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Animal Progress

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Things are progressing nicely with both our horses and our new chickens. This time of year, the horses are in the process of shedding their winter coats. Yesterday, while I was cleaning up the paddock, Dezirea made several attempts to use me as a rubbing post for her forehead. I was a little surprised to see she still had her white blaze because my sleeve looked like it had received a full transfer of white hairs.

Legacy had rebuffed Cyndie on Saturday when she brushed out the rest of the herd, so she tried again at feeding time last night. He tolerated her efforts while munching the fresh hay she had just served. The ground was an eye-catching spectacle of white hair.

Maybe it is because of his light coloring, but it sure seems like he sheds a lot more than the other horses.

Meanwhile, the chicks are visibly maturing by the day. I was a little skeptical when Cyndie came in after a day to report they were much bigger, but sure enough, it was noticeable. Over the weekend they have shown significant progress in wing development. There are even a few first glimpses of tail feathers appearing.

I’m just happy we have succeeded in keeping all 10 alive thus far. Actually, Cyndie deserves all the credit. She has meticulously maintained their health with all the internet tools at her disposal, and a hair drier to fluff those little tail feathers after cleanings.

I’m chomping at the bit to get them out on the manure pile to eat bugs. The flies are already active outside, so watching the chicks scratch and peck in the brooder is wonderfully inspiring.

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Written by johnwhays

March 27, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. Chicks do grow rapidly. I wish you continued good luck. Our bouvier also produces a rather large hair pile after brushing.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    March 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

    • Delilah, too! All the nesting critters in the vicinity are going to have nice, soft beds now, I’m sure.

      johnwhays

      March 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

  2. My life right now with the horse hair! It is amazing to me

    Avery

    March 27, 2017 at 8:50 am

    • Of course, now the energy that went into growing those coats will go right to the hooves!

      johnwhays

      March 27, 2017 at 11:41 am


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