Today I managed to snap a few pictures for the blog though, so I'll leave my work thoughts on the back burner for a few minutes while I focus on the farm. So, what's been going on around here?
A couple of weeks ago, I hatched a batch of mixed silkie eggs that I bought on eggbid.com. I had an excellent hatch rate and now I have 11 little fluffballs with a surrogate mother. I used an incubator to hatch the eggs, but as soon as they were dry, I gave them to my silkie, Rosebud. She's always had off-and-on wry neck problems, which I treat with vitamin E and selenium. Sometimes it improves for a while as a result, but it never seems entirely fixed. She eats and drinks well, but she often curls her head down and walks backwards as a result. She's a dear little hen so it doesn't matter, but she is inside for now because it's been so cold out and I worry about her not getting into the coop for the night. Anyway, any chick that is given to her is immediately adopted without question, and snuggled gently under her wings. It doesn't matter that she didn't hatch them, she loves them all the same. Here is Rosebud with a few of her current brood poking their heads out!
Then, there's the chicken coop. The indoors one. We finished up and....they don't want to use it. I don't get it. I mean, the temperature in there is higher, there are nice roosts, there is an automatic feeder.... So where do they go? They go into the barn rafters. Here, there and everywhere. I can't get them down from there, so I scoop up the stragglers who are at lower elevations and pop them in the coop. Sigh.
Thanks Mom, we're finished with that tree now! Can we have another one?
Here's the spot on her back that the fleece is shedding.