Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Baby Peepers! Again.

Ok so I am at home and I get a call from my mom and she says,  "You might want to prepare for some new guests."  I ask her if they are chickens and she says she got six. 
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So I go out to the barn to get hay and supplies so we can keep them in the house away from the cold.  I walk in the house.  I see two chick holders.  There should be one.  Turns out Mom got 4 chicks and........  Wait for it..... The suspense......  Is it killing you yet????  Here it is........  2 baby ducks!  Ping and Sonny.  Shelby has Ping and my little brother has Sonny.  I didn't name the ducks.  The duck lovers did.  Ping has adopted Shelby as his mom.  So Ping follows Shelby everywhere. 

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Especially since they put a diaper on the duck and let is run around the house.  No offence to you people that put diapers on their fowl but....  Weird.  So the house has been invaded by ducks.  I think baby chickens are cuter.  You decide!

Ping.
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Or chicks.


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My cat still isn't sure about the duck.
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Parker

Snow

We have 6 or more inches of snow outside.  It has been there for over a week.  Now the surface is frozen so we can walk on top of it.  Though it makes chores a little harder.  Like how the ATV gets stuck at every turn!  Ugh.  The chickens are slowly overcoming their fear of snow.  I might just have to go and put them in it.  I did that with one chicken and now she is used to the snow.  1 down 17 to go.

Winter break was last week so we had a laid back week of school, snow, fires, and movies.  Though I am glad that doesn't happen every week.  It is a little overwhelming.  And the -22 degree weather.  Well..... -22 with wind chill.  But still cold enough to give you frostbite.

Crumple and Faith are seperated again.  Crumple is NOT having fun.  We are back to pacing the fence and mooing.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cow

Well.  They let crumple back in with Faith and guess what happened.  Crumple started nursing.  And Faith started giving milk.  So now Mom and Shelby are milking the cow.  If they don't milk her I think they give the milk to Crumple.  Mom is SO happy that they get to milk the cow and get milk again.  I am happy that the cow isn't a poop making,money eating machine anymore.  Now she is pulling her weight.

We have a live bait trap by the chicken coop to catch the mystery animal that was eating the chickens.  So far I have caught 3 possums and a chicken.  Twice!  The first time I wasn't there so my parents let her out. The second time I let her out.  Goofy bird.

Parker

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Snow birds

Spring chickens hate snow.  We got about a centimeter of snow. That apparently is enough to make the chickens fly everywhere.  Or just stay in the coop.  They walk out onto the ramp that leads up to the little door that lets them in the coop and fly to the compost pile for food, then fly back to the ramp and go back into the coop.  Except for the roosters.  They just strut everywhere.  And spar with your foot if they think you are another chicken.  It can be scary.  Especially if the rooster is three feet tall. It can be freaky.  

Parker

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cows

Mom let crumple back into the field with faith.  Crumple goes over to Faith and WHAM!  He gets kicked in the head from trying to nurse.  This happened about four more times before my little sister who was up there at the time noticed what was happening.  Later my mom asked her who she was talking to while Crumple was getting attacked.  She answered with, "I was talking to Scruffy!"  Scruffy is her cat.  How she missed the first part of Crumple getting kicked is a mystery.  Scruffy must have had some interesting things to say about life.  But now Faith and Crumple are getting along again.

Parker

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cat trap

We have had a problem with a raccoon eating the chickens.  Again.  Well, we usually lose half our flock in the winter.  So I went out to check the trap and caught our neighbors cat.  Why?  We used sardines as bait.  I bet we had every cat in the county lined up outside of the cage.  The best part?  I forgot to tell our neighbors.


Spring chickens are kind of wimpy.  We need some not wimpy winter chickens.  But taking care of chicks in the spring and summer is easier than in the winter.  For instance, at least one rooster gets frostbite.



Poor Foghorn Leghorn
Those photos are kind of old.
Now the top part of his comb is completely black.
It stinks but he will live.

Parker

Birthday party

Well.  Mom planned a surprise birthday party for me.  I had no idea.  This happened on my actual birthday.  All of my best friends were there.  It was awesome.  First it was our neighbors.  Then three other families.  We had an airsoft war, rode 4-wheelers, played Wii, ate good food, talked, roasted marshmallows, it was awesome.  When one of the families showed up they said that they were getting instructions on how to take care of the animals while we were at Frip.  They also acted surprised that it was my birthday.  I fell for it.  I had tons of fun.


This is a little late because I never got around to publishing it, but I thought you might want to know.

Parker