Well, not much has gone on around here lately. S did some work re-organizing the garage and installing new shelves for storage. He also built me a new chicken waterer that will hopefully be installed soon. The 2 small waterers I have now are hard to move and fill, and the chickens go through them fairly quickly. Plus, the water sits in a reservoir where it can get pooped in... yuck. I'll post pics of the new water system once it's up and running. S and I also built the chickens a new ladder style roost, in hopes of them sleeping off the ground. I haven't seen them sleep on it yet, but they do get up on it during the day. Once the coop is here I will be showing them where they are supposed to sleep to get them used to the idea. For now, since the run is not their permanent night time place, I don't think it matters much where they sleep. I had to separate the one confirmed rooster (we have re-named him Rudy since discovering he was a he) because he was being pecked at by the girls. He is all healed up now and I may be re-integrating him in with the girls soon to see how it goes. Pixie is still not doing well. She has gotten worse and has what I believe to be paralysis of both legs now. She still eats and drinks, but only because her garage home is small enough that she can lay there and reach the food and water. It's not looking good for her and we have begun to tell B & O that she may not make it much longer. The worst past is that we may have to help her along... which no one looks forward to doing, but we don't want her to suffer.
On a lighter note, Dallas and Dixie are doing well and are as sweet as can be. They run to us when we go in to the pen and love to be pet, scratched and just given attention. They also love food and treats... of course. S & I were able to trim their hooves the other day, which is an accomplishment. They are not easy to hold still, but we tried distracting them with some treats to keep them busy. That didn't work all that well, but we got it done. Eventually, I think S will build a stanchion- like a milking stand- that we will use to hold them for bathing, grooming and hoof trims. Maybe even milking if we ever breed Dixie. Shhhh... don't tell S I said that. ; )
B & O are doing well, loving the animals and spending time with them. They are enjoying the summer weather, swimming and frequent BBQs we've been attending. School is quickly approaching and I still can not believe B will be in Kindergarten... 5 days a week. That is going to be a huge adjustment for all of us. They just grow and grow, don't they?! S is working on building a play structure that Grandma & Grampa bought for the girls so that they will have plenty of summer time to play on it. It is a HUGE project, so it will be great to see it coming along. I'll try to get some pics of it in progress soon.