So how do you tell if you have a missing laydee or a hiding chicken with maternal intentions??
Well, a few things help. Lack of millions of feathers/a body are very good signs... Fewer eggs happen when someone is broody....
But the reduction of visible flock from 7 to 6 means something is Very up. Fleeting scurrying shadows in background are means for hope.
And the appearance of egg sized poos means Someone is sitting on a nest; and only leaving it for the necessaries every few days.
In this case it is a very determined Aphrodite; on very right of this pic during a most rare break from her pointless vigil. We found her on a pile of 14 eggs and removed them; we don't know whether the new nest has Any. Regardless, there are no boy chickees round here, so it's just not a starter honey. L to R in this pic: Frankie, Seuss, Frieda and Aphrodite. Eating russian kale out of pic are Roadrunner, Benjy and Franco.
I hope to have a flock of 7 barren food producing pets again soon; I just feel mean when they are trying to have babies and I'm not turning the town upside down for some fertile eggs for them to incubate. Lots of apologetic treats coming; chickweed, kale, slugs, tomatoes, mealworms, spaghetti, yoghurt.
Why have I been so slack with updates?
I've been SICK!
The fluid in which my brain is meant to be happily swimming leaks out down my spine somewhere. Result is brain hurts, body wants to be horizontal, self feels utterly exhausted and frustrated in similar measures.....
Best chance to fix is to inject blood around spine in hope it will find and plug holes - also raise low fluid pressure a bit...
So I'm in hospital having had another of these 'blood patches'. They hurt a bit, but the worst bit is actually after when I have to lie flat for a week - might sound enticing, but quickly becomes achey and un-fun.
Have now escaped home from horstipal so a few pics coming...
Sidebar; if you have read earlier posts you will know about death of darling dog Bess a few months ago. A wonderful friend gave me black tulip bulbs at the time - so now I have a divine bunch of Bessie memorial flowers to enjoy.
Blood patching is Not an operation; is a Sterile Procedure - hence the masks; or I could claim they are to protect privacy if confronted! My unnecessary privacy is amply provided by large sterile drape centre stage.
As it happens I most wistfully imagine darling Sajou on my lap; if only...
As a perennial horror show, I often find myself feeling somewhat lacklustre; however spring is a wondrous truth that must be acknowledged even so - so here is my lacklustre tribute to the first signs of spring
Some of the laydees on their afternoon walk around the garden
Proof they are pets with benefits! Spring has arrived in the egg production department; hurrah!
Took this a few days ago; is now a mass of flowers....
Spring is sprunging everywhere!
Hap-play doggies in the front paddock
Sunshine, puppy and wine - aaah!
Introducing Sajou; my baby girl :-) (It's yoghurt)
Spring means love, and this young man has Uncle She in deep. Introducing Noah.
Seneca has a number of choices; but this was the one he made!!
Grant and his divine new love - the divinely yellow miss minge. Please note the accesorising with purple kilt and beribboned purple floral vinyl waistcoat
This morning I received an s.o.s. message; a Bell tea bag box is urgently required in Australia for use in a tv show; Auntie K to the rescue….
Agent Iggy Pig attempts furtive acquisition of Bell Tea
Finding he is being observed, agent IP distracts the crowd with a Tea and Zane routine
Nonchalantly, agent IP waits with the cargo
Back at HQ, work begins on flattening the box
Turns out Agent IP’s mother is a tea snob; hence protective gear as box is gutted
Appropriate handling of all toxic tea is most important