Just when you think you get settled into life, something major causes a shift. That’s kinda sorta what happened here.
I made an announcement on my social media this week about these changes happening around here. It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds.
So, come late spring, we will have a little one around here.
That may change the projection of the other additions we were looking to add around here. A few months ago, the only carbon bodies we had plans to add to our homestead were a couple of goats. We are still in the process of trying to find a reputable breeder in our area and order a couple of kids. But the arrival of spring goats may coincide with the arrival of the new human. Definitely need to think it through!
Also, I did the math on this new addition. By the time #4 arrives and is old enough for me to begin homeschooling his/her first year, my oldest son will be starting his senior year of homeschool. By the time #4 is graduating from homeschool, I will have put in a collective 25 years of homeschooling. I’m tired just writing that!
Anyhow, homestead life must continue. I’m not sure how safe it is for me to interact with the chickens while pregnant, so my boys and the hubs are going to pretty much take over that entire workload for me.
However, a few days ago I had to clip flight wings on most of our girls. After three of them had gotten themselves into trouble in one day because they were flying to areas that were not safe for them, I decided it was time to clip some feathers.
It was quite easy, the girls were very well behaved for the clippings, and since then, there have been no escapees. One of our girls flew out of the yard and started to make her way down to the creek. We suspect the bear lives close to the creek. But we also have coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, raccoons, and opossums, as well as neighboring dogs around here. Staying in the fenced area where they have the continual protection from the dog is the safest place for them. The other option would be to keep them in the chicken run. I think they are happier with a clipped wing and being free-range in the yard.
In case you didn’t know, the clipped wing does not injure the bird. It just creates an imbalance in the wings, preventing their ability to fly. Clipping feathers would be like clipping fingernails. It causes no pain or injury to the bird. Some of the birds needed both the primary (flight) wings and the secondaries clipped, but my heavier-bodied girls only needed the primaries clipped. I chose not to clip the wings on my Australorp hen and rooster. That particular hen has never attempted to fly out of the yard, and I figured the roo needed his wings intact for optimal defenses. I did not want to clip any more than was necessary. So far, so good.
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