Archive | June 2014

Updates on Buddy’s Flock

I just want to give you a quick update on Buddy’s Flock.

 

First of all, we have a new broody!  One of my young hens went broody a few days ago.  She’s not a year yet and I wasn’t sure if she was going to hold tight to the nest.  We moved her to the broody box one night with just a few eggs, then next morning when I went to check on her, she flew out and didn’t go back.  That night she was back sitting on eggs, I left her where she was.   Next day, she was in a different nest but seemed tight to the eggs.  That night, once again, we moved her to the broody box, next morning she showed no interest in leaving.  Yeah!  So, she is on 5 eggs and they are due to hatch around July 11.  So stay tuned.

Also, I just wanted to post these extremely cute pics of our new mama (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock).  Mama & chicklets are doing fine and dandy.  They are now separated during the day from the flock because Prince Charming keeps trying to ‘woo’ her in a not so nice way.  So for the time being, she and chicks are in the broody yard.

Herbalist vs. Hashimoto’s

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Well, I decided to drop the homeopath and I’ve decided to take my problems to an herbalist.  I just didn’t click with the homeopath and wasn’t sure that’s the path I was suppose to be headed, but the direction of the homeopath just didn’t feel right.  (If your new to this blog, you might want to also have a look at my other 2 pages to thoroughly understand where I’m coming from:  Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me and Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me THE DIET)

So i did some searching and found a very nice herbalist in Delaware.  Yeah it’s a little far, it’s over the bridge but the ones in New Jersey are even farther, they’re up in North Jersey.  So, I had a little discussion with my girlfriend Pam, and she decided she’d like to go also.  So the both of us went together.  We always have fun together no matter where we go and this trip was no different.

The herbalist sets aside an hour for your first visit and asks you what your problems are and what your goals are.  Of course mine is to heal my Hashimoto’s, them heal my gut, and heal my osteoporosis.  They’re my big three.  So then he has a long list of questions & symptoms check list to ask you based on the information I gave him and he comes up with a diagnosis.  His diagnosis is Intestinal Dysbiosis, how ’bout that, it’s a gut thing, just like I’ve been reading and saying, if your guts not healthy your going to get sick.  We need to have healthy guts.

So now what??  A 3 week detox with diet and herbs.  Luckily I’m pretty much there with the diet, just a few more changes:
Always Drink Plenty of WATER
Allowed foods:  all types of meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, cheese, butter, cream, oil, nuts, all vegetables, all salads, heathy low calorie sweeteners, low calorie fruits like berries. (Now remember, I’m dairy free, so cheese is off the list for me)
Restricted foods: bread, pasta, cereals, rice, sweet fruits, juices, sweets, sugars, candy, cake, snack chips, crackers, NO CARBS first 3 weeks
ALLOWED FOODS IN DETAIL:
Grains: NO GRAINS OR BREADS
Dairy: all dairy products okay except if sweetened like ice cream or flavored yogurt.  Greek yogurt is good. (I’m diary free so won’t be having this anyway)
Oils: Using only high quality oils & fats are key to reducing inflammation: olive, sunflower, canola, evening primrose oil, fish oils, flax oil, borage oil, coconut oil.  Use healthy quantities unless you have a weight problem.
Fruits: you may use these low sugar fruits: grapefruit, fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, pears, raspberries, lemon or coconut.
Vegetables: well cooked vegetables, asparagus, cucumber, celery, green peas, onion, broccoli, lettuce, okra, beans, green beans, carrots.  Eat vegetables freely.
Spices: cumin, ginger, salt, dill. Cardamom, fennel, chamomile or ginger tea, turmeric
Proteins: chicken, turkey, eggs, pork, beef, soy, fresh fish, cashews, almonds and all nuts except peanuts.
Oils: all oils are ok except for low quality oils.
PROHIBITED FOODS IN DETAIL:
General: especially avoid candy, cake, sugary sweets, chocolate, sweet fruits, and fruit juice and anything that tastes really sweet.  Also, ice cold drinks.  Avoid canned or prepared foods. No alcohol.
Oils: corn, crisco, peanut
Grains: breads, corn, potatoes, rice (remember, quinoa is not a grain so I can have it)
Spices: avoid very hot spices, cayenne pepper, chili, cloves and excess salt
Proteins: peanuts
Fruits:  avoid all except those listed
So this list isn’t hard since I’m already gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, caffeine free and preservative/artifical ingredient free.  Since this allows me all vegetables that they only need to be cooked, I’m still going to limit the goitregins & nightshades.
I am currently a week into this and have no complains.  The herbal multi vitamin did give me some nausea but I stopped taking that 20 minutes before eating, I take it right before I eat, no problems.  I have 2 more weeks to go and he said I should notice more energy after 2 weeks.  I did wake up pain free this morning so thats a plus also!
So, stay tuned!  Please ask any questions.

 

New Additions to Buddy’s Flock

Well, a new friend of ours, Bill, heard what happened to our 5 chicks (see Sad Day in the Chicken Yard) and he offered us one of his broody hens with chicks!  I thought it over for a couple days, tried to entice my gals to go broody by not picking eggs for 3 days, then decided to take Bill up on his offer.  Bill has a small yard and small chicken yard with at least 1 rooster & 12 hens (3 of whom we’re broody, 2 with chicks and 1 sitting on eggs, I wish mine would go broody like that) and he said he was willing to get rid of them because he felt he had to many.  So, late Monday night my hubby went over to Bills, and brought home a mama with 2 chicks.

We put her in the hen house on the floor in the corner where they all raise their chicks.  She settled in with the chicklets with a growl.

Next morning I went out early because I didn’t know how our flock was going to take to her, but really wasn’t worried to much, because you don’t mess with a mama hen.  I opened the door to the coop and my gals and Prince Charming came out, I looked in and mama and chicks were just fine.  I offered them a small bowl of starter feed and water and left them alone.   She kept them in the hen house all day, but walked them around and came close to the door.

New Mama & Chicks

This morning, Wednesday, she brought the chicklets out in the chicken yard!

Later today I went out to check on her & the whole flock was near her and Prince Charming giving her the once over.  You’ll see in the photos, Wuzzy, Prince Charmings favorite, was giving the new mama the stink eye, when she caught Prince Charming looking at her!

She’s a great mom, one of the babies got stuck and I retrieved her and mama was NOT happy that I was handling her chick and came at me.  She didn’t hurt me and all is well, she doesn’t know me yet, so its acceptable right now.  When we let the flock out to free range one of the cats followed my hubby and me into the chicken yard, mama hen was not happy and had the cat move on!

So, that’s the update on Buddy’s flock.  We now have 12 hens, 1 rooster & 2 chicks.  Stay tuned!

Killer Skunk!

and an ugly one at that!

 

The skunk has been caught and dealt with.  We will put out the trail cam again tonight and see if anything else is lurking about.

All the flock is doing well, hopefully egg production will now go back up.  Nothing like being terrorized to make egg production drop.

We thought we lost Goldie yesterday, we went to close up the flock for the night and usually the flock is in the coop on the roost ready, but last night, they weren’t, what was worse, they we’re acting out of the norm.  They weren’t acting like they were spooked or anything, they were extremely quite and still,  just hanging around together.  My hubby counted them (as we always do, especially after coming in from free range, Lillie sometimes lags behind) and noticed their were only 11, he counted again, as did I and then I did a quick scan of the flock and realized Goldie wasn’t there.   We checked the hen house, no Goldie, panic started to set it.

I was worried, I never got to check her over, knowing she lost some feathers trying to save her chick and was going to give her a good going over when they went in to roost.  We had seen her through out the day, in the morning she hung in the hen house mourning, then in the afternoon she hung with the flock.  When we let them out to free range she was right there with the flock every time we checked.  So, knowing she might have an injury or worse maybe died from an injury/stress/heart break or I thought, possibly she found a small nest of eggs somewhere(when they free range sometimes they get lazy about running back to the coop to lay and create a nest somewhere) and decided to sit on them.  We searched and searched and searched, no Goldie.  Every time we searched we went back to the chicken yard and counted, went into the hen house and looked, it was cloudy yesterday and the hen house isn’t lit so at dinner time it was a tad dark in there, but we checked every nest, looked high and low and no Goldie.

Well, we didn’t find her.

This morning when we went out to see if we caught our predator, my hubby let the chickens out of the hen house and there was Goldie!  My hubby says “There’s Goldie!” “Do you see her”  I said “Yes!” he said “Good, I thought it was a ghost!” LOL!  We still can’t figure out where she was in that hen house, but we both missed her and we both checked that hen house at least 3 times each.

Anyway, she’s here, she’s my best hen, so I’d hate to loose her.

HELP! This is What KILLED Our Chicks!

WHAT IS THIS????

Hopefully someone out there knows what this is and how to get rid of it NOW!  Whatever this is, it has killed all our baby chicks.  These are the best photos from the trail cam last night about 2 AM.  My chickens are terrorized and the chicks are no more 😦  Took our last chick last  night and if your read my post yesterday it took 4 the night before.

I hope someone out there knows what this is and how to get rid of it.  If you don’t know please ask your hunter and farm friends.  We live in Southern New Jersey if that helps.

Here is a picture of the scat that we found yesterday this might help someone with identification of the beast

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Sad day in the Chicken Yard

Prince Charming with Goldie and her 5 chicks.  This is his 1st ever babies.

Prince Charming with Goldie and her 5 chicks. This is his 1st ever babies.

Well, this morning I went out to open up the chickens and let them into the chicken yard, first out always is any mama hen with chicks, so that would be Goldie and crew.  As I’m waiting for the morning chicken march, out comes Goldie and 1 chick!  I waited, looked around and nothing.  4 chicks MISSING!  Oh no!

I looked around the hen house and there was an opening under the coop which the chickens had made by scratching and I failed to fill it in and generally in the morning before the chickens are let out any babies will run in an out on their own if any holes are not filled in at night.  Now mind you, the hen house is fenced in and our chicken yard is covered, some of the netting was in need of repair but we haven’t had any hawk sitings lately due to the increase of crows so it wasn’t on our do right now list.  As I was searching for evidence I noticed a row of fresh grey downy feathers outside the coop in the area of the hole.  The feathers were not the coloring of any of my hens and being fresh would not have been any of my hens since they were inside.  That was my only clue.  So I went in the house and told my hubby the horrible disturbing news and and back outside we went to investigate more.  If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’d know that my soon to be 90 year old dad lives above our garage and can see the chickens anytime he looks out his window or goes out on his deck.  His window was open so I yelled up to him the bad news.

My hubby and I had a previous engagement for today, so off we went leaving my dad to keep vigilant watch over the chicken yard.  So, while we were out my dad decided to do some investigating on his own.  He did find a hole going under the fence, which he filled in without showing us (oh well) but he did find some unusual scat.  I’m going to have to do some investigating on scat, if any of you know anything about scat, I’m putting a picture here let me know what you think.  It’s like whatever did it, backed into the milk crate as if to mark the area.

scat

So, now poor Goldie has only 1 baby, and it looks to be a little roo.  We are so heart broken,  We have fixed the netting and filled in all holes and set up the trail cam for tonight.   I think I need to see if anyone in the area has any baby chicks we can get and put under poor Goldie.

Meet Goldie’s Chicks

 

Well, I was out of town when the chicks hatched, they hatched on May 30 & 31 and there are 5 of them.  They are just so fluffy and cute!  Just look at this little fluffy butts!  Goldie is a very protective and attentive mom, so getting close isn’t an option unless you go in the coop at their bed time.  These are Prince Charming’s first brood of chicks.

So that’s your update for now, mama and babies are doing well.  I’m hoping someone else goes broody soon…..