Why I've not been around

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Kitsune, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Kitsune

    Kitsune Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Manchester - England
    Well I thought I'd stick up a quick summary of why I've been scarce around the BYC forums over the past year.

    I started University, while it's not as strenuous work-wise as I'd expected (and in truth hoped it would be) it is taking up a great deal of my time, meaning that the rest of my life needs to be somehow squeezed around studies. Those that know me will be pleased to know I'm well on track so far to come out of this with a first class degree so even though things are getting mildly hectic I'm still managing to do more than enough study to get me thorugh this on top [​IMG]

    The course involves a lot of traveling, so far my schedule for both study and pleasure is - Wash DC March - April, Madeira in April, South Dakota from Dec-May next year and then Louisiana May - June, home for a couple of weeks to unload and reload and then off to South Africa for 2 weeks!

    *head spins*

    The course I'm doing is Wildlife Ecology and Behavour (thinking about doing a study on the red jungle fowl for my final year project but not sure if I can work out the where/how side of it in time) but as its in the Biology department there are a number of modules available for the choices that relate specifically to humans so I'm getting a really good combination of animal/human biology and health.

    Some of you know I was having problems with Shadow (my 7yr old husky for those who don't know me), and that's probably about the time I drifted away from EZboard as there was just so much stress, coupled with the breakdown of a long term relationship and all that goes along with it. Shadow is doing better than expected in many ways, though she is having a few health issues, medication is controling them well and hopefully we can postpone surgery for a year or two.

    On the chicken front things are very quiet here, I went away with mum between Xmas and new year for 3 days, the 3 chickens we had were given plenty food and water and the coop was left open, we hadn't been closing it at night for months and had no problems with predators (one of the good things about living in a fairly enclosed ex council estate) however when we came back there was no chickens, I had 2 white and one brown chickens and though htere were a few white feathers scattered about there were no brown ones. I can't see a predator taking a chicken without drooping a single feather so unfortunately I think it was the neighbours. They were not happy when I processed the extre roosters from the last hatch, though I thought it had been sorted out when I invited her round to talk the next day and to my surprise she admitted quite readily to being a hypocrite and I offered to let her know in advance when I planned to process more so she wouldn't have to be exposed to it accidentally.

    But this won't stop me from keeping chickens, when I'm sure the weather won't turn nasty I'm thinking about getting a 'broody hen' silkie x something and when she inevitably starts to sit I'll slip some chicks under her - instant flock! (and without the perils of brooding chicks myself, I'm sure she will do a much better job that I would ever be able to!)

    Sorry this got so long, I only meant to do a short update! Now it's time to run before i miss my train!

    Hopefully I'll be around a whole lot more now I've settled into student life [​IMG]
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Nice to meet you Kitsune, what a facinating (and busy!) life you have!
    I'm sorry to read about you chickens and trouble with your neighbor:eek:, but I'm glad it won't stop you from getting another flock.
    Best of luck with your studies!
  3. @migocontodos

    @migocontodos In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Commonwealth Of Virginia
    Good to hear from you Kitsune..it's been to long!

    Sounds like school is exciting! You should enjoy that a lot...it's always better when 'work" is fun!

    Take care of yourself and please keep us updated on what you do during your travels! Sounds like it will be INTERESTING!

  4. Grammi

    Grammi Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Rogers City, Michigan
    Thanks Kitsune, I have wondered where you were. I always keep up with people here although I don't post often. Sounds like good things going your way now. Great. Don't wait so long to update, ok. Gail
  5. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Hi Kitsune, I was thinking about you the other day. Any chance you're going to be at the National Show at Stoneleigh on sunday? Glad things are getting better for you though.

    Did you report the neighbours to the plod? There's a list of crimes that they could be charged with if they did what you think they did.

    Edit: I can't think of anything that we have here that would kill them without a load of feathers. If it was foxes then they wouldn't have been able to carry off three, and they would have left a load of feathers. Badgers - not particularly common in urban areas and also the same reasons as foxes. Hawks? Wouldn't take three.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2007
  6. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Wow, Vikki, You have been really busy! Im glad to see you back with us again.

  7. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Hi Kitsune, Good to hear from you. It sounds like you are doing great things. Congrats on your studies. I never doubted that you would be involved in a life of animals. Keep us posted on you travels and any new things that you can share.

    Jaynie, Bryant Alabama
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Glad to see you again...I was goign through my address book and came across your info...hmmm
    Sounds like you're the industrious little beaver...Sorry about the S/O and about Shadow too! And the chickens, stupid neighbours.:mad:
    I'm so jealous that you'll be getting to travel all over. Good luck with school and don't forget about all of us.[​IMG]
  9. beckt

    beckt Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Glad to hear the update. Man your life sounds like you are lucky if you have time to sleep. Glad school is going well. What kind of problems is Shadow having? I had not heard. As far as Exs go I think most of us have at least 1, well 2 in my case. LOL
  10. Kitsune

    Kitsune Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Manchester - England
    Well thankyou everyone for the replies [​IMG]
    @migocontodos, definitely agree with you on the study-fun thing, there are some modules at the moment that are a real struggle to get up and go into (taxonomy - not my favorite subject at all!) but others where I am actually interested and learning like the neuropysiology that we have just finished studying, and we had a blind essay worth 20% of the unit mark all about it [​IMG] I am very confident of my mark in that particular area!

    I will definitely keep you updated on my travels, I can't wait to get started (speaking of which I need to make sure I get my cheque into the tutor soon!)

    Grammi, I'm hoping to be around a whole lot more now so updates should be coming in thick and fast [​IMG]

    V Chic Chick, I didn't know there was a national show! But this weekend I can't do as I'll be up at the drop zone in Cumbria watching the wind sock and clouds and hoping I get to jump out of a plane!

    As for predators, we had one chicken killed by a cat of all things months and months ago and kept the coops locked up after that for a while but it had all been quiet and again, there just wasn't enough feathers for it to have been a predator.
    I spoke to the neighbours a couple of days ago and (obviously) they swore it wasn't them, I'm not going to bring the police into it because a- I have no proof so they wouldn't be able to do anything and b- it would likely cause more trouble than it's worth. I've told them I'm going to get more chickens and they said they had absolutely no problem with me having them (they have been very 2-faced before so I'm not sure if this is honesty from their part or another be nice while she's looking type thing)

    Thankyou jimnjay, eggchel, and SpottedCrow, I certainly won't forget about you all [​IMG]

    beckt, when shadow went for a myelogram to look into problems she was having with her spine the iodine leeched into the tissues and showed up her bladder, the specialist let me know that it was abnormal and I would probably start to see signs of incontinance earlier than you would expect. She has now been diagnosed with an inter-pelvic bladder meaning that the neck of the bladder isn't as long as it should be and the body of the bladder is sitting high in the pelvis, she's on some drops at the moment that work on the nerves controling the muscles and they are helping but not as much as it seemed at first, that could be a case of just getting the dose right but eventually she will need surgery to tack the bladder to the abdomen wall.

    She is still slowly deteriorating with her spine as well (this is all from an accident where she was hit by a car at a year old, breaking her pelvis in 3 places) but the specialist seems much more hopeful now, even going so far as to say she may never need surgery. So there is, as always, good and bad news.

    I also have a possibility for a place for her to stay while I'm in the states next year, I've been told about this guy from a friend and will be going down to meet him and see how shadow is down there in about 3 weeks, if everything seems ok initially I'll drop her off for a weekend and see how she is on her own and take it from there.. It kills me that she has to suffer when I'm going to be having a fantastic time studying abroad.. but then if I can find somewhere good enough for her hopefully she won't be suffering, thankfully she's not got much of a loyal side to her so I think she will probably do better than I imagine.

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