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March 25, 2011

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- We sold one of the yearling horses.

-- My two roosters have been fighting, and I'm sure it would just be a matter of time before the younger barred rock killed the buff orpington. The orpington is named "Trey" and is the purebred grandson of my first orp roo. (Trey of course stands for the third generation.) I no longer raise orps and he is the last of my breeding program. On Wednesday morning I opened the coop door and the barred rock chased Trey right out the door into the goat yard. I scared the barred rock back into the coop and shut the door. Then I walked over and picked up Trey, planning to put him back in the coop. Then I wondered why I was going to put him back? So I carried him to the goat barn and let him loose.

I don't know if he will survive "free-ranging". The dogs are strict rule-enforcers and birds aren't "supposed" to be loose, so we will see. If they chase him off into the woods, he may not survive the coyotes, coons and possums - which is why my poultry lives in a coop in the first place. Only time will tell. After the tick incident (see below), I could use some free ranging birds.

-- I cleaned out the tack room of the horse trailer and was, um, attacked by 30+ ticks. I guess they like the undisturbed grass where the trailer is parked.

-- The little plum tree is blooming, much later than the other two varieties. We've never had fruit from this tree; maybe this year we will.

-- Picked chickweed to infuse in oil for soapmaking.

-- Trimmed goat hooves and began using an herbal wormer.

1 comment:

  1. This made me laugh as my husband is Trey (nickname) because he's the third. Poor Trey, don't set him free. LOL


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