Sunday, August 21

Sunday, August 21, 2011...Hot and Muggy Seems to be the Order of the Day...

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I went out around ten o’clock this morning to feed, water and release the animals for the day and found two dead Araucana chickens...both in the big barn chicken coop. One was just inside the screened door and the other was in the corner, under the roost. They looked identical in size color and everything, and this sometimes happens, so it’s the reason we constantly hatch or buy chicks all summer long. If we didn’t replace the losses, we would not get enough eggs to sell for feed costs. We are at the point now where we need to sell or process some of the roosters because the hen to rooster ratio is greater than it should be and they are eating us out of barn and home! They eat and return very little to us except in the way of protection, much like the mafia did when they sold their protection...
We are going up onto the mountain to bring Vick’s parents here for a few days to relax and visit. We’ll take an evening and go out for a nice dinner at Paul’s or somewhere and eat here the rest of the time, cooking out on the grill.
Before we leave to pick them up, I want to replace the cable clothes line out back so Vick can use the entire length of it with helper rollers. Right now if it droops under the load of wet clothes, she installs a roller helper and can only use half the length of the line because of the two connection points where the cable clamps hit the rollers. By replacing it with a solid 100 foot piece of cable, she will be able to utilize the entire 50’ length before the cable clamp will contact the helper rollers. It won’t take me more than fifteen minutes to change it out I’d say.... Better get with it because we will leave shortly....
Bollero, our alpaca that was acting as if he had a UTI, is now acting normal again...happy and eating....pooping and peeing at will, so the antibiotic must have done the trick. We’ll still keep an eye on him to be sure, along with all the others which vigilant Camelid owners must do constantly. The stinkers are herding animals and know that weak animals are target prey for predators, so they hide their illnesses until they drop and can go no further. Sadly, if you don’t pay strict attention to their everyday demeanor, they will go down and die on you before you can react to reverse the problem.

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