chicken keeping

Critter Attack

The other day we had a little excitement. We lost the birds for awhile.

Not all the birds, just the turkeys and new hens.

It started out to be a pretty traumatic loss. Hubby went out to check them and found only 8 of the 17 birds. All hiding and huddled in the pen.

We closed up the pen to keep them all in and started looking. We could hear peeping of the birds but we could not see them.

We walked all around the pasture. We found the feathers and remains of one and feared the worst.

We walked around the outside of the pasture and into the weeds that form the border of our property. We kept hearing peeping but we couldn’t find them. Eventually, I decided that must just be the peeping of all the birds in the trees and I gave up.

I walked up towards the house and as I got to the fence, I saw 2 of the birds frantically trying to get into the big chicken coop!! I was so excited!! I grabbed one and passed it to someone else to get back to the pen and chased the other around to the garden.

There I found 2 more birds!!

And another 2 jumped out of the bushes nearby!! YAY!!! We captured them all and put them back into the pen.

What an exciting night!!

I had left #MillietheMule over at our other pasture with Barney to eat that down for a while and give this pasture a rest. Guess who was brought back home quickly that night??!!

She needed to be back on the job! Youngest Daughter has really stepped up and taken over care of them and she helped me bring them home to go back to work here. Of course, Barney is just “Pasture Candy” (heeheheee) but Millie has been doing a great job of keeping any critters away.

Since then, one of the Guinea Hens is missing. I think it got left out of the pen overnight and wandered away.

My brother and I traded. He got 4 turkeys and I got 4 guineas. Our hope is that they will take care of some of the ticks around our properties and therefore keep us and our dogs from getting Lymes.

Oh- and to finish the story of the birds. I had a bowl of scraps for the big chickens leftover from dinner that I ran out to them. I kept hearing the peeping of the turkeys but it was really close. Looking around, I found the 16th bird! Stuck behind the stairs into my coop!!

Honestly I have no idea how that bird got in there, but it did. And it is back with its buddies.

Always interesting when you have lots of kids and animals.



Get it Together · Vicki's Ramblings

If I Only Had a Brain……..


I am feeling pretty much like the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” lately.

Only, if you really watch the show or read the book, you will quickly realize that he already does and uses it well.

But for me, well…. Let’s just say, its not working so well for me.

Yes, for a long time now, I have forgotten this or that. Overbooked myself too many times. That is not surprising.

It happens way to often. Especially lately.

For example, last week I decided I was going to go to 3 different places to check on a better quality feed for my birds and see their prices. I went to the closest one and looked around. Found what I was looking for and went on to the next place.

I didn’t write any info down, but I did recall it pretty well.

Then I got to the furthest place away. I looked around at their feeds- they had a good selection. Their prices were higher though.

I remembered that I needed fly spray for the horses and I went to look at that too. So. Many. Choices. I grabbed one and put it on the counter and then went and picked out feeds and put them on a cart. Paid for my stuff and loaded it into my car.

I got in my car and drove out and then remembered that I was only looking at prices yet at this second place. Not buying.

Then realized that my bill was kind of high.

I went into he third place then and looked around. They had pretty much the same stuff as the second place. Cheaper. By about $2 a bag. I took down the prices I was interested in and went back home, frustrated with myself for forgetting that I was just comparing prices.

There I looked at my receipt. And got really mad at myself. I paid $82 for a gallon of fly spray!!!

I thought that I had forgotten in between the shelf and the counter to ask how much the fly spray was. When I checked out, I thought I had forgotten to double check the amount for the fly spray. Which, I should have- yes.

For the next 3 days, I just thought I was so stupid. In my head, I kept thinking about how my brain was just not working and I needed to be much more careful about things.

You see, I have been dealing with really low iron. Anemia I guess it is. I had been trying to eat anything and everything that would increase my iron levels. I felt awful to be honest. So tired. So sluggish.

I did go back to my doctor and he is very worried about my iron levels which have not risen after focusing and eating anything and everything rich in iron. He put me on an iron supplement and it seems to be helping. A bit.

Apparently, low iron affects brain function along with the other symptoms. Surprise.

Back to my story……

I was feeling pretty stupid and mad at myself for having low iron and that my brain wasn’t working and lots of other stuff that just gets added in then while you are in the pit anyways…….

I took the fly spray back to the store. I went back to the shelf where fly sprays were and saw the price sticker below the sprays I had purchased.

It was marked wrong.

The sticker below it was for a quart of the same kind but you could not see that unless you looked really close. It was $22.

I actually loudly announced it because I was sort of relieved!! The lady came over and said that they had recently rearranged that section and had simply forgotten to move the tags to the right spots.

I then found a much more reasonably priced gallon of fly spray and took my refund.

Isn’t it funny how a little, well expensive in this case, mistake can sometimes ruin your week??

It shouldn’t.

We are called to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. We are told that in the Bible and, well, things just go better for us all around when we learn to do that.

I am watching with the kids a teaching by Dr. Caroline Leaf about “Switching on Your Brain” and in there we learned that it is a scientific fact that you can actually train your brain to think positively. You can actually change your DNA just by changing the way you think. It is not just a nice Bible verse that you read. Again science confirms the Bible.

I let my week get ruined just by letting that thought go for 3 days. Other things were added to it, because well… That’s just what happens.

All I needed to do was take that thought captive right away. I didn’t need to entertain it and feed it and encourage it. I needed to know the truth and then not let it ruin the rest of my week. In this case, the belief that filled my head was that I was stupid.

The truth is that I am not stupid. I am going through some health issues that are making thinking clearly difficult. I need to accommodate that and ask more questions and give myself more grace.

I need that in several areas of my life right now.

I think we all need that in the situations we are going through.

What are you going through that you need some help changing the way you think about it?? Try taking those thoughts captive and turning them to the positive.


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