Goodness, its been a while since I posted anything. Did not realize how much time had gone by. Guess the adage of time flies when having fun holds true!
So much to catch up on reading. Not sure I can get that accomplished!! lol
Been busy busy busy on various projects. The coop remodel looks great, so roomy and better designed for functionality, complete with hinged roosts (enough for a flock of close to 80 +/-), curtained nesting boxes, built-in inside dust-bathe box, a cage cabinet housing 6 separate cages with supply storage above, new large feed bins that hold 80-100 lbs of feed at a time (yay!), two hanging broody cages, and an added on brooder! Awaiting sand for the flooring (hopefully next week) and then I can start enclosing the run which will cover a 30' x 18' +/- area and adding fun things for them in the run. Can't wait to embellish and make cute/appealing with little touches here and there!
Also been working on a new craft/tool/workshop shed about the size of a two car garage. Its been a slow process with a lot of obstacles. UGH.
The inside remodel has come a long way as well. Almost completely done with both the second bathroom and the living room! Wowser!
We now have three goats, too! What fun! One white and cream Kiko with grey tear stains, I named Tearston; one chocolate brown and white La Mancha named Moses, and one tri-colored Nubian named Maximilian. We banded them last week, so they're wethers now. We know nothing about goats, so this has been and will be an adventure for sure!
The hawks on our property have multiplied, and there for a while were dive-bombing the flock, large birds and all, while I was standing not but 10' away! As a result, lost several birds. So one week was spent researching and implementing various hawk-deterrent methods, which also included me running around like a screaming banshee waving my arms to scare them away. What a sight! SMH. Now we have three scare-hawk ladies that I've adorned with plastic strips, ribbons, tin cans, and old CD's that sure reflect and cause commotion when the wind blows and the sun shines. I move them every few days to keep the hawks guessing. So far so good.
A handful of chickens came down with a laryngitis-like issue about a month ago. Affected their voices and caused a little sneezing. No drainage and no lethargy, so just been watching them closely. All seemed ok for the most part until yesterday one of my toddler chicks looked pretty pekid and began gasping for air and noticed what looks like a conjunctivitis. So, he's separated, lots of TLC, and antibiotics. That began the mad-cleaning of all the waterers, pools, feeders, roosts, etc, and a round of tetracycline for the flock today. Hope that gets nipped in the bud as I have 7 baby polish chicks in the brooder now, and 7 ducklings arriving this week.
Looking to add more to the flock, as several of my colored-egg-layers became predator prey (hawks most likely). I was hoping to get them now so they'd be laying by spring. But, it seems most the hatcheries are done for the season, so I must wait.
Got to spend quite a bit of time with the grandkids this summer, and am expecting two more come February and April 2016! YAY!
The chicken garden got put on hold til next year, and instead we now have an explosion of burs/stickers! EVERYWHERE. The whole place seems infested with them! Its never been this bad before! UGH! So, next year's work will be doubled to eradicate those pesky things completely! And the wasps this summer have seemed to quadruple. Don't know what's up with that; however, with my allergy to their stings, I am forever terrified and cautious where I go. Anyone else having these issues this summer?
Well, hopefully I can get some catching up done - we shall see. lol