Saturday, March 9, 2013

R.I.P. Xena

We will miss our little girl, Xena. 

We knew this was coming - she was 14 and had been losing weight, had stopped acting like herself, would collapse for no reason, wouldn't play with her toys, would just stop and stare into space. She had a clean bill of health from the vet - she was just getting old. Last week, when I gave her a bath, she just laid down in the bottom of the shower. She didn't attack the towel or do the doggie dance afterward, which are things she'd been doing all her life after every single bath. Her last meal was venison steak, and she got to snuggle with us in the bed one last time. Here are some pictures of her in better days: 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chicks of BaHa Ranch

A Rhode Island Red pullet, eating out of my hand.
These were born the third week of October.

Our first four girls, three Rhode Island Reds and a Silkie
(The Silkie passed away at about 2 weeks old)

Sleeping in their box under the heat lamp

They aren't as cute when they grow up, but they are still pretty cute!
And full of personality...

The third one wouldn't pose with the other two.

We handle them a lot to keep them tame.
They're kinda like big feathery cats.

The newest babies: Two Silver-laced Wyandottes
These were born the last week of January

They're getting their feathers, and going through that "awkward" stage.
They have an alcove where they are separated from the Reds, for now.