Originally Posted by Hawkeye95
I'm glad your horses are all doing well in this heat. It sounds like you have better conditions up there-- maybe even a bit cooler, or something.
My neighbor gave me 10 little cedar trees!! So I'm going to go out there and put them into the ground here in a bit. I already sweat my bootie off putting up horse grain and setting out a new 50lbs salt lick for the horses. Holy moly, I don't remember those licks being THAT heavy. Ugh. Anyway, I'm thinking ahead to winter and how the wind just whistles right thru here with no breaks, so I'm going to set up a mini wind break. I know 10 trees won't do it, but it'll be a start. He said he has more, so I'll have to go dig those up later. He's been planting them all around the property line of his place and they seem to grow REALLY fast. I've been so impressed with the native cedar-- they have a great shape to them and they seem to thrive in the heat.
Hawkeye- I don't know if its cooler, it sure doesn't feel like it sometimes! We have a heavily wooded area and the horses hang out in there during the day so that helps. Plus mine are younger still for the most part aside from Denver who is 17, I think. You have some older mares right? My old quarter horse mare never dealt with the heat well at all. It has been so miserable out.
You can come up to my house and take all the cedar you want!!!! People up here treat it like a weed. I have cut several down because they spread so rapidly. I left a few as a wind break but the neighbor said they will shoot up everywhere if you let them. I have two trees to plant and have been draggin my heels cause the ground is so hard, I don't envy you with ten!
Originally Posted by tweetysvoice
This reminds me of a story about my (now) 13 yr old black lab, Fritz - this story is when he was just a couple years old. I'd been out mowing the lawn, and ran across a nest of baby bunnies. Being the animal lover I was, I ran inside, grabbed a shoebox and picked them all up (or so I thought). I planned on keeping them in the box till I was done mowing, then i'd put them right back and recover the nest. I brought them inside to show my daughter the baby bunnies and Fritz followed me in. Next thing I knew, he dropped a baby bunny at my feet. Like your chick, it was perfectly fine except quite a bit slobbery. He'd just found one when I was picking them up and thought he'd help!
This heat is HORRIBLE! We've had several heat strokes come into the ER, so please please be careful and drink lots of water if you are going to work outside! We got quite a big storm here in Lawrence last night. Most of the rain had missed us the past few weeks, so we reallllly needed it. Lightening knocked out the power though. I went to a concert in Kansas City last night and got home about midnight. We were just getting ready for bed and about 12:45 the power went out. We were so exhausted that we just went to bed. It got really hot overnight and the power didn't kick back on till about 7:30 this morning! It's a really good thing that we had taken off this morning in anticipation of getting home late. If it would have been a "normal" morning, I'm not sure that I would have woken up without the alarm going off. I normally have to get up before 6 to start work at 7. I'm a night owl and can easily stay up till 3am if I don't have to be up in the morning. My perfect sleep schedule would be 2am to 10am, but the birds would hate that! LOL
Glad your electricity came back on, I bet it was toasty with no ac! I had a duck dance going on in the pool today and I had to laugh because it made me think of your silly ducks!
Originally Posted by Trish44
I went back out to feed & check on everyone this evening & found one of my Swedish Flower Hen chicks down. They were all fine at the last check this afternoon, but I found her laying down on her side with her wing out at the back corner of the pen. She was off balance & couldn't stand at all, so I know she got too hot. I brought her in & wet her down & now have a cool wet towel over her on my lap. I have given her electrolytes by syringe a couple of times already & she kind of looks a little bit better. Her comb was just almost white when I brought her in & it's now starting to pink up a little. She still can't stand, but at least she can hold her head up now. When I move the towel she opens her eyes & looks around & then goes back to sleep. I'm hoping I found her in time. It's so strange how they go downhill so fast because I had just been out there two hours before.
Here are some pics of her, she is such a pretty little thing I hope she recovers.
I know she is not feeling well because she is not even attempting to get off of my lap at all & I know that wouldn't happen if she was feeling better. I went back out after finding her to make sure all the rest in that pen were OK & they were. I'm going to keep this one in a dog crate in the house tonight & hopefully when she gets re-hydrated & cooled off completely she will come around. That's what I'm hoping anyway. I'm going to get the ingredients for the homemade electrolyte solution when I go to buy groceries so I will have it, I have a feeling I'm going to need more than those little packets I have for chicks.
Medawinks, how is your hen doing that you had to bring in? I hope she's doing better also.
Poor little thing, hope it is ok!
Originally Posted by HEChicken
Josie, I kept seeing people quote you and finally realized I had missed one of your posts so I had to go back 3 pages to find it. That is a neat story about Lucie and the chick - I think she is going to be a great LGD for you once she matures.
Ivy, so sorry about the loss of the Rosecomb. Why is it always the ones we care about the most that are lost. I guess not ALWAYS, since my grey pullet did not become a fox victim but so often it really does seem to work that way. I have some barnyard mutts that don't have a lot of personality that if I lost them I'd think "Huh - I'm gonna miss the eggs from that one but...life goes on" and then I have some that it would be very disappointing to lose and which ones always go first? Yes, of course, my unsociable, unfriendly, barnyard mutts are always the survivors.
Trish, how old is that Swedish Flower Hen? I hate to say it but if it is as young as I think it is, it looks like a roo to me. Is a male Swedish Flower HEN still a HEN? Anyway, I hope he/she pulls through with the extra attention you are giving it.....
We didn't get any rain here today, but I had to drive to Andover and it was storming there. Wish we had got some of it....
I hope she shapes up! Carrying chickens around the yard is definitely not in job description! We have had some serious issues with the carrying chickens around thing but I haven't caught her doing it, just found very bruised slobbered chickens and a few that didn't survive the carrying around. I am hoping we can remedy it, I was just surprised that she wasn't "playing" with it like I had imagined. How is Tory doing with your birds?
Ivy-SO sorry you lost your Rosecomb, this weather is just miserable.