Ok – am doing the Word Doc thing --- have to this time, so many goodies here, but it is a grand idea anyway. Can only hope I don't miss anyone, where an answer might be a thought. Apologies in advance if I do.
LuckysMum …. As mentioned, ISA’s ( poor wee mites ) are hybrids – bred for egg laying only, and are often mean machines. Others said pretty much the same thing. They have been known to re-produce, if covered by a rooster. Here is a link I found very informative and interesting about them : http://www.suburbanchooks.com.au/information-sheets/isa-brown-information/
But some that have been raised from chicken-hood, can be gentled into becoming nice ( so I have been told ). Nice to you that is, not necessarily to any different chook breed. !! They are very dominant. I have heard of ISAs' living quite a bit longer than 3-4 years, but that is rare. Special loving care in a home flock because there's only 2 or 3 of them, might extend their lives. They do run out of ovum fairly quickly, apparently.
Potato chip …. Same thing applies … a further problem is, no-one knows, when they get chickens, just how long those chickens are going to last. Some live good long lives, ( maybe 8 to 14 years ??? ) …. Others simply don’t. …. one of the downers of keeping chickens …. lost my Milly Barnevelder at about 20 months of age - simply keeled over and died - from no-one knows what. ( did not have a necropsy done ). One day fine, the next day quiet and resting, and the third at midday - gone.
And it is quite normal for chickens to ‘accompany’ ( be temporary guard I think ) to their BFF’s when their best friend is in lay mode. Mandy watches without fail, over Molly when she is laying. Mind you, Mandy I don’t think ( but really cannot be sure ) has not laid since January, so perhaps is trying to re-learn her job ( although she is still somewhat in moult mode so I don’t think is interested – yet, and certainly her pinkish comb indicates she is not ready ). But they have never fought over nesting rights, and as chickens can with-hold on laying, I believe they can ‘wait their turn’ in the nesting area. Seemed that way, when Mandy was laying …. have to wait until Spring I think to see if she lays again.
Fizzybelle …. Will try and provide a few pics of Mindy Araucana soon. Don’t know of many chickens who are fond of cameras. She is the Australian version of an Araucana, and with that I am happy … she is smallish, very feisty ( can give a cheeky peck at times for no apparent reason, and prefers not to cuddle, but will give in to all kinds of happy hour stuff, once she is inside, drying off ( or whatever ). She just adores being inside. Loved your photo of Mabel. She is gorgeous, a real blue lilac colour. What a pretty girl.
And note my first para to MyHaven, re Araucanas. ... and facial features etc.
MyHaven …. The range of egg colours from Mindy is quite amazing when they are all lined up together ( when she is laying ) …. There are in fact more than the three colours I mentioned – they simply range in hue !!. And she lays eggs with massive yolks, which surprises me. Perhaps she is an 'easter-egger' but with very distinctive Araucana features, including high crown, rose comb, large beard, a n d .... tufts at either side of her face ( admittedly small tufts ).
Re : ‘the visiting cat ‘. First, no matter which cat bites you, ( your own or someone elses’ – we ( this applies to all of us here ) should have on hand ( when dealing with animals ) some form of anti-biotic to immediately put on a scratch, bite or whatever. The best thing I have EVER come across is Bactroban. It is only available on prescription and is rather expensive as I don’t think it is yet on NHS. It is superb, remarkable, fantastic – and I would not be without it in the house. Only needs a tiny bit used at a time to do the job. And you are right – cat will be back, especially if hungry, as you have an abundance of food there for it … and it will fight your cat for the privilege of eating, if nothing else.
If nothing like Bactroban available, pour undiluted Dettol on the wound, and if possible rub it hard and fast, into the wound. It doesn't hurt nearly as much as it sounds like it might. That also is excellent, and has cured me of many cat bites and scratches in the past. As potato chip said - " Cat mouth germs are not something you want injected into you."
A while back, a cockatoo landed on my hand when I was feeding some BOSS to them,
( cheeky little beggar ) …. And when I moved, he/she dug her entire hooked beak deep into the fleshy side of my hand. I bled like crazy – stopped the bleeding with pressure, let it bleed again, pressure stopped it – ran it under cold water, dried it with pressure, and applied the Bactroban and a bandage with changes every day. Within a week, it had gone – with barely any sign of the deep wound it had created. Not cockies fault – it thought my hand was a branch moving and did what they always do, hung on while it changed position on my hand / arm, for the few seconds it remained there before I shrieked and shook it off. .
Perhaps you might let your dear little cat out when she wants to have a pee under superivison – or provide two or three trays of litter for her here and there, and confine her to barracks for a few weeks. That’s if you are not inclined to adopt the white & tortoiseshell cat …
I recently updated my Tetanus shot, mainly because I work with animals ( and 3 birds !! ) such a lot. That has to be considered too … I use rubber gloves to discard few days old straw only – ( I leave the wood shavings and add to them for deep litter purposes ) … and also when cleaning out the nesting box ( sorry – 'sleeping' box ), I wear a mask, so’s not to breath in dry chook woopsies from the ‘bed’. Gathering that up in late afternoon, tends to send up some fine woopsie powder into the air. Don’t want that in my lungs.
That's about it for the moment folks ..... !!
Have a great remainder of your weekend.
Edited by Anniebee - 4/16/16 at 5:24am