Monday, February 21, 2011

So...


Found a brand new Jersey bull calf with Heather last night when we went out for chores. The boss had left the barn about ten minutes earlier and nothing was going on, so I guess the old girl didn't waste any time. Shame that it was a bull, as Heather is quite a well-bred critter and has nice daughters.

Then Liz's ongoing battle with bronchitis took a nasty turn. Poor kid looked terrible with eyes like bloodshot grapes and all red and sickly. Her BF took her to the emergency room around 8PM and they kept her all night. She is allergic to so many antibiotics that there are few possibilities for her. They put her on Zithromax and a lot of prescription cough stuff and sent her home to rest. Hope she feels better soon, poor kid.

And it is and has been snowing again, not too surprising for February but not much fun.

I am afraid I am going to have to send the peacocks back to the farmer who raised them. They simply do not want to eat anything I feed them. So far: sunflower seeds, cat chow, dog food, shelled corn, cow grain, puffed rice cereal, apples, alfalfa hay, everything I can think of or find suggested on the peafowl boards. They won't even look at it. If anybody knows any tricks for interesting them in food, please, please let me know. I love them...the most beautiful birds I have ever been around...I want the best for them.

So.....have a great day, and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another episode of fun on the dairy farm.

12 comments:

June said...

Have those birds found another source of food somewhere?

Tacky44 said...

Be careful of the sunflower seeds, they have something in them that will poison them.
We used to just give them some corn. Also ask or google,but some feed contains something they can't have. I have memory problem,and can't remember what it was. Know it was chicken feed,but which kind I just can't remember.

Floridacracker said...

I hope Liz gets better soon!

As for those peacocks ... did you try peas?

Anonymous said...

Hope Liz is on the mend soon. Maybe if the peacocks over hear you tell the boss that to cure Liz you need to make some soup from very lean peacocks. Who knows that might scare them right up to the feed dish.

Dani said...

Feel better soon Liz!

So strange that the peacocks aren't eating....

dennisranch said...

Well dang, hope things turn around for you guys.

lisa said...

Tell Liz we hope she feels better soon! Boy, I wish I could help out with the birds but I have now idea.

Linda said...

So.....I hope Liz gets better soon and you find something the fussy bird will eat too. Beautiful picture.

Lisa said...

I sell 22% Breeder pellets to customers for peacocks. I have a Mom/Pop feed business n my barn.

threecollie said...

June, I don't think so as they are in a coop. They could be eating more than I think though'

Tacky44, thanks! I have never had them before and this is all new for me. And welcome to Northview!

FC, thank you. She is really quite ill..and no, but all kidding aside they would probably love them

Anon, I like your thinking. lol.

Dani, thanks, I found out yesterday that they have been running wild and have never been fed.,

JB, thanks!

Lisa, thanks! I have read all I could about them. Quite a challenge

Linda, thanks, one of the good sides of all this cold weather is pretty skies.

Lisa, thanks...are you nearby? I would like to find something easier than digging through the cupboards looking for something to tempt them.

Lisa said...

No I live in DE but any high protein chicken feed w no medication will work

threecollie said...

Lisa, thank you for the advice! Wish you were near, as I would probably give you some business.