Hello! I have survived the longest week ever, or at least it feels that way. It's the end of the year and there are moving up ceremonies, graduations, dance recitals and all kinds of crazy things that require a lot of me getting everyone dressed and equipped on time. Whew.
Hi to all the new members, hope you all stick around!
Caleb, your sister is completely adorable, "Gik-ens! Gik-ens!" I love that she is so patient and calm holding the rooster, who is also adorable (handsome?) Pinocchio is very good-looking indeed. What breed is that?
Congrats and hard work rewarded to Carolyn for training all her hens to stop eating eggs and to sit on the roost properly. Honestly I am full of good intentions but I never seem to have the time to actually go out and do these training sessions. I meant to clicker train one of the hens to do tricks but alas it never happened and now I'm more focused on getting the puppy to stop teething/biting us. One day I will have free time, and I will use that free time to ... nap. lol.
I did however solve the soft shell issue by mixing in a handful of crushed oyster shell into the feeder and keeping them in the coop/playyard for a few days straight. I think when it's mixed in the food they're more likely to just gobble it up. When I put it out separately they just knock it over/ignore it. Now if I can teach them to not knock over the chick grit container I'd be golden.
I don't have a roosting box that locks up, it's all part of the exercise pen, etc. My fencing is hardware cloth though and we extended it underneath the soil a few feet so anything that digs is going to be met with resistance. I also have four of those predator eyes which are helpfully sitting in a drawer in the kitchen. Free time, free time... maybe today is the day that I put those up, weed the garden, walk the dog 3 miles and organize my desk. Right.... That basically explains why I don't worry if they're roosting outside the house though, at least they are still somewhat safe. It's all about how much time you have to worry about this stuff in any event.
Our tree swallows are still nesting, thank g, I though some sparrows had evicted them but i checked and they're ok. I also have nesting wrens in the yard in what I like to call the Fabulous Gay Cardinal Condo. Something cheap that I picked up at K-Mart ages ago, and since it was made in China I don't think they realized that female cardinals have a different color than the males, hence this:
is what I like to think of as alternative lifestyle housing for birds. I was on ancestry.com for a little bit at 1:00am and I found the name of my great-uncle's partner. It's very exciting to have an actual name and an address where they both lived, it's been hard to track him down. I wonder if he has any relatives my age still alive, it would be interesting to see if they have any stuff we don't.
Gunnar - are you here? - did you get any pictures from the MA show? Share some please!
I am also looking at changing up my feed for the birds. I am trying harder to avoid GMO stuff and the more I read about commercial feed the ickier I feel. Sand as filler - immature canola seeds - vitamins from China - ugh. I give them veggie scraps occasionally and I let them out when it's safe but I really want to avoid the yucky stuff. What brands do you all use?
Ok have to walk dog and retreat back to stalker mode.... I'm here though, just too tired to type.