Update on the Avian Flu

As I told you on the 15th of March the Avian Flu has been seen in our county, and so far our chickens, and my geese Polly and Fredrik are flu free.  I have made it a point each day to check beaks and bills in the AM and PM to be sure no one has a runny nose.  This is the good news.

STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU ARE IN THE LEAST BIT SQUEAMISH!

And so it was that I found my Black Cochin rooster, Pagliacci had fevered and swollen eyelids on his right eye.   I picked him up and took him into the mudroom to see what was going on.  I expected to be cleaning debris out of his eye and then treating with an antibiotic eye drop…  except that his eye was missing.  Gone.  It was a chilling discovery as he had been fine in the morning when I let him out.  I did the only kind thing I could do and put him out of his misery, but I must tell you that every time I thought about him for the next couple of weeks I was chilled and sad all over again.

My 14 lb, big fella came to me from Murray McMurray Hatchery as a free chick; they are almost always a rooster.  He  got his name for singing crowing loudly every time he heard my voice or saw me coming into the chicken yard.  He was so fluffy feathered he looked for all the world as if he were wearing a clown suit!  I am sad to tell you I never got a photo of him fully grown, but if you follow the link above you will see an illustration that looks exactly like him.

Raising animals on the farm is certainly not for the timid or weak of heart.  It’s all fun and frolic until someone gets hurt and then you have to step up and do your best for the injured animal.  Sometimes, as in this case, it is very hard to do.

Newsflash!

We are slowly being surrounded by avian flu here!

It started in south Tennessee and has now shown up in our county here in North Alabama.  It is mostly in the big producers chicken farms, but there has been one instance of a backyard flock becoming ill.  There is no cure and the all the chickens in these groups have been destroyed.  It is spread by wild birds. 

What does this mean to me here on the Farmlet?

If my chickens get sick they will also destroy my pet geese, Polly and Fredrik.

I have a knot in my stomach.

LOCAL NEWS on the subjecthttp://whnt.com/2017/03/14/bird-flu-suspected-in-3-north-alabama-counties/   (On the lighter side; don’t you just love Commissioner John McMillan’s southern accent?  😀 )

Vintage beauty is never out of style

Going to see a man about this vintage Singer Phoenix

She appears to be a beauty in the rough and waiting for some TLC.

There also seems to be very little rust!  This could be the one…

See you with details tomorrow if she comes home with me

Think Happy Thoughts!

Process Pledge: the gift

Keeping busy!

Still working on the coat muslin but taking a break to get back on that gift for my Sister-in-law.  It is taking an age because I have to work under this…

the-gift

I do it because if I don’t my eyes go fuzzy in the middle of my vision and then I can’t see much at all for an hour.  So as it goes, I work for an hour (the most I can do even with the ring light) and then go on to something that doesn’t require fine vision.  It’s doable and I still get to have fun working!

❤ ❤ ❤ I will get this done Kathee!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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What?  You want to see more?  Sorry, gonna have to wait till it’s done and received on the other end.   Don’t want to give it all away too soon.  😉

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