Originally Posted by coop410silkies
@Uzi: nice, nice pics. I understand the housing challenges, glad your Mom helped out. Hope you get the eggs you want. I am working with some older Speckled Sussex - with diminished fertility? The plan is to get more chicks from them while they can still lay, and housing is going to be something of a challenge if it's possible. As if we didn't have enough problems without making them up. On the other hand, the way to get rid of a problem is to get a bigger one. Hope your work problems go away. I am retired now - and deaf. My last employers hated that, because, even though I compensated with hearing aids, I had to get everything in writing; just wasn't their way of administrating or managing. In the end, my disability turned out to be my greatest asset.
First, I love the way your birds look! I never knew how colourful chickens could be and am still surprised and delighted by the variety.
I was a lot naive last spring when I thought my freshly hatched cockerel and his sire would get along just fine and everyone would live happily ever after. :D Sometimes, you gotta learn your lesson the hard way. I ended up with chickens and peafowl by accident, so I was and am still not prepared at all for anything. I'm forever grateful for everyone in this thread for answering my newbie questions and giving me advice - I owe my flock's continued existence to everyone here because I'm positive I would have had my tiny rooster die on me shortly after he adopted me and I never would have gone any further into chickens than that. I would definitely rather have animal problems to figure out than dealing with my work problems because at least they're a satisfying problem to work on.
I was in a bad car accident in July 2014 and have physical/mental disabilities now. Mostly, I'm having to deal with a coworker who has it in her head that I can't do my own job and has taken it over. She also spread the rumor around that I caused my accident on purpose through the entire division we work for (a state agency, so that slander went all over the state). It's frustrating since I'm pretty much stuck here until I finish my degree. Working for the government sucks, but they do offer decent benefits since I still have continuing issues from the accident.
Yesterday was really nice and everyone finally left their respective pens! Even Memnoch and Mercury left the barn. That didn't go so well. Calypso immediately began attacking Memnoch when he rushed into the little chicken yard and that ended up causing him and Odysseus to have a scuffle. 3 months of not seeing each other was just a reset for their aggression towards each other. Thank goodness for Damien, who walked up to them and put his foot down on Memnoch to stop the fight and diffuse the situation. After that, everyone was pretty chill until a large chunk of ice slid off the roof of the house and scared Damien (he walked around the yard, honking angrily at no one in particular for about 15 minutes after that).