Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Roosters and Horses

Roosters...it's plain and simple....we have to many roosters (according to "experts") but it works for us.....of the two chicks we hatched one is a rooster, and he has turned into...well he's fine... he just doesn't get along with Hen Wen (one of our silkie roosters). Well, they got into a fight...and Hen Wen lost... He's fine....just his left side of his face is all swollen, yes, my rooster has a black eye. Well, I don't know if he still has that eye, I'll keep you updated on that...So right now, Hen Wen is getting special care in the skate barn.

All the chickens (especially the rooster we hatched) decided to pick on Lional, he's one that was left out over night a few weeks ago....I put him back in after he healed....well they pecked his comb again and...so he's back in the skate barn for a bit.....

Having roosters...it's like a balancing act...one wrong move, and the rooster could attack you...or pick on other chickens (or other animals)...

*sigs* the joys of farming...

On a happier note. We opened up the middle field for the horses...you would of thought that we had kept them stalled for ever (and we NEVER have stalled them), they were running, bucking, spinning, chasing each other, rearing, having a blast! It was so pretty....and dangerous, mom and I were in the walk way (you have to, to open to gate) so we're waving our arms and jumping and everything to keep them away from us...

A few days ago Tayla was sick, like really sick....at first we though colic but we're not really sure....she wasn't eating or drinking for a while....she was shivering, so we put her coat on and then stalled her so the other horses wouldn't bother her. At one point she had cast herself so Sammy and I had to help her.... A "cast" horse refers to one that is stuck on the ground for some reason-- either its legs are under a fence, or the horse has rolled up near a wall or object that prevents it from being able to get up. Sometimes a horse can become cast in a ditch or depression in the ground, and mares heavy in foal can be unable to rise if they roll and their legs are uphill fom their body.

Getting a horse un cast can be dangerous, but she did good. We just looped one of her legs and pulled he away from the wall, and them did the other end. Causing her to roll onto her side and stand up....She probably could of gotten free by herself, but it was late and we didn't want to risk it.
We're looking at getting bees this year. I've very excited!

Gabrielle W.

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