Friday, May 27, 2011

I think summer has arrived..

For we did this:

and this:

It's finally here!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nothing too much..

There is nothing too much going on here. The weather has been blah, rainy, pretty chilly for the middle of May. Yesterday it registered at a mere 57 here. The garden is suffering. So much rain, lack of heat and sun, cold nights.
But I am not complaining too much.
 I am so grateful that we do not face deadly tornados.
What's a little rain, right?
So let's see what we have caught on film these last few days...
Well, two more chickens who did not die in the second fox attack, but were injured, died.
 Seems to be some sort of macabre theme as of late.
We tried a technique to save them, but it did not work.
 Their crops somehow got impacted. Maybe stress from the attack, a puncture, we never figured it out. But we read that there was two ways to sort it out. One is two cut open the crop, empty it, sew it up.
 The other was to dose with olive oil, massage, and try to hold the chicken upside down to help them regurgitate.
 We went with option one.

We dosed, and massaged.
 It did not work and both chickens did die in the end.
 If we face this dilemma again, we'll try the other way...
So Ev and I night hiked,

and put them in front of the camera.
Unfortunately the head is out of frame, but it was a coyote!

Our flock is crazy small now. Two roosters, a duck,  a young laying hen, and Limpy.

 Limpy is an old, no longer laying, survivor of three predator attacks. Her leg was broken in the first attack long ago, and it sticks out at a weird angle. I don't know how she just keeps on making it.
but she does.
The Creek!

It's tadpole city!

So much fun to watch them change.

who come to eat,  catch tadpoles, and watch Addy get stung.
He really needs a full bee suit,  as they keep crawling up his pants.
 If he gets nicknamed Addy 3 balls, you'll know why.
 These two started a fire going from pretty much dying embers.

They were so busy, and so happy with their success.

 We adopted a new bird.
Meet Artie:

He is a Budgie from Craigslist.
We have quickly begun to tame him.

He is Ev's favorite little thing right now.

 And Ev has discovered the game of marbles!

The sun is making in/out appearances today! It's supposed to be 80, and probably very muggy as it is like a rainforest here.
But we'll take it!
We are going OUT.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What a weird and amazing day..

So it all stated about 5:00 a.m. I kept hearing the baby birds thumping and scuttling in their boxes. I thought that the geese had spilled the water, or were trying to swim in it, again.. So I finally got up to go see/ refill water/shut them up.
Boy, I am glad I went. When I got to the box, I saw the little female, Mary had gotten her neck in between the flaps of the cardboard box, and was hanging. I scooped her out and there she lay, lifeless in my hands. Eyes fixed, no thumping in the chest, no breathing.
 I really did not think or decide, I just did it.
I put her beak in my mouth and give quick short breaths. I knew the air was expanding her chest. After about 5 breathes, I stopped, and started jostling her in my hands.
I gave another round of breathes and rubbed her, and gently shook her. I stopped and waited a second.
And it started.
 The erratic very slow beginnings of a heartbeat.
More breaths, more rapid heartbeats.
A few more breathes.
Very faintly a peep, and then louder.
She began to very wobbly move her head all around, her body jerked a little. I feared brain damage from lack of oxygen.
But within minutes, she was steady, talkative, and getting a drink of water.
Kaya had joined me by then, as he heard all the peeping. I told him what happened, and he was amazed, as was I.
 We immediately taped up the seems, and will always remember this hazard.
You have to baby proof!
Then later in the morning, Ev went to get boots out of the mud room, and found the butterfly habitat that we were watching for a friend who winters away. Nothing had happened in so long, that I stopped checking more than a month ago.
He came tromping up with the habitat, and said, "Where did you get this butterfly?"
Wouldn't you know, that inside was a very beautiful spice bush swallowtail.
How long has that been there?
And why did Evren even check it out this day after months of ignoring it?
So we gave it an orange,

 and then released it a little later.

Such a weird, wonderful, beautiful day.

Next, Ev and I hiked up to the barn to feed the animals, and then went out to check the deer camera that we set a few days back. You know, after the last fox attack...

The chickens were finally gone after a two day wait.

We got our chicken killer on camera!

Then we saw this picture of him snarling at something.

We wondered who else wanted a piece?
It was that masked bandit!

 That is what today has been, just awesome.
I think I will buy a lottery ticket....
What a weird and amazing day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Billy and Mary


Got any grapes?

Now that is a lot of cuteness.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Discovering that the weather turned out kind of okay. Not as warm as we'd like, but there is sun!
Discovering that we are so smitten with the goslings:

Discovering that a box full of chickens is pretty swell too:

Discovering sidewalk chalk:

Discovering that one dog had a bladder infection and had to be taken to see Daddy, and that the other one really needed help loosing his winter fur.

Discovering that the creek has a lot of life!

Discovering that the yard did as well!

What did you discover today?