It is easy to tell that the weather is improving.. Loki in her usual warm weather sleeping area between bouts of squirrel patrols.
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A great day for a snowshoeing trek over to the lake. The snow is crusty so the dogs have almost no issues breaking through to the deep snow. Something was through the area last night ( but veered away from our property boundary. Looks like a bobcat. )
Our swimming area is not ready for the season yet (A* does the front crawl with snowshoes to demonstrate).. Nice and warm with the sun reflecting.
And our old road in has a couple of low spots..when I saw the actual ground I did not recognize it. ‘what is the brown stuff and the dark colored snowballs?’.. Turns out it was dirt and rocks.
..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.
Vapor barrier..it is just like duct tape for us here..here is a picture of the wood wrapped up to keep it dry and close for when we start burning hardwood..
And we had a winter issue to deal with..the chickens have an inside run with an outdoor area..but we always worry about them being cold..so we took part of the ‘chick’ pen from the summer, wrapped it with vapor barrier, put it in a sunny spot and attached a roof..then an access to the pen…so the chickens now have a sunroom which should be nice and warm on sunny days..and they can go in and out as they like.
..some future enhancements…a better roof area to prevent water from pooling and moving the waterer in so it does not freeze in the winter…soon.
Chickie does not seem to understand that it is actually warmer inside the sunroom!
Got a load of crap dropped in our yard..again. Our last load turned our ordinary squash into super squash so we figured we should get some more before the snow flies..which makes me sad.
Manure, shit, feces, poop..it’s all crap to us! hehe
..one toad at a time…
‘Hey there lil fella..looks like you have some mud on ya’
He hopped away after a brief rest period…usually we let nature be but the toad was waving for help so we felt obligated to help..after throwing the life preserver and it doing nothing we gently shook the snake by the tail and it slithered away hungry..and fast with Loki tormenting it from 3 feet away.
WARNING: the linked last picture address is of the remains of a dead chicken killed by a wild animal. (Not trying to be gross or anything but I just looked for some pictures to try to aid me in trying to identify what killed my chicken and maybe the identification process I use could (hopefully) aid someone in the future). Sorry.
The dawgs are beat after a 3 day vacation..chasing hundreds of squirrels made for a sluggish Loki and Jango..it would also appear that Loki needs some boundary training.
Out for a canoe trip to find an appropriate midstream rock for the Canada Day fireworks display..
A very fun trip on a beautiful weekend. We took a leisurely drive home along some new routes and got home in the early evening. We were going to be gone for 3 days so we loaded up the chickens and since the chicks were @ 5 weeks we decided to let them out fulltime like the rest of the chickens. With our regular chickens we keep them penned in (except flying Hoppy). With the chicks and Ma hen we put out extra food in a couple of locations and opened the gates to their pen..we have never had a predator problem with the other chicken pen having been left open fulltime so 3 days should be fine…
Returning home from the trip and everything appears ok, the penned chickens are all OK. Checking on the chicks and they are all in the penned in portion of their mini-coop..but there is a tuft of feathers near the entrance to the outside where I opened up the pen to let them roam..then 4 ft away a larger group of feathers..then 15 feet away some more feathers and then I cannot see anymore feathers..by this time Loki has a scent and I follow her 50 feet further in the woods to find the remains of a chicken. Ma is no more.
Sooooo..after a very fun but tiring trip we resecured everything chicken related for both pens. Gates glosed, coop entrances closed and lit up. We moved the mini-coop and put 2 solar directional lights on it so I can see it at night and we put the motion sensitive security camera on the mini-coop instead of the road so we can identify whatever it was that did this.
The chicks are almost 6 weeks old and should be fine now…and as I finish entering this post (@11:30pm) I hear a sound which I have not heard in months..an owl hooting..and it is also louder then I have ever heard it..curious.
If you do want to see a picture of the remains, go to it by cutting and pasting the link if you would like to see it:
(Graphic gross description: whatever it was ripped open the chicken body cavity and ate some of the breasts but the chicken was found breasts down, the top eaten off from the base of the tailfeathers right up to the top of her head. No real teethmarks or anything..nothing to make me think it was an owl either.)
..could an owl do that?