Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here is a picture of all my pretties settling down for the night in their roosting pen. Full house...I expect building is in my future for bigger digs.
Here you can see inside the grow pen. The peafowl have much more room now and seem very happy with their new accomodations. You may be wondering why those two poles have red striping on them. Well, I tend to save everything. Most things I find a use for and it saves money to do so. These two poles used to be the jump poles on two jumps I made for Tip when we were doing dog agility. They make a perfect prop to make a tent out of the tarp and netting so when it rains the water will not catch in the tarp and weigh down the top of the pen. The white roost you see going across is a long wooden curtain rod I used to have curtains hanging on in the old house. It has ridges on it and is a perfect roost with grip for their feet. I must admit I would be excited to have a fancy barn and such, but that costs a lot of money and right now its just not an option. My animals do stay warm and dry with heat lamps and good shelters. We did look at the amish built barns at the fair. They are so nice and we have one in particular that we really love, but it has to wait until we have the money.
Above are some close ups of the peafowl. It is easy to tell the boy from the two girls now. Can you see the difference? The ones with less barring on their feathers are the girls, the one on the far right is the boy, Emerald. Moonstone will have to be grown before we can really know for sure if he/she is a boy or a girl. With no coloring it makes it harder to tell. Can you make out the greenish tint on Emeralds neck?
Here is a picture of the row of pens I covered. The front will be covered when it is cold at night and during the day. The only time the front will get peeled back is if the sun is shining and its above 50 degrees during the day.
Lisa already knows this young cats story. I emailed her asking why she keeps sending me cats...lol. She says she promises she hasnt, but she can't be sure of what the cats in the cat house have been doing. ;)
Now we have a cat. Remember Mocha..the little tiny kitten that had a really scary start to life here. She is fine, she is great in fact. We love her very much. About a month ago this one showed up. I figured it must belong to someone in the surrounding area. It looked fed and didnt have any fleas or earmites. So I did what your supposed to do to get a cat or dog to go on back home. I didn't feed it. Still it hung around. Two weeks later it was evident it didnt have a home. When I went to feed the animals it would eat the chicken food, reluctantly. It had also lost weight as I could tell by feeling. Well thats a fine how do ya do. Another drop off I suppose. So I fed HER, yes I checked. She ate ravenously.
The original idea was to raise Mocha and have her be an outdoor cat and keep the mice under control. Now, it seems we HAVE an outdoor cat already. I haven't seen any mice lately, so maybe she is a success story.
Being a lady cat we must get her fixed right away. There is an affordable spay and neuter they offer through Tractor Supply Company. I don't know if its actually them, but they keep a flyer out on the counters for affordable shots and such.
SO now I have two cats. I guess I will have cats again huh. LOL.
They aren't so bad as long as they are outside. Now, we already have a name for this cat. We keep calling her 'The Other One'. So, her name is now TOO. Lisa says thats pretty original. I have to agree.
This is my second post for the day, so don't miss the bush being pulled up below!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention. The reason I thought the time change was this coming weekend is because that is what it says on my calendar...so I just took it as when it was. Now I know I have more time! So that is not bad news, that is GOOD news! :)