Jcat - I'm so sorry to hear about your goats :( I know how it is to have a critter dying in your lap and there's nothing you can do about it. **hug** so sorry.
Wow, it's probably been a month since I've been on. I hope no one else has had any disasters like Jcat. I've had my hands full here. Just popped back on to ask how much harder it is to break a broody guinea than chicken. I had told DH I thought one of our guineas were sitting cause I swore I was seeing her occasionally, but never all of them in one spot so it's hard to tell. Sure enough this morning she was screaming bloody murder and I found her. Apparently something got her eggs (or possibly chicks as long as it's been) during the night. She was refusing to get off the nest and attacking the dogs for getting near her. Hmph, is it easier to just leave her and wait for her to figure it out? I don't want to waste time on a lost cause, but I'd also like to get her out there eating bugs again!
Hey! I wondered what happened to you, figured you'd been busy. I know the guinea I had sitting was getting eggs taken every night and that's why I took her eggs and put them in the incubator (McGuyver has the babies). And she was SCARY when I was taking the eggs, too!! Puffed up 3 times her size and made some weird Axl Rose noise and charged us. I almost fell over backwards with the eggs. She got over it as soon as the eggs were gone though so maybe your girl will, too.
Yea, it's definintely Pox, been there, done that. I had wet pox mixed in with some of mine though and actually lost some birds to wet pox. You can get the vaccine from Jeffers (or about anywhere) online. It's only $6 but then shipping is $12 because they have to send it cold. But still-$20 isn't bad. There's enough vaccine for 1000 birds but you have to use it all within an hour or 2 of mixing. So I guess basically if you want to keep the girl $20 worth you could do that and vaccinate her, it's just a stick in the wing web, they send the needle prong to do it with. Then just keep her separate another 2 wks to let the vaccine take and you could mix her with yours. I'd also deworm her if that's something you normally do with yours.
morning everyone.... i have to say, i am totally in love with dominiques! check this out- i put her in with the cochin girls, figured there'd be some fussing, nope- nada... they acted like they'd always been together! so cool!! i have the other 2 cochins to add to the group once the weather cools down- then i think they may just stay in their own coop and enclosure...
meanwhile, Lucky, the roo that isn't...:)
Cochins are awesome like that, they'll always be my favorite. The Bantams seem a lot bossier and not as easy to integrate but my LF Cochin girls have always been perfect ladies.
Lucky looks great! I can't wait to get my 1st group caponized. I put it off until it got under 100 degrees. It's still showing 102 for today and 106 for tomorrow and 106 for Sunday. I'm so sick of this weather. I used to love it until I had the birds to worry about.
Did you know caponized boys grow super long sickle, hackle and tail feathers? Cool, huh? Does he act any different yet? Did he quit crowing? Did his comb shrink?