"Life is not the way it's supposed to be..
It's the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference"
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Little Chicks = Big Problems
............Fresh from the shell...chicken on the right and quail on the left.
If only I knew then what I know now, I would never have bought the parents of the quail.
Who'd a thunk these tiny chicks could be so much trouble????
They are better escape artists than the great Harry Houdini.
And faster than The Road-Runner !!!
They have been escaping from my incubator either from the vent in the rear (which is now screened over) or leap from the door when we open the cabinet. Either way means a injured chick which eventually expires.
I keep the incubator on the back porch on a stand so I can keep a close eye on it. Sadly, so do my cats. Any chick that survives the fall and is not immediately found by me or Wifey doesn't last long. I also keep my brood boxes on the porch. And my dang cats figured out how to get into the one I had for the quail chicks. (second generation of the Quail box as they escaped from the first through tiny vent holes that I swore they couldn't fit through)
So now it's back to the drawing board to come up with a new solution. (I think I need to get an ACME catalog from Wile E. Coyote). Another problem is that regular feeders and waterers are too high for the chicks to use. So jar lids must suffice and that means constatly filling them. Especially the water in this heat wave.
My little quail hen has been laying an egg almost every day since we bought her, it is too bad that she has NO nesting instinct ( I was warned when I bought her that they have been bred in captivity so long that the nesting instinct was gone). So far I have not raised a single quail chick.
But the cats are well fed.
I have been happily married for 39 years, to the love of my life. We live quietly on a five acre family plot. We have 3 wonderful children who are now out of the house. Our oldest daughter has provided us with 2 beautiful grandchildren and our son with 1. We also have 2 LARGE dogs and 3 cats to keep us busy. Sometimes it's a zoo around here.
We are suppose to be in our "Golden Years" but they have turned to RUST!
I have Post Polio Syndrome. It has left me with a leg that just quits on me whenever it feels like it, muscles that tire easily, arthritis and degenerative disc disease in my spine, which causes me daily aches and pains that I have come to learn to live with, and a brain that gets confused very easily, forgets things quickly and doesn't allow me to do some of my old hobbies or read well. My wife has Fibro-Myalgia and suffers through it's daily pains and has Cronic Fatigue Syndrome too. She too is unable to work.
I dedicate this blog to my children and grandchildren, so that they may read some of my childhood memories, before I forget them all.