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Old 05-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #251
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10 days. And, FWIW, I overslept this a.m.--no rooster to wake me!
He was feeling guilty for what he did to you and decided to let you sleep. And he knows what fate he may be facing.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #252
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We had Mallard ducks when we lived in Texas. I let the mother duck build a nest. When her babies hatched, Daddy Duck was right there along with Mama Duck to protect them. Then one day we saw a Water Moccasin slithering away with a big lump in him. We went to count the duckies. Daddy Duck was missing. I would like to think he died protecting his family. We gave the rest of them to friends who had a farm and a large pond for them. They turned into a very large flock. Our friend was able to get another male Mallard.

I got my revenge a few months later. Along with the woman across the street, we killed two Water Moccasins in one day. I just know one of them was the culprit.
Last time I checked, guarder (sp) snakes didn't eat roosters...we don't have any kind of snake in the vicinity that could eat something as large as Rocky. (Unless you think I could be sneaky enough...). Any snake that would eat Rocky would probably get indigestion! He's one large roo and has lots of feathers.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #253
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We didn't get around to removing Rocky's spurs yesterday--still wearing protective armor when I go outside. Here is a pic of the chicken whisperer with Harriet. She won't hop on my arm, but she does on his.
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Didn't get around to tilling the patch under the kitchen window at the farm--decided to put the chickens to work first. I scattered feed there this morning--only Harriet had followed me that far...she didn't let out a peep for hours! I went out and scattered more...Henny, Penny, Agatha, and Prudence followed me. It took Rocky about an hour to figure out there was another food source about which to crow about! Here's a pic of them working the patch.
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Can we get an after picture to see how they do? That is an excellent pic of Harriet! Love seeing all the pics, gets me a good idea of the girls.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:58 PM   #256
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Can we get an after picture to see how they do? That is an excellent pic of Harriet! Love seeing all the pics, gets me a good idea of the girls.
Sure! it will take them a few days to get the patch down to the bare ground. They are going into lock down tonight until Wednesday a.m., but I'll send them back out when I come back--things to do at the house in the City and still not ready to move them. (And yes, Harriet [and Myrtle] are really that people friendly. Myrtle comes to the kitchen door for a bit a cheese around 3:30 every day...who said you couldn't train a chicken?).
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They're adorable!
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #258
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They're adorable!
I have to agree--even though Cocky Rocky is too big for his spurs! And, lest one think they are spoiled, they are not, they are pampered chickens. Which reminds me, I have some ricotta cheese for them...
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I have to agree--even though Cocky Rocky is too big for his spurs! And, lest one think they are spoiled, they are not, they are pampered chickens. Which reminds me, I have some ricotta cheese for them...
We know you would NEVER spoil your chickens, CWS! Ricotta is a natural part of chicken diets.
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We know you would NEVER spoil your chickens, CWS! Ricotta is a natural part of chicken diets.
I had to give them s/thing good to entice them to go into lockdown status this early. I've left them with 5 days' worth of feed (they'll eat it all before the end of day tomorrow or Tuesday a.m., I am sure) and 5 days' worth of water. They should be okay until Tuesday evening/Wednesday a.m.
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