Wednesday, July 19, 2006

It’s going to get hot again

We have enjoyed a few days of coolness, but the humidity is rising. There are promises of rain, but we’ll see if that happens!

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Goldfinch on feeder stand
Monday morning (about 2:00), the temperature was 87º. Tuesday morning, same time, the temperature was 57º. Now today, already, it is about 75º and humid and breezy.

We found Lil last night! Our orange cat had gone ‘walk-about” this summer. A combination of Tasha chasing her and the fireworks on the 4th of July caused her to disappear. We had been leaving food out for her but had never seen or heard her.

Last night Norm and I were out looking for two pullets that had flown the fence; we heard Lil crying, so found her in the tall grasses. I had to follow her into the corn (taller than I can reach up) before she let me pick her up.

I brought her in the house, but Lucky was mad and we had cat fights all night. Now both are outside, hiding in separate corners of the yard. But we have her back, which is great! She will probably have to be a mostly outside cat if the two cats can’t get along.

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Lil by the barn

Yesterday we moved the nest boxes from the middle section of the barn to the east section. All the pullets and the three hens are now residing together and the hens have found the nest boxes again. We actually got three eggs, for the first time in a long time!

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Pullets investigating nest boxes

The babies are going outside in the fresh air and green grass – really enjoying it. However, I lost one this morning – a barred rock cockerel was dying when I went out to feed. It might be Coccidiosis – and I found a ‘recipe’ for a home cure; vinegar. It says one tablespoon of vinegar to a quart of water. So I will take some vinegar out and see if that helps. There is another little brown one that is looking droopy!

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Babies in the runway, going outside

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Buff Orpington cockeral and White Leghorn, enjoying the fresh air

The other day, when it was so hot, Norm worked on spoons in the kitchen. He used a clamp on a chair to hold the spoons and he chiseled out the bowls on several. He needs to get more spoons done before next week. We go to Decorah for the Vesterheim celebration and he sells quite a few spoons there. I will be demonstrating flax spinning.

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Norm gouging out a spoon bowl

It looks like it will be a beautiful day – you have a beautiful day!

1 comment:

The Unusually Unsual Farmchick said...

You did not mention what kind of vinegar. Is it the apple cider vinegar? I read from alot of people how they put it on a regular basis in the drinking water of their goats and poultry. Just curious.