It’s been a busy couple days. There have been some interesting developments but can’t really say what at the moment since it’s still in the planning stage. Hence the erratic state of posting affairs at the moment. However, all’s not quiet on the homefront. Oh, contraire!
There’s so much happening I can’t keep up. I still have yet to publish last weeks menu – that’s coming soon (today no doubt).
Over the weekend the temperatures soared hovering near 100 degrees F. The heat wave shattered a 70 year record! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any hotter, today the temperature dropped a whopping 30 F degrees. Back to regular spring weather. We could do without the heat, thank you very much, we get enough of the scorching temperatures in summer time.
Things are coming along in the garden. The guys have nearly replaced all the old wood on the 45 raised beds – only six beds left. Summer crops are replacing winter and spring ones.
Also one of our chickens (Bella), seems to have a bit of infection in her crop. On Sunday, we noticed her breathing a little heavy and first thought she may be egg bound. But she then laid an egg with no problem; however when we put up the chickens that evening I noticed Bella was having a hard time breathing. I immediately felt her crop and it was very warm and slightly soft. So we brought her in for the night. She slept on my bed and while Jordanne worked late into the night on the computer I stayed up with Bella pretty much all night – giving her some liquid probiotics (she was excessively thirsty since she had a fever) mixed with apple cider vinegar, massaging her crop and just keeping her company.
We don’t know exactly what’s causing the infection but Jordanne has narrowed down to two possibilities either 1. physical problem or 2. crop infection. Jordanne has successfully treated crop infections before so hopefully that’s just Bella’s problem. Unfortunately, one can really never know but Jordanne’s pretty good at diagnosing animal ailments and a lot of her treatments aren’t found in books.
Bella seems better; however, her crop is still warm so whatever is causing the infection is still lingering but she no longer is having trouble breathing. You wouldn’t know to see her, she’s acting like a normal chicken – eating, drinking, laying eggs. You can tell a lot from the looks of a chickens comb and her’s still nice and red so we are hoping she’ll pull through (with our help) with whatever she has. In the meantime we are giving her special attention and treating the infection with grape seed extract, apple cider vinegar and high doses of probiotics.