Friday, September 28, 2012

About to say screw it...

I dont understand...Not at all.
How a farmer who does nothing for his birds, does not test, give shots, does not feed them except in winter...How a farmer who lives right next door can hatch out his chicks under his hens without a problem and get 25-30 each time, who vists farms and does not bring anything back to his flock and then points it out every time he sees me...
Yet me, when i wanted to have some birds and show them, when I want to hatch them out and raise them, they just die or dont hatch.
I did the testing, I got NPIP certified, I got the best birds I could find...Beautiful, silkie hens from Mountain top Silkies, two of them. Two beautiful show birds...And then my Silkie roo scalped them and then the last one died after she fell of the ramp.
Wry neck, Merrick's, worms...and then Mg. I did what I was told to do, culled my flock and placed my birds until i had gone from having 32 to 8...
I started vaccinating, I started doing research, and yet still I cant seem to keep anything past the age of six months. I did what i had to to have healthy birds, stick to hatching eggs I was told...Now I cant even get a batch to so much as hatch for me, and the incubators are not only brand new, but they have been  disinfected before each use.
Yet my neighbor, who does nothing but let his birds run wild and not touch them unless hes going to eat them...Just hatched out 15 chicks under his hens...
Who ever said chickens are easy to raise, are rats with wings, should jump off cliffs...
Im almost ready to say screw everything, and just give up...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Goats!

Well, I learned the hard way with the hens, so I am going to take precaution with the goats. No one is allowed near them without dipping there does in a disinfectant. 

There hutch now has a door, and there hay rack will be put up as soon as we can find either a cordless drill or an extension cord long enough to reach them.

Ella is obsessed with the sweet feed, she LOVES to follow me to the pen and just wait for some of the feed to be spilled, just a single pellet and she will dive for it.
I really cant wait for milk and be able to raise the babys, make cheese, yogurt and all sorts of stuff!

I am really interested in how Seven's babys will turn out and whether or not she has twins.

Annie on the other hand I am a bit concerned about, the vet says that she should be fine for birthing since her breed is supposed to be smaller, but I am still going to be watching her like a hawk.

They have also stopped screaming at me, though they have learned to bite which we are working on. They think that we always have treats for them, so when we hold out our hands they always look and lick and nibble lol.


Sad and yet good news.

I lost my little Tod :( My poor little baby...
At least I have his brother Copper, and the little hen I saved named little S. (The chick who was skinned)
Copper is looking so pretty...But...
So is Mr. Peter...The bird in the very middle who disguised himself as a hen for a while. Today he decided to crow for me...I cant keep all the roosters T_T

And then the Blue laced red wyandotte's I hatched out seem to be thriving, except look who turned into a boy! Yup, that's right...The egg I dropped and helped hatch, the fluffyist of them all, is a boy! Who perch's on my shoulder and preens my hair...*sigh* Mr. B had better get along with him.

And yay! A hen. The 50-50 chance finally payed off!! Though she is a flighty little bugger...

Then here are the Ohiki's. My favorite little hen named Ginger * Ironically shes a ginger Ohiki*

There all doing very well! There coop arrived the other day and is all nice and set up, however I am having a hard time locating chain-link fence for there pen :/ I really hope I can find some before snow hits, because I would love to get them outside.

Then poor Master Pippin... I am not sure what his fate holds, and hopefully he will get better, but so far hes not walking still :(

My big flock is doing great also, I lost a bard rock to Merrick's, so all I have left is my Meaty bird *Meaty* Mr. B *Who is molting and looks horrible* Izzy, Alien, Bug *Who got stung in the face by bee's* and Ella the bard rock.

Also look who is looking awesome! The bird who I thought was a rooster, turned out to be a hen. A very interesting silkieXcochin cross :D

My poor little S. *S stands for survivor* is not handling Tods death well :( Chickens do mourn, and she is starting to get thin. But i do have some good news to that, as it appears she has taken a liking to Copper and has been following him around.

All I can say is thank god my favorite hen out of everyone is still alive and well. Frost has survived, and will spend the winter outside for the first time. I hope she does alright.

Thats about it, I am still loosing birds every hatch but I guess with chickens that is to be expected due to how fragile they can be. Hopefully my new ways of cleaning, disinfecting, and strict vaccination and de-worming schedule will help me have a higher survival rate. 
Again, I reiterate. Anyone who says raising chickens is easy should be shot...





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Gape worm, leg injury's and possibly Merrick's...

You know, when I first made this blog I expected to be posting about my hens running in the backyard pecking, or how cute they looked scratching in the garden...
I have lost my entire flock so far this year, and in my attempts to rectify the MG situation I have had Vent gleet, a deadly number of Mites that actually killed one of my birds, Merrick's, a leg injury that we are hoping is not Merrick's, and gape worm...
I am currently sitting with my little Japanese bantam cross boy Tod
Who I dont believe will make it to tomorrow...
The Vet thought he had gape worm, which is a parasite that clings to the side of the throat and slowly suffocates them. I had to de-worm him once every three days four times...
He is not getting any better, and now the threat of yet another horrible infectious virus contaminating my flock hangs heavily in the air...
And to top it off my prized Okiki rooster, who I have named Mr. Pippin, has either injured his leg or has a slow acting strand of Merrick's...
He is not using the one leg, and has been clicking his beak at me every time I touch it.
However...I brought him to the vet and they said to wait another week...If he does not improve then he has Merrick's, and if he does improve then that would be fantastic.
If it is Merrick's then I have no clue where it came from at all, an this will be the second bird I lost due to the virus. Worst of all there is no cure, and there is only one vaccination that does not prevent the type of Merrick's my flock has been getting.
...I will continue to move forward with my birds, and keep trying to raise them.
However, if one more person laughs, or mocks my misfortune I swear I will blow a gasket and fling something at there head and or heads...
Chickens are not rats with wings, they are not easy to raise, and they are not fun when they drop dead on you every day!!!
Grr...
Anyway thats my little rant, and my pity party attacked to it. i will let you all know if the two of them pull threw.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Genders!!!

The two little Blue laced red Wyandottes are a pullet and roo.
The chance of 50-50 has finally hit!! My luck is good, and I have a beautiful roo who loves to perch on my shoulder and coo in my ear. he also seems to like to preen my hair :D He has taken to sifting threw the strands and sorting them lol.
The hen is a bit more flighty, but otherwise very gentle. once you catch her she will sit on your arm and stay there.
I can not wait to hatch some more of these beauties!!