Good morning folks
Very interesting reading on the feed and hormones/antibiotics, thank you.
I have some fish in my ponds that are probably around the 5 year old mark and yep, I am attached to them also Not only do we do chicken head counts here, we do goldfish head counts also
While the new coop and run does not have as many ‘check that it is locked’ places as the old one did, I do confess to getting half way up the path after checking everything is locked and going back to check again
kat79 I hope your hen is OK now.
Fizzybelle yep, I do know the good quality of Martyn’s items and hope I did not give the impression that I thought otherwise. I can not fault his great service and prices. His large live meal worms are so much bigger and cheaper than the only place I have found them locally. Unlike the live meal worms though, I do not think he actually processes the crickets, just distributes them. Dusty, who was the only other one who seemed interested in them and ate them with KiKi, had diarrhoea for a couple of days. Again, this could all be a huge coincidence but I may have got a bad batch. Anyway, the little Diva’s and Princesses get live and dried meal worms and were not that keen on the crickets, so I will err on the side of caution with the batch I have and not hand them out. Hubby agrees that it probably was not the crickets but the ‘what if it was’ thought and the possible consequences if it was, is enough for me to not continue to feed them.
Anniebee my girls do not love the dried meal worms as such but they are a good back up for when the stocks of live ones are running low. Also, while we give them a couple of live meal worms each intermittently during their free range time, we do throw a hand full of dried ones on the lawn occasionally, al fresco
Anyways, I think they eat the dried ones because they were introduced to live ones first. Martyn’s recommends adding a dash of cold press extra virgin olive so that the dried mealworms look ‘life-like’ to the birds’ but I have not personally needed to do that.
Well, it was a long day and when we got to the football, no seats and we had to stand and while I am not what I consider old, long sitting stints on buses and trains and standing on hard concrete to watch the game has left me with a few aches in the ankles and knees today, it was so worth it though .. we won!
Got home to find the girls nicely tucked up on the roosts, safe and sleeping. My son said he did not hear a peep out of them and hopefully the morning free range made up for being locked up in the afternoon.
Once again, the neurotic side of me sent hubby out to check the girls first thing this morning and all was well. A couple more days and hopefully the paranoia will wear off.
Plans for today are to get the grocery shopping done early [closed tomorrow] and then home to scrub the coop floor and clean out the large fish pond [a bit of gunge build up on the bottom, leaves etc, has actually reduced the depth of the pond].
Of course, I will have lots of little helpers/advisors while doing the outside chores
Edited by Teila - 4/23/16 at 3:34pm