|Posted by silverpulletpoultry on August 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM|
Its been almost a year since y last entry, and that is all to blame on facebook, which is where I spend most of my time.
Hatching did not go too well this year, fighting mites int he pens and on valuable roosters, making them not want to breed. Then combining that with many broodies and hotter than normal temps, its been a wild year. Hatched many black/blues this year, mostly going to be black, and several buff. Sold off about 10-15 black and buff hens that were older, as well as older Dutch bantams and a few off colored young silkie stock and some roosters. Making room for the new stock and the hens I sold off were ones that were not so great any more to be replaced. As you get better stock, its important to sell off the ones that suited your needs in the past, but are inferior to the new stock. It adds new blood and improves your program.
Lost our older female cat (China) this year in early June, after 2 months of battling oral cancer with her. Her and I had a love/hate relationship...we hated each other almost till the end, but I still loved her and I feel she knew towards the end that I tried to help her. She was very much James cat. We had her put to sleep after a week of not eating or drinking. It was pretty uneventful.
We waited a few months and now are proud owners of a new female siamese kitten we named Molly. she is a sweetheart and a terror all balled up in fur. Curently she is about 8 weeks old, and much to our other cat (Elijah)'s dismay, she will be part of the family. She is too tiny to be around the dogs, so we keep her in a pet carrier while we are not home to ensure her safety.
Because of work, and only getting about a week off for vacation time a year, I have decided that I am going to stop showing birds for a while. I was going to the Farmington, New Mexico show as I have not been for several years. However, showing has been more and more a strain on me with time off of work, and I want to do something for ME. I have been using all my time off of work to be chicken related, and I would like to start doing actual vacations for a change. Plus, my little sister will be having a baby next month and I entend to go there and meet my niece Ava next year. i very much want to be a part of her life. This no way means I am getting out of birds, or not raising to the standards I have been all this time, it just means that I will not be in the show rings for a while.