Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I have been having such a tough time with my chickens!! GAH!!!
First of all I've had another skunk outbreak... HOW MANY TIMES DO THEY REPRODUCE IN A SUMMER!!!!???
So I've been having to kill MORE baby skunks, breaks my heart but I'm so not into feeding them ALL my eggs and cleaning their poopie out of my coop (disgusting!). God forbid one sprays me while I'm in there, I'll go crazy on it.
Then the real tragedy!
My NHR's and A's were finally feathered enough to move out to the old foaling stall in the barn with the growing Orphs. I was so excited to get them OUT of the house.
Two days later, everyone was settling in, I go out and find a dead A. NOOOO!!!! It was obviously attacked by a snake that couldn't swallow it and had given up. Inspected the rest and low and behold one of the NH's had it's entire leg skinned off from a bite. Brought her back in, doctored her up with Underwoods and neosporine... She is healing!!! For two days I've had to hold her food and water to her while I made her stand on the bad leg so it wouldn't get too stiff. Today she is a whole new bird and is developing a thick scabby skin, we shall see! She was once very spooky but now I'm her favorite thing since she's in isolation, coos and chirps whenever I come near, hope she makes it cause we're now BFF's!
So I got diligent, snake had a death wish! Was going out two times an hour trying to spot it. Unfortunately the black snake had my number and got a NH down, in 30 mins!!! GAH!!!! I chopped the crud out of it, I mean I went ballistic!
Held it up after it was good and dead... It was enormous, over 5 feet long! It's hanging in a tree... Wanna see it?
Such a bummer!!! I hate having to kill these stupid beautiful creatures! They have the entire forest and they choose my yard as their hunting grounds, ugh...
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?