I have... but my wife is kinda :meh: about another damn bird...
i wanted a few big ass geese, but I'm the only one that does. I read that a goose can kill a fox, which to me sounded bad-ass. I'm dropping more eggs into the incubator Friday if things continue to go well (should be anywhere from 12-16 full orpington eggs) and I'd like to get my numbers up and attempt free ranging the chickens in small flocks to see how they do.
He could very well be correct. On HT, someone was mentioning that there is a HUGE market for sheep milk cheese in general. See if you can pry from your boss in what market sheep are best in in your area - wool? Dairy? Meat?
She said that there has been a huge increase in the number of immigrants to the area and that the meat market is HUGE at the moment. (ha!)
I just signed up for HT, I thought that it was blocked at work for some reason. The 2012 section of SB has been entertaining me enough for the most part... But I can probably manage to get some reading done on HT. I've already got ~6 tabs open about bee keeping.
Getting 4-6 eggs PER DAY. Even managed 8 one day...
Felt awesome damn near filling up a container in one day.
We've got another bushel of maters ready to can tomorrow... My wife gave away all of our green beans, so we don't have to do those. Donated a wagon full of cucumbers to the food pantry at church. I'm glad there are people who still want them things. lol Wishing we would have done some heirloom stuff this year so we could be letting it all go to seed.
I have an interview for a job on Wednesday making $$$. So my fingers are crossed... The extra money would go a looooong way in getting this farm up and running.
It's my fault these animals are here; I see it as my responsibility to do whatever I can to make sure they make it. She's not breeding stock, so I don't have to worry about that. I'm realistic enough to know that no vet would know WTF they would be doing even if I could find one to see a chicken, and honestly, I'm not paying $50 just to walk in the door at a vet's office for a $3 chicken. Thankfully, I have enough of my own veterinary knowledge and experience to try to fix this myself.
I know everyone cares about my farm and how effed up everything is on it...
But I got 2 duck eggs today. Which is odd because I KNOW that I saw a barnyard gangbang going on with the ducks. Anyone who saw it would have said there were 2 dudes and 1 chick, one climbed off and the other jumped on... Then today after getting 2 eggs (even different colored) it had gone from a MMF to a MFF orgy. Maybe one was establishing dominance, IDK, but I know that they were getting it on. I'm not judging, but I am excited that I got 2 ducks and 1 drake. That means in a few days I'll be filling the incubator up with duck eggs. they're the ones that go 28 days... not 21. lol
Well, Lucille seemed to feel better for a bit, but still no eggs. When she started hiding in the corner of the coop, I gave her another hot bath and checked to see if she had an egg stuck. I couldn't feel anything.
Her stomach was very bloated, and I remembered reading something about fluid build up. I looked it up and found posts on forums about ascites - fluid build up in the abdomen.
Not being terribly squeemish from my years of working at animal clinics and grooming, I got a needle and syringe and started pulling fluid from her abdomen.
I filled up a red solo cup with that stuff yesterday, and hoped for the best. I probably could have drawn more, but it was difficult for Lucille to lay on her side with her head covered.
Lucille made it through the night, but she won't eat or drink, and she's developed a head twitch.
I'm going to let her enjoy the beautiful day we're having, and then I'm going to put her down tonight.