We have so many ups and downs on our thread! I can't imagine not having our Indiana Thread of like-minded people who grieve with those who've lost beloved friends and cheer when we see new babies and beautiful creatures.
@jchny2000 ~ I am so sorry to hear about Gracie. I'm glad that you found her and that she knew you were trying to help her. If I didn't live in a subdivision area, I would want geese more than anything after first seeing yours several years ago. They are such sweet and elegant birds.
Sometime when you're up to it, I ran across this interesting book that's too expensive to buy (it's a textbook), but you can read large sections of many books on Amazon by clicking on Look Inside. http://www.amazon.com/Avian-Cognition-Exploring-Intelligence-Individuality. This book has a chapter on geese. (Libraries are also, of course, good sources).
@chick rookie I can tell that Lacy would be a good mom! I had taken her egg away to discourage her broodiness since she is sick. She seemed upset that it was gone, so I gave her a brown paper mache egg. She was happy to have it, but apparently it wasn't enough— I looked in on her later, and noticed part of her dish sticking out from under her—then I saw her trying to tuck it in more! I had used the flat orange dish to elevate her snack plate. Poor thing, I wish I could give her a couple of hatching eggs.
Below: When I brought Lacy a new snack, I saw a corner of the orange dish sticking out
from underneath her. lol Then, she starts pecking around on the green bowl that is
elevating her new snack as though she was thinking about tucking it under, too!
I am happy that she is eating well and drinking her Tylan water, but she doesn't seem better. She sounds like she needs a vaporizer with Vick's! Of course I could kick myself for not getting her to the vet sooner, but she suddenly changed. She went from an occasional rattle to noisy breathing (not gasping or anything, more of a congested sound) and occasionally sneezing. Since she's been sick, I've only taken her outside (across the street) once a day. It's been warm. She takes a dust bath (not too dusty because of recent rain) and free ranges for around 20 mins. and then wants to go in—just like my Bonbon did when she was broody.
My other five girls are doing fine and have also enjoyed the warm temps. I'm so glad it's Daylight Saving Time! Yay!
@farmguy2007 ~ She is very pretty! What breed is she? Kind of reminds me of my Bantam Birchen Cochin, Lacy (pictured above) —they're both in the mama position.
@atrueb00 It's great to have you back! Thanks for posting all of the Upcoming Poultry Events on page 4693.
Loved all of your photos, too—gorgeous peafowl and more! That's interesting about your handsome dog Stitch's training to be a caregiver dog. Does that mean he will be placed in another home to help someone?
@ellymayRans ~ OMG!!!!! That's all I can say!
Hope Lacy gets to feeling better soon. She is a very funny girl even when she aint trying to hatch bowels.. lol Wait till you et her outside with the others and are trying to feed... Watch your eyes!!!! She will fly up on your shoulder and walk around with ya and sometimes I would get a wing tip to the eye... Wait till you see her out PLAYING in the rain... you will swear she is part duck!!