Monday, December 29, 2014
An End and A Beginning
We all know, if you own a pet, that this day will come. After all, it is natural. We had to put our Skeeter down. She had been having problems lately. She would pee all over the house, she had a cough because of her heart which was bad, and she had quit eating for the last week. We all knew it was going to be soon. Well this morning, when I got up, I found other "signs" that she wasn't doing good. Then when she tried to come into the kitchen, her back leg wasn't working. I knew the time had come. It's hard to make the decision, but I knew it had to be done. It was the best thing for her.
Please don't leave comments like," Awww I'm so sorry." I know you are! I just don't want to think of being sorry. She was 15 years old. She lived a good dogs life chasing rabbits and guarding chicks. She was a stubborn little "rat". (That was her nickname.) I just want to think of us doing the right thing for her. She had it good.
As I went out to feed the animals this morning I noticed that one of the doe rabbits was making a nest by pulling hair. We will be having new rabbit kits soon. It's the circle of life. (Cue the Elton John song.) Anyway, I'm hoping that this doe makes a good mommy. She's making a really nice nest! She's pulling plenty of hair. In fact, I thought that something may have killed one of the rabbits there was so much hair. But it was just her getting ready for her new bundles of joy. Here's to hoping they make it.
The other doe that I bred at the same time hasn't started pulling hair. Actually, I've had to clean out her nesting box twice now. She keeps pooping in it. I'm not sure about her. If she doesn't have any this time, I'll breed her one more time and see. I would like to keep her because she is a broken pattern New Zealand. I think those are pretty. It's just something different from the plain white ones.
Last night Hubby and I met with some friends who gave us some chickens. Well, you can call them chickens. They gave us some Silkies. I'm not wild about this type of bird. They are small and their eggs are tiny. Their not much use for us here on the homestead. I heard though, that Silkies make great mothers and if you wanted eggs hatched put them under a Silkie. Well, right now, I have so many chickens I don't think I want any more anytime soon. In fact, I have to butcher a few. I'll probably sell the Silkies. And if I can't, I'll put them in a pot and make chicken broth out of them. I'm not going to keep feeding them this winter.
Well, I have plenty to get busy on.....
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, farmer