I've been taking advantage of our beautiful, sunny Fall weather here in Oregon to get updated photos of my Seramas. I still have quite a few Nests to go, but I'm getting there! Be sure to check out the Nest pages and keep checking over the next week or two as I finish the photo shoots in the Castle.
A few fun photo of Ethan and Pippa, my newest Booted pair. I've been having people on Facebook caption it. What would be your caption for this photo?
on news and updates from the Castle. I apologize. I have spent most of the late summer after returning from Canada and early autumn working on my annual poultry swap here in Corvallis. At the same time, we added another venue to the growing group of swaps in Oregon, so I'm very behind on all my personal "business" including this website. I have only recently been able to catch up on the cleaning and rearranging of the CDS rooms and Seramas. Everyone is doing really well, new Nests have started laying and babies are hatching all over the country. I just recently sent a shipment of eggs to Alaska - the first ever!
On a sad note, I lost Cordelia last week to a freak incident with my dog. Technically, it was a predator loss, but was not intentional or malicious. I've learned that many things - good and bad - can happen when you have poultry and dogs together. This was a learning experience, a very sad one.
Please keep an eye out for new Nest posts and updated photos over the next month as I try to get caught up with life in the Castle!
and so sorry to have the first post in a long time be a sad one.
Janie is gone. She drown in her water dish last night, a shallow one at that. I feel so awful and guilty and completely heartbroken. I haven't stopped crying since it happened. I know better than to get so attached to an animal, but I still do. She was my little sweetheart and was getting better after her last bout of vitamin deficiency and stress though still struggling at times to stay steady on her feet. She went through so much and fought back and was fighting back again. The videos of her running around the house in her diaper, pecking on the wine fridge, flying down the stairs....I know she so wanted to do those things again. If I had taken her with me on vacation, if I had checked on her sooner, if I had used a different waterer...if, if, if.... I tried to revive her, even giving her mouth-to-mouth (yes, to a chicken) but she died in my arms, looking at me. This one is going to hurt for a very long time. I have decided to bury her in my new flower garden, the one she could see from the window near her cage. She will add life and beauty and be apart of it forever. Sleep sweet my dear baby. You are my special little one.
Janie making the house her own, including the dog's dishes
All the babies arrived early - day 20 - so yesterday was a big day in the Castle! Five Serama babies hatched in the incubator and five mixed babies hatched under my Paint Silkies - Eleanor and Elizabeth. The sixth baby under them died during zipping. It happens but I am always sad when it does. A little life lost. I'm happy to report though that everyone else is doing great. I was successful in placing the five Serama babies under my girls so Eleanor and Elizabeth have a large family to raise! They couldn't be happier. They both have been perfect broody's from the beginning, taking turns watching the eggs while the other ate and now sharing the Mom duties.
The Serama babies consist of one baby from Sergio (very unique color this time!), two babies from Casey and finally, 2 babies from Stewart! One is black and white like her Mom and the other has very unique coloring. Both are super tiny! The mixed babies, well, who knows! The Dad is Alistair, my booted Serama boy who went to live in my bantam pen and one of the babies is Zephyr and Millie's. It looks like I have one Silkie mix in the bunch and the rest are a mystery!
My two Paint Silkie girls, Eleanor and Elizabeth, are going to be first time Momma's on July 4th. They are two very determined girls with 23 eggs (mostly Serama and a few mixed bantam) tucked under all that fluff. I'm excited to see how this all goes...