Another rainy July day in Texas - what a (pleasantly) weird summer we're having.
My tongue & cheeks are sore and torn up from all the novacaine at the dentist yesterday, but no more tooth pain, woohoo!
Spoke with Cash's farrier and he will make some changes on the next trim. Suggested I put iodine on his soles to toughen them up for the time being? In other pony news, I'm excited to see Cash's hip is approaching 14.3 hh. He's filling out a bit and definitely looking more horse-like than coltish now.
Oh TG, that sucks ): I would look into hardware mesh instead of chicken wire. It's pretty much crazy expensive, but does a whole lot better job of keeping critters out than flimsy chicken wire. Better at keeping snakes out, too. I want to build a run with hardware mesh so the chickens can stay out safely at night in the future. Currently, Foxy and Willow are only out the 1-2 hours I'm at the horses. They're both too small to keep out over night or during the day. They're too small to fly back up into the coop LOL. But they know the drill as soon as I open their coop door. They come running over and flitter down to the ground.
My coop is completely predator proof. I just refuse to keep them confined in the coop all the time.
I understand that I'll lose an occasional chicken to the hawk gods by letting them free range.
I understand that it is COMPLETELY my fault that they weren't secured in their coop the night of the massacre.
What I wish to do is have a sizable yard that they can be in, with hotwire around the top and bottom for predator control, so that I can gather them into the coop easier if I'm leaving, or at the very least, if I forget to secure them, there is hotwire around the top and bottom of the yard to discourage predators.
DH is saying no to the dog at this point .. won't necessarily stop me from getting one, once I have the yard in place... we'll see ...
I just HATE starting from chicks again .. but these chicks will at least be conditioned to being confined in a yard... my other crew was completely spoiled and very vocal about being confined in ANY fashion.. lol
Oh, and kay ... they are old enough to fly up into the coop. I've had 3 and 4 week old chicks fly up and roost with mama on the roosts. At that age, their bodies are light enough, and their wings are fully developed.
TG, you should get a Pyrenees! They're so super cute, lazy lap dogs, and great guardians. Just show DH a couple pictures of the fuzzball puppies and he'll be sold!
Mmmm Willow may be able to get up into the coop, but I'm not sure about Foxy. They're not great flyers and it's a good 18 inch hop up which I don't know if Foxy can manage LOL. I intend to build a little ramp for them to go up and down on.
How do you put weight on chicks? I can feel both Foxy and Willow's breast bones. They have free choice feed and they free roam 1-2 hours a day. Is there anything fattening I can feed them? I need to pick up some more meal worms for them. They go CRAZY for them.
Oh, and weight on chicks.. it'll come. Make sure they are wormed and have food and water available. It's not a bad thing for them to be light enough to fly at this age.. when they mature the weight will come.