You guys are making me remember when mine were little. My son turns 30 today! My daughter turns 33 later this month! And I'll be 57 soon enough. My daughter finally provided me with a grandson last year but they live in DC so I rarely get to see him. :( Still, he's adorable. :)
Had my quarterly AI testing this morning. My tester, Lisa, is a morning person like me so she'll come at 7:00 am. For me that gets it out of the way, and we're catching chickens still on the perch in the dawn light so it's easier. Also, it means that I am her first stop of the day which reduces the chance of cross contamination. For her, it means she can hopefully get finished earlier in the day and have a couple hours to run personal errands or just chill.
Have had no hawk losses since the cornfields were cut and the hawks could hunt again. Not a single chicken gone now, out of ...hmmmmm.... maybe 150-175??? I'll count them one day. Maybe.
Speaking of which, I let one of my broodies, who has been consistently broody since last xmas, hatch some eggs for me. I have broken this hen several times over the summer and she's gone back to being broody within a couple weeks. She's very thin from this, so I figured if I let her hatch, she'd finally put some weight back on. She's got six Welsummer chicks for me. There were seven, but one got stuck in the fence and died. :( I moved them as soon as that happened, into a safer area. If she mothers them well, I'll just start letting her hatch when she goes broody. I've another broody that has been stubborn, too. I think I'll give her some eggs this weekend and see how she does. Why not?
Edited by Hollowoakfarm - 10/9/15 at 5:25am