..a shot of the muddy ‘old hole’ after the fix..the muddy(est) part is where we back-filled with dirt to try to make it level after repairing and reinforcing the hole that was there…but with the warmer than normal temperatures and rain it has turned the area into a mire..but it is still better than it was.
(..and what it looked like before )
..and the chickens…the remaining chickens that is. Gonzo was sluggish for a couple of days in October..and when we picked her up to examine her she literally died. We had no idea what the cause was..then a couple of days later Chickie started to act sluggish..we had not been regularly giving the chickens any treatment for worms and so in October we started..but a couple of weeks later Chickie died too..the treatment was not in time. After doing more research many people noted that when you see a sick chicken many times it is already too late to help them due to the fact that chickens attempt to hide being sick in the firstplace…so when they start showing being sick there is not much you can do..Either way it has been over a month now and no more sick birds so the treatment must have took. Worms (after researching) naturally occour in chickens but it can be magnified when they eat insects and actual worms..or get into other wild bird droppings..which must have been the case with Gonzo and Chickie…ah well..sad but this should (hopefully) be the last time it happens..I would like to say we know everything about chickens but it has been a learning experience. These are the first 2 losses we have had due to illness but from reading other blogs it seems like it does happen from time to time.
..we still have ‘hoder’, ‘taxi’, ‘blackbeard’ and ‘T-Bar’..the 3 chicks from this year and T-Bar is from 2 years ago. ‘hoder’ is the Rhode Island Red rooster from the shot and has begun to attempt to crow and the other 3 are laying..2 for the first time and one after 2 months of moulting..nice to have eggs again.