Oh my! Karen you and I must be living parallel lives in some ways. My mom and dad just never had anything to do with ANY of my kids, and I wasn't really important to them either.
I'm SO PROUD of all the kids... adopted or step. Gee... I think of them "as if they were my own." Imagine that! My mom, who more or less disowned me for reasons no one in our family knows finally started coming around to some degree, but I feel like my kids never really got to know her before she died. My dad never gave a rip about them. He would say things that I felt were so hurtful I decided to limit my kid's exposure to that (and him.) It's pretty sad, and it's a hard decision. I always wished it was different and spent many hours wondering, analyzing and shedding tears over the situation. I finally just had to accept things for the way they were.
So in many ways I understand exactly what you are saying and you are justified in your actions. There is so much I could say about this but I don't think I could express it all even if I wrote a book, so maybe the best thing is just a
I typed up a big, long response earlier today after I got home from the swap, but my stupid computer locked up and I lost it all. For some reason it does that sometimes when I try to use the smileys. Does anyone else have problems with that sometimes?
The swap went fairly well for me. I was able to sell ALL of my larger birds, and a few chicks, but I really had quite a few chicks left to sell. Mine were priced higher than most of the others, so it's no wonder I have some left. Overall I was very happy how things went. The best part was getting to see and meet some other BYC'ers! Seriously! I really enjoyed that.
Prairie-Be sure to let me know how yours do.
Josie-Keep me posted on the poults. Still so far so good on this end. No flip overs and none have kicked the bucket. I hope yours do well, too.
Danz-The WCBP are doing well, and I am looking them over closely for my "pick." I'll be eager to get a pullet from you. They were a little scared and flighty when I got home, but I put them in 2 cages that are small enough that I can interact with them some. You know, "gainesburgers" work pretty good to get their attention and get them to come to you in the pen. That's what a lot of people use to cage train their show birds if they don't have access to mealworms, which are also more expensive. They go nuts over both. These roosters learned pretty quick that they liked those.
Tony-Hope the blue slates made the trip home okay and that your friend is happy with them. I will have only royal palms after this. If I had more pens I might have kept the blue slates, buy you know how that goes. Not enough room on the farm for everyone.
I probably missed someone somewhere along the line. Sorry if I did, but I truly did enjoy seeing everyone!