Originally Posted by FirewifeJess
Dave - thanks for all the thought provoking questions! Crop - when they wake up and I feeltheir necks, there's no bulge or anything to speak of. After they've eaten anything at all, I can feel a bulge, however large, and it's usually pretty hard feeling but the stuff inside moves around if I press or squeeze gently.
As for neighbor kids and injury...I haven't let them come back to see the chickens. William hasn't attempted to kick another chicken since you left, either (the spankings 2 days in a row seemed to get through)! Princess is actually one of my new birds that I got on Saturday after you guys left. That's why I think maybe she just stressed out big time and got sick with something. Cocci seems likely because of her poop. This morning she wasn't gaping her mouth, I don't think worms if they aren't likely in Western WA and since she's still only 10 weeks old. She truly seems exactly like the type of bird who will stress out and get sick though, she's a very sweet girl but I could visibly see that she missed her old home. She was so sad and sough out my attention right away!
Jessica, how's Princess doing this morning? I hope she's on the upswing.
What is with kids and chickens anyway? Good grief, the day we picked up our coop mine got so out of hand, it nearly sent me into shock. Granted, they had never seen a rooster, and it crowed. Next thing I knew, I had two boys chasing a rooster through a huge field. I was so embarrassed! I made my three kids draw and write cards of apology for the guy. Then we had long, long discussions about never, ever doing that to an animal again and how scary and dangerous it is for the animal. Thankfully the guy who made the coop was very good-natured about it. He even chuckled when the rooster crowed after he escaped the two-legged predators. Honestly, I think seeing a farm, with so many animals, overwhelmed the boys. Plus, they thought the barn was the coolest building ever. It made me realize my city kids need to see the country more. The crazy thing is - they have never chased our chickens, so I'm not exactly sure why that rooster got them so riled up.
I don't think they'll pull that stunt again. At least I certainly hope not. I didn't take a chance when I stopped by to pick up the incubators from Chubby Chicken. I told them if they stepped one foot out of the van, they'd lose all electronic privileges for the entire summer. Thankfully, they didn't test me on that - they stayed put.
So Jessica... I've been reminding my kids that you have more chickens than we do, and they better not get overly excited by them when we visit. I'm hoping, by the time we come visit you, I will have it completely drilled it into their heads that they will not touch, or pick up or chase a single chicken of yours. If they do anything you don't want them to, just tell them to stop. I will back you on it. They are pretty good at listening if someone asks them not to do something. If I tell them not to do something, please don't say "oh, that's OK if they do that." When people do that, it causes more problems than its worth. I think that added to the problem at the farm. They had walked into the barn, and I had told them to stay out and get back into the van. The guy had said "Oh, that's OK." Things went downhill pretty fast after that. In their minds, the guy who owned the farm trumped mom's request.