pressure washer to clean everything, she went back and sprayed all the cement with bleach a few times before it cut the river smell. So don't be surprised if you have to do it a couple more times before it comes out good. OH-- and then I think we painted the walls with a cement sealant to freshen it up. I know that made it smell better too.