Originally Posted by joannefiddler
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
I just lost an incredible investment in a flock of Welsummers and Guinea fowl. I dont breed for show or for birds for sale.... but that doesnt mean I dont Care about their quality of life....
I may have missed your explanation, but what happened Deb??
My well died. I had to scrape together 1500 to get the pump pulled up 450 feet and replaced.... Not a DIY job. Didnt know it till the big horse trough appeared to not be filling. Dang. The poultry pens each had enough water to last a few days in their 5 gallon tubs. All my livestock are on automatic waterers. The chickens were in a part of the back yard not accessible by truck.
So in order to water my animals I was hauling water every two days with a 300 gallon water tote. and about forty feet of 2 inch PVC pipe. The horse drinks a hundred gallons every two days..... So in order to water horse and goats and chickens I filled a couple of big tubs that were chicken height in the fenced yard. Along with the Goat water. So I had to let my poultry loose in the yard to drink.
For what its worth I get about with a rolling walker.... Weight and Arthritis so that was the best I could do.
My back yard is surrounded by dog kennel panels so I was hoping everyone would be ok for a week. Not so..... Tom my neighbor that keeps an eye on the place said a whole pack of coyotes hit my place on the fourth day. 10 Guineas, 25 Welsummers, 2 silkeys, 1 Araucana. Most were under a year old Some had never been out of their coop.
I wont be getting back into Poultry till I can be certain this will Never happen again. So I am doing a complete coop Poultry yard rebuild. Its all dog kennel panels so something I can do on a piece by piece basis. Then I will be focusing on Guineas and Sumatras only. Nothing that is a heavy egg producer.
I been slammed this year..... hard for other stuff too. So its time to take a break. besides its too hot right now to do any work up there, except that which is necessary.
Edited by perchie.girl - 8/29/13 at 10:33am