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Fodder, Fostering and Friends

My granddaughter Alexa’s two special furry chickens disappeared a while ago. Her and Tuey had”found” them on their first adventure to Magnolia Bird farm together. These two blue silkies were very sweet and would sit on your feet begging to picked up if you stood still very long at all.

One of Lexi’s Furry Chickens

Ever since losing them we have been wanting to get Alexa another Silkie or two. or maybe five?

Silkie Chickens

The first 3

These 3 came from a really nice young woman who is a Vet Tech and loves chickens.

Black Silkies

and 2 more makes 5

These two came from a breeder of show quality birds who also does a lot of rescue work and has an amazing place up on Mt. Charleston.

So now Lexi has Furry Chickens again, we relocated the juvenile aviary to the fence line of the Chicken Run and cut a hole in the fence for the door so that she can go visit her babies anytime she likes without any risk of letting the Big Chickens out. Karen is going to find a stool or small chair to place inside the pen so Lexi can just hang out with her new friends.Rescue KittenCat and Parrot

About 2 weeks ago Karen got a call from the Humane Society asking if she could bottle feed/ween/socialize 6 kittens. As you can see above they are eating on their own and well adjusted to humans and other critters. They were all healthy and had all of their limbs so all of them went back Saturday to take featured billing at an adoption event soon!

The latest craze in chicken feeding over on BYC is fodder and I had planned on writing up a description of my plunge into creating a fodder system but I just aint in to it right now. Maybe next week, but until then go check out this thread on the subject.

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A Day at The Fair

Karen and I are spending the day running her booth at Everybody’s Bird Mart at the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona CA.

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We came down Friday evening and spent the day Saturday picking up supplies both that Karen needs for her business and for her booth at the bird mart. She probably thinks I haven’t noticed but she is employing her infamous “carrot & stick” tactics.

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After getting all of her running finished we went by Holt Garden Center in Chino, CA where she found me 2 nice Pakistani Mulberry Trees and 4 Comfrey Plants. The Mulberry’s are going on the west end of my orchard where they will serve many purposes. Being a rapid growing tree they should start providing afternoon relief from the brutal summer sun by next year, their long fruiting period (2 months) should distract the wild birds from the other fruit in my orchard, Karen loves he taste of mulberries and is looking forward to making jam, and finally the my chickens are gonna love foraging under them!
The guys at Holt Garden Center knew exactly what Comfrey was and had a bunch of it! The owner is Korean and apparently it is very popular in oriental herbal medicine. So now I have four big plants to put between the rows of my orchard, hopefully they will grow as well as sources on the Internet claim. Comfrey is a ” bio-accumulator” that accumulate’s nutrients and minerals in the soil that may not be readily available to other plants because of other factors such as alkalinity and through composting converts them to more usable forms. In addition it is supposed to grow very fast and chickens love the greens.

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