Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Today Should Really Be a Monday!
With everything going wrong today I could have swore its a Monday! When William came home and saw how much weight Miss Diva had gained he told me to put her on a diet. Well needless to say Miss Diva IS NOT happy AT ALL with this diet thing! The window in the soap shop where I work most of the time faces the chickens and Miss Diva. She stands at the fence and looks in the window at me and cries, and cries, and cries, and cries some more. My neighbor called to see what was wrong as she had never heard her cry so much. I give her a cup of goat pellets, cup of sweet feed, mixed with a cup of whole oats while I am milking her. I even take what she hasn't eaten when I am finished and put it in her feeder for later. I give her fresh hay or alfalfa after milking to snack on. She loves the chickens feed! I was putting their feed in feeders and a chicken trough but Miss Diva would stick her tongue down and lap up their feed. I have to scattered their feed on the ground now as everyone knows a diva will not eat off the ground! Miss Diva gets so mad at me when I am scattering the chicken feed on the ground she tries to eat out of the bucket in my hand. She grabs my shirt sleeve with her mouth to try to keep me from scattering the feed. She butts me and cries because I won't give her chicken feed. When I told her it was Williams fault she could no longer eat chicken feed she turned and gave him a go to you know where look. It had Ray, William and I all laughing because she seemed to understand what I said and who's fault it was. While I have her crying from what she deems starvation I have Killer (a hen) causing problems. Killer wants to sit in the laying box that most of the hens like to lay in. Killer doesn't want to lay eggs just sit there all day. The hens get upset because she won't come out and let them in. They usually end up just going in and sitting on her and laying their eggs. I get about 16 eggs a day out of that one laying box. Everytime I go to get the eggs Killer attacks me. She doesn't just peck me. She bites! She grabs hold of me and won't let go. I took her and put her in another nesting box with duck eggs to sit on. She sat there for 2 days then went back to the other nesting box. I put her in the ducks lot and before the end of the day she had escaped and was back in the chicken lot sitting in the laying box. I took her out and let her run free on the property and all she did was go up and down the outside of the fence wanting back in the chicken lot. William let her back in at dark so she could roost and she went back in the laying box. I can't put eggs under her to sit on in that laying box as the hens keep laying in that box so I would be disturb them trying to get the other eggs out. I just have to fight with killer every evening to get the eggs and listen to the other hens fussing because killer stays in the nesting box all the time. I took Sally's last 12 eggs and have Red sitting on them and Sally decided to make a nest behind her duck house thinking I wouldn't find them. She has 9 eggs there and I am just going to leave them. If she decides to sit on them fine. If they rot I will toss them but I am not gathering anymore duck eggs for chickens to sit on. I have 20 duck eggs that should hatch the 13th and 12 duck eggs that should hatch November 3rd. I know they all won't hatch but there should be more than enough ducklings running around this place! Williams daughter has moved into an apartment and couldn't take her sons rabbit. We now have a rabbit on the homestead. He is 5 years old (how long do rabbits live anyways) and is a nice reddish brown color. He is slowly getting use to me. He knows I am the one that brings him food and treats and doesn't hid in his house when I walk up anymore. It has rained for several days so Wayne is behind on painting the soap shop and finishing the trim on the house. He ran out of paint today and I had to run pick that up. Hopefully he will finish all the outside things and will start on my bathroom Monday. If I don't get this bathroom done soon I am going to start on it myself!! Thanksgiving dinner is here this year and I don't want a mess in the house. I want a beautiful bathroom finished! With William being home I got behind on doing my daily routine things and am playing catch-up. He will be back home Thursday for a few days and we will work on some more projects that takes two of us. I am going to try to get ahead of the things I need to do so I won't get behind again. This is the month I usually enjoy Halloween decorating and baking but I have been so busy I haven't gotten to enjoy it as much. I do have my fall decorations up inside and out but I haven't done a lot of baking yet. I am going to bake pumpkin bread tonight and wholewheat honey bread. I am also going to try to get around to everyone's blogs tonight and see what's new. Hope you are having a wonderful week. And remember even when things don't go exactly the way we want them to its still a blessing!