Yesterday was NOT cool. We went about two months without a dcent amount of rain. Jim Howard and Greg Armbrect said we were getting some, but we didn't. I'll bet Greg Fischal said we were, too. But very little rain came if any. Friday we were slated for a 60% chance on Monday, but by Sunday night it had jumped to 90%. And the rains came. My garden needed the rain, too. I was carrying 5 gallon buckets out to water my veggies one at a time. It's about a quarter acre, so my arms were a bit sore.
As most of you know I had chicks hatch last week. Some came Tuesday or Wednesday with more to follow Friday. I never got an exact number, but I believe it was around 18 or so. The bantam with the silkie rooster kept losing hers. She hatched out 8 in total, but they were dying one at a time. She still had 6 when we left on Friday. Dustin, our neighbor fed and watered for us. He's farmer's grandson. We got home late Sunday so the birds were left to sleep. I didn't have time to check them before work yesterday, but when I got home I changed and went out to see. It was still raining and all the birds were soaking wet. The two hens were huddled over their chicks. But the bantam/silkie only had 3 doing well with one squished in the mud! It was the last black one. I had to put it out of it's misery, and I was at the very brink of tears. I didn't make Mike do it. And I felt just awful! Mike did tell me he pulled one dead chick from her that morning, and two from Bucky and China. So I wrangled up the remaining chicks...three silkie/bantams and six from Bucky and China....nine in total. I put them in the brooder box with feed, water, and some wheat straw for warmth. Both hens clucked on calling their chicks, and the chicks peeped quite loudly from the box. I felt awful for that, as well. But I felt they would be safer that way. I do have a heat lamp for them, as well.
We also had a couple of pigeon squab hatch last week. I think one of them is dead, too. Mama was sitting on them and wouldn't let me check. But I know one is still living. I could see it moving. Got another pigeon sitting on two eggs. Baby pigeons are so UGLY! Their beaks are way to big! Glad they are pretty when they grow up.
I haven't been commenting as much lately. I've been busy as a bee in a clover field. But I still pop in to check on each of you. Just cause I don't say anything doesn't mean I'm not reading! I'll try to get some pics up in the next day or two. I have some, but they are still on the camera. Have a pleasant day, all.