a day with my chooks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by curliet, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went to the Barn yesterday, and the chickies were very glad to see me, and could hardly wait for me to open up the coop and let them out. They do have a small covered run that they can get into but it's not the same thing as having free run of the whole place. So, about 1 hour of freedom and all of a sudden we had a crisis. Hawks have been hanging around a lot lately, we've been very lucky that none has been capable of grabbing any of our birds. So, the chickens are all pecking around the front yard (so to speak) of the Barn, and Lil Spanky our 100 lb lab is laying contentedly in the middle of the group. I went into the Barn to pour a cup of coffee and all of a sudden 3 hens, our rooster Buff and Spanky came bursting thru the door all at once, chickens squawking and Spanky barking. Later I realized there was a comic element there, they were all trying to fit thru the door at the same time, like in the old cartoons. I tried to run outside to see what was going on and had a bit of trouble getting out the door, because Buff and Spanky had decided to go back out to do their job as protectors. So then it was the three of us trying to fit thru at the same time. When I got out there, I couldn't find any hens, and then I saw them under my car. Buff called them out and escorted them, running and flying back to the coop and everyone ran inside but Buff. Spanky ran around growling but neither she or I could find anything. I'm assuming there was a hawk attack. Buff stood under a tree next to the coop making all the loud rooster sounds he could think of, refusing to go into the coop, or even come out from under the tree. In the meantime it started pouring down rain, and so I was soaked. Even tho after searching around to make sure everything was safe, I went in and threw some more wood in the stove, I couldn't seem to warm up. With arthritis and fibromyalgia, getting cold is a real disaster. I had to wait for Buff to decide that he didn't want to stand around in the rain anymore, he wouldn't go into the coop no matter how many times I chased him around it in circles. Weh he finally gave up and I hit the road, I was just in terrible pain, and had a couple hr drive ahead of me. By the time I got home I was really miserable, and went straight to bed. I do feel somewhat better today, still achey, going to take things easy today. BTW, I did bring home 35 new eggs.
    An observation that I made....when Buff wants to scratch his head, he doesn't move his foot to sctratch with, he holds his foot up and rubs his head around on his foot. I never noticed that before.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I feel for you. I have fibro., Raynaud's Syndrome and two tumors on my spine just to add to the misery. I've had 5 blood vessels in my hands burst spontaneously (thanks to the Raynaud's) already this week without it really even turning cold yet. Caring for all the critters in the torrential rain we had yesterday was miserable enough without the cold. I definitely know what you're going through. :aww
    At least your chickens were nice enough to give you that bounty of eggs for all your trouble. Chickens just have a way of making you feel better no matter how bad you're feeling.
    P.S. I've noticed a drastic decrease in my fibro. pain with the supplement of Vitamin D3, with my doctor's approval of course.
     
  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great story... made me laugh! [​IMG]

    I too take Vit D for fibro, and I try to always stay warm!
     
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    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:OT- chicabee, are you making sure it's vitamin D 3 ?
    Both 2 and 3 are readily available, but 2 is not absorbed as well.
     
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OT -- yes, it's Cholecalciferol - recommended by my Naturopath. I buy it online. [​IMG]
     
  6. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, please tell me more about this vitamin D 3!

    Do either of you have problems with Barometric changes? I seem to have a surge in pain no matter if the change is for the good or for the bad, just the fact that it's a change does it.

    My poor DH really makes an effort to stay informed about my fibro, but with the many symptoms that it has, he never knows what's going on with me. Some days it's a headache, or numbness in arms, legs or fingers and some days just plain pain. Today it's the short circuits in the brain that make it hard for us to remember what we were doing, saying or thinking. I would love something that would help with all of the above.
     
  7. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes. I have a lot of those things too.

    Come and play Crazy C with us over on the Games board!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    curliet - Here's an article that explores the link between Vitamin D deficency and fibromyalgia. It was this article that got me to thinking about it.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/2008-02-01/Vitamin-D-Sunshine-Supplements.aspx

    When I discussed the article with my doctor she said it was highly possible. For alot of years I stayed indoors alot; not only because I just didn't feel like going outside but also because of a medication I take that makes me sun sensitive.
    Last winter I started out taking 4,000 IU of the D-3 daily. I maintained that dose until this summer when I am outside outside alot more - thanks to my chickens! I took 2,000 IUs all summer. Now with winter visiting again I am going to be increasing back to the 4,000 soon.
    And added benefits: I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome about 15 years ago. I knew I wasn't lactose intolerant, because I could eat cheese and yogurt, but not milk or ice cream. About 6 months after I started taking the supplement I noticed that I could drink milk again and have way less trouble with my GI tract. The doctor said I must have been severly D deficient for that to happen. Also, I don't get the winter time blues nearly as bad as I used to.
    P.S. We bought a barometer just so I would know when it was the barometric changes that were causing a flare-up.
     
  9. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow gritsar, that's interesting! I am not allowed to be in direct sun more than 5 minutes or so, which is one reason I take the D.

    Did you hear they just upped the standard IU of Vit D?

    I've only been taking 1000 mgs and can't honestly say I can pinpoint improvement to that one thing. Maybe I should up my dosage.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's my understanding that while Vit. D is a fat soluble vitamin it would take dosages in the 10,000 IU range before it would start to become toxic. The article explains that I believe.
     

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