|Posted by Sierra Jorgensen on December 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM|
Thats a video my mom took of the school farm this week. You cant see it well, but the entire pen was flooded to my knees! And inside the coop there was 2' of water. Poor babies, I had to take them all to my house, which was MUCH drier. The chickens were wet and unhappy in all the rain and snow, but the geese were having a great time. It's just like them.
I spent a week in Seattle with my sister for Christmas. It's her first year out of the house and they have a nice apartment. I left the birds with a pet sitter for the week, along with our horse and parrot. We took the dog and cat, and left the cat with my sister. He's a Maine Coon and was originally hers, so he really does love her more. Though I will miss him.
When I got back, I was devastated to find that one of my young Faverolle pullets had disappeared! I didn't expect the pet sitter to have noticed, what with my current toll of 40+ adult birds and 10+ youngsters, but I looked and waited, and didn't see her. I cleaned the whole garage looking for her. The next day, I find a dead chicken. Luckily, not a favorite, but still a terrible loss. It was one of my bantam Columbian Rock hens, not the brooding mother, and Papa Roo's favorite hen. It had just rained, so there was no sign of tracks or what had done it, but it looked to be a Racoon. I've seen one down the street before, but he mainly hangs out in the vineyard at the end of the road. So, after moving all my birds in a terrible rain storm BEFORE going to Seattle, I now had to move all of my birds in a terrible blizzard afterwards. It was....Interesting. And cold. Very cold. But everyone is settled alright. I'm having trouble keeping roosters apart though in these conditions, and I might soon eat the Columbian Rocks if they aren't bought. Their getting feisty and attacking my poor gentle bantams. I had to separate both my Faverolle bantam roo, and their father, the bantam Columbian rock because they had been beaten up so much.
I'm selling my ducks today. I love them but I have too many birds. I hope their new owner enjoys them. I'll have more ducks in the spring hopefully. I am thinking of hatching some in late Jan. or February.
Till next time,
:'D -Sierra & Co