It seems to me that the past two weeks have been longer than the previous 3 months! It’s been a really unspringy spring, so far, aside from that week or so that it warmed so nicely. I haven’t been able to bike since that warm spell, as it’s either been cold, wet or both. Mix that in with some health/injury issues, and I haven’t been able to even get out with Sully in over two weeks now.
The nights are still dipping into the thirties and forties, which isn’t odd for spring, but when you have nearly 30 chicks very rapidly outgrowing their space, it does seem to be dragging on
It’s supposed to warm a little for the coming week, but lots of rain forecast. Sully has turned into a jerk, a combination of rich grass and no job, so rain or no, he goes back to work this week. I figure we’ll do a refresher ground work course, and by the time the sun comes back out, perhaps we’ll be back in the saddle.
We had a busy end week and week end due to a neighbor offering me a bunch of furniture for next to nothing. So Friday, Mom and I moved in a high boy, a credenza, a floor-to-ceiling book shelf and two new chairs and a microwave cart. On Saturday, the kindly neighbor called again and offered us a sofa bed, lamp and some wall decor and kitchenwares, so Steve and I got moving again. We’ve decided that we’re sorely out of practice in that department!
We have put to use every single piece. The two recliners may be my favorites, though it would be a close tie with the microwave cart that not only freed up counter space, but also cupboard space, and the sofa bed which is perfect for the living room and meant we could be rid of the monstrosity formerly known as our couch. I’ve regretted it since it arrived over a year ago, because not only was it ugly, it dominated the room and was falling apart to boot. It’s only saving grace was that it could be comfortable to lie on, though oddly enough, not to sit on! This new addition is a neutral tone and 20 inches shorter, and nice and firm.
So overall, it was worth the work and sore muscles, and the place looks fully furnished for the first time in 6 years I have so many more places to hide my crap now.
The chicks are flourishing. I have been strictly by the book with them, perhaps a little too much so. The plus side to that is that we haven’t lost any to anything but shipping stress, and they are visibly growing every day. The downside is it is a lot of work with the transferring them in and out every day. They wrecked their brooder upstairs Saturday night, as their wingspans were proving too much for the cardboard, so I sacrificed on the 1 square foot per bird rule for a smaller, taller, more secure space. I achieved this by taking an old wooden table and turning it on its top, then using a staple gun to attach the cardboard draft shield to the legs. I took it two shields high by halving the cardboard and stacking it. Then I stapled the flight netting over top. It’s small, about 2 feet by 4 feet, but it’s secure, and used mostly for sleeping at this point. They spent their first night in it last night, without the brooder lamp, too. I found that most people remove the lamp at 3 to 4 weeks, so… They did great. Once the nights are consistently in the upper fifties, they’ll start staying outside.
Now all that’s left is to clean up the old spot upstairs. I should be doing that right now, but here I sit! In my comfy recliner, I might add