Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to Help a Chicken, Quail, or Duck Survive Shock and/or an Injury

     Salvete! I am going to write a post that I talked about in my previous post, which was requested by my good blogger friend Micah from Micah's Farm. I recently had a hawk attack one of my chickens, but I managed to intervene in time to save her from the hawk so she could die in peace. I am really glad I brought her inside because she stopped rolling her head around and just sat, trying to get all the blood out of her mouth. So, to help her clear her mouth out so she could breathe, I gave her a basic electrolyte solution of water, maple syrup, and salt. I used maple syrup, but you could use honey, or even sugar. I just wanted to get her system back up and running as soon as possible so I went with a liquid sugar. If you want to, you can also add a small drop of apple cider vinegar and some garlic for extra immune system boosting. If the bird/animal has a wound, you should disinfect it. I did this with one of my quail when she got bitten by something on her wing and had a scratch on her head. I added about two drops of tea tree essential oil to a small cup of water and stirred it up well. I cleaned all the blood up with that water, and once she was clean, I added a few drops of the same water, although this had no blood in it, to some healing clay. I don't exactly know what type ours is because it came from Germany, but Bentonite will work very well. Bentonite clay draws toxins out of almost anything. Paired with activated charcoal and water, it makes an awesome face mask for clear skin. Okay, back to chickens. I do recommend putting the clay on any red areas as chickens like to peck at red and the clay will cover it up.
This is  Athena's wing before cleaning.

After cleaning with clay covering the small wound.

      Athena the quail is doing just fine, in case any of you were wondering, and it has been several weeks since this incident. Nutmeg, the chicken who got attacked, is also doing just fine and is back with the flock. And now for some pictures of our new ducklings.

Coming home with my babies :)

       Oh, and Katie is pretty adorable. And silly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Back...With More Stuff Going on Than Ever!

     Hi guys! Why do I always say that? Okay, forget about that bland salutation, and keep on reading!
Hallo! How are you today? I am doing fantastically, and am enjoying a bit of rest after my first day of Classical Conversations, my homeschool co-op. I skipped ninth grade, so I will be doing quite a lot of work this year. I will try and keep up with the blog, but it may not be as often as I would like.I have been a bit  AWOL on the blog, I know, but I have been busy with awesome things. "What things?" you may ask, so I will answer with a semi-lengthy list:

Chickens, Ducks, Ducklings! Latin Class, Horseback, School! Creme Brulee Making, Dreaming of Having a Cow or Goat, Youth Group, WRITING MY BOOK!!!! 

  So after that ramble, I will tell you about some of these things, of course not in order, as I am a homeschool child. Let's start with horseback. I am having a ton of fun with horseback, and just yesterday went over a vertical jump several times on Lacy, the horse I ride, for the first time, once at the canter. I have done tons of crossrail jumps on her, which look like this:

     While a vertical jump looks like this and is much harder to jump over:

     Lacy is a funny horse; sometimes she is stubborn and mean, and sometimes she is an angel. She was used for research which left her damaged before she went to the stable at which I ride, which is sad because she is really quite sweet when she is not in pain and is very well put together. She is beautiful, and has beautiful coloring. She is a bay and has a small star. Her black mane is tipped in red. She gives me kisses sometimes, just like a dog. She is kind of my dream horse, and I hope I can buy her someday.

    Okay, ducklings. The ducklings are adorable and still growing, but really need some names! We have three that are unnamed, all girls, and the male a female that are named are called Charlie and Lola. Any suggestions would be appreciated! The chickens and ducks are no longer free-range, as we lost Sunflower and her two chicks, Cookie and Cream, to a hawk. Nutmeg got attacked by a hawk, too, but I ran out as it was pinning her down and scared it off by being an elegant hawk warrior... also known as screaming and kicking sticks at it. Well, Nutmeg was not looking good, her head was rolling around, and I thought her neck was broken, so I brought her inside to die in comfort. Turns out shock was the culprit of her strange behavior, and she is fine now, about a week later and back with the flock. If you guys want a blog post on how to save a chicken from shock, please request it and I will certainly write it. 

     I think some of you may be wondering about my book, and I will now give away some hints to you. The main character is named Willow, and she acts a lot like I do. I am modeling the story after the Hunger Games, although there is no killing of people in it. Well, not by other people or wounds, etc. Willow is the daughter of Peeta and Katniss, and she is a bit bored with her simple life. She hates hunting, but loves baking. She has a goat, Daisy, and a horse, Lacy, as well as some chickens and a duck. That is all I am going to give away for now, and if it ever gets past six and a half chapters, I will give you more hints. Who knows? Maybe I will publish it and you can buy it if I do.... But *no* pressure ;)

    School is awesome so far, and I love my class. My teacher is my friend's Dad, so I have seen him around. My classmates are all boys, but are all very respectful and sweet, so don't worry about me being the only girl. I feel like I have three older brothers now. Hi boys if you are reading this! Hope You like the blog! You are all so sweet! I had a conversation with one of them who we are going to call Brady for now because he hates that name, although I think it is an awesome name, that went a bit like this:

Me: I feel kind of awkward being the only girl.
Brady: Oh, it will be okay. Do you have any brothers?
Me: No, just Anthea.
Brady:Well, you know how she is your body guard?
Me: Yes!
Brady:Well, now you have three body guards that your sister can beat up if she needs to!

    Well, Anthea approves of them! They*loved* my creme brulee that I made for them, expressing their obvious gratitude by saying "Oh, this is awful!" and shoveling more into their mouths as they talked. Later consultation told me that they actually loved the dessert and would not mind more. This is going to be a very fun year! 

    I have to go now, but I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Guess What?

     Maybe some of you have heard. Maybe some of you have not heard. I have some very big news. No, I have not gotten more quail, or more chickens. Or even more fish! I did not publish or finish my book. I am not moving. I did not get a second blog or youtube channel. I did not buy a horse... I got ducklings! Five sweet, adorable ducklings. Four girls and one boy, and they are just precious! I do not have any names yet, but I hope to soon. They are only two days old, and are tiny! I have not raised ducklings in over a year, maybe over two. I am enjoying them being cute and relatively mess free, because I know that they will start to need their bedding changed multiple times a day in a few weeks. I love ducklings so much! I will have pictures and write more soon, but I just wanted to let you guys know about our new additions!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Another Post is Due....

      So here it is! I am sorry I have kind of put this off, but I have been very busy lately. I have been reading, writing, cooking, farming, and many other things. I have started to write a book, and that is going very well so far, and I hope to talk about it more in another post. I have been cooking and baking, the most recent being chocolate mousse and tiramisu. I have been farming, and the latest big but sad news on that is that Ferris, my beautiful male quail, got killed by something. His ladies, Ophelia and Athena, are doing well, though they have stopped laying. I have finally signed up for Classical Conversations, which is my local homeschool co-op, and I am going into tenth grade level, although I still have to do some ninth grade things during the year. I am the only girl out of four students, but I know all the guys, so it should be fun. Katie is still being a very crazy puppy, but we figured out some new ways to help tire her out. Right now, she is laying down at my feet. Thea, Mom, and I all went berry picking this morning and came back with a gallon of blueberries and a pint of raspberries. We had some friends visit yesterday, which was really fun, and then we went to a youth group picnic to welcome some other friends home from living in California for a year. I would love to write more, and I think I will later this week. Thanks for stopping by!