03 June 2010

Things are going smoothy here now, thankfully, unlike our Memorial Day Monday Fiasco.

Wolf and I were sleeping soundly, listening to the lovely soothing Monday rain rock us into a deep and soothing sleep.  He and I both woke with a start, I quickly searched my mind for what had woken me.  I listened harder and heard Surgeon barking frantically.  His serious bark.  I sleepily asked Wolk, "What is he barking at this time?"  He often barks at the Lord and Lady, but this was different.

Before I knew what was happening, Wolf had sprung from the warm bed and slipped on some shorts.  He mumbled, "I don't know but I am going to check."  He walked down the hallway, quickly.  I heard the front door open and then I heard a chilling and authoritative "HEY!!"

I jumped out of bed, sheet and all.  And ran to the front door.  My eyes scanned they future goat yard.  I saw what I thought was a chicken at the end of the chicken lot.  Through our small window I saw Wolf throwing down either Doc or Ringo, one of the black banded chickens.  It's wings flapped once, halfheartedly.  Wolf met me there, muddied hands and bleeding. He opened the door and I saw his hands were shaking. I stared at him, uncomprehending.

Me: "What happened?"

Wolf: "Damn, big ass dog.  Killed our chickens!"

Me: "What!! All of them?"

The chickens had literally flown the coop the night before, we believe with the help of a curious Surgeon wanting to either play or make sure they were all right - as they have become increasingly more talkative lately.

Wolf: "I don't know!  They got one for sure!"

He walked back towards the bedroom, muttering curses under his breath.  He ducked into the bathroom, bleeding.  I growled under my breath and slid into some PJs.

Opening the front door, I saw it was Ringo - our least friendly and stupidest chicken the stray dogs had killed.  I moved his lifeless body under the porch out of the rain.  Surgeon greeted me, hopping on to the end of his chain.  I spoke soothing words to him.  I rounded the corner and saw my other favorite chicken, Wyatt, gasping for breath.  I knew he didn't have long to live.  I picked him up and took him to the cover of the porch.  Looking at him more closely, I saw he didn't have long.

I quickly snapped his neck.

I looked around for the third and fastest, Doc, but couldn't find him.  

Right then, I wanted to go stray dog hunting.  I like dogs, but I know once they have found a source of food, they will be back.  I worry about my young guineas, who are still in their brooder, how many of them will I loose.  And I will not tolerate harassment of my goats.  No.

It is time to buy a shotgun.

01 June 2010

Ah, summer is unofficial here.  At least, it suppose to be after memorial day, right?

Oh, my dear naive reader, you are so wrong.

It's monsoon season!  The reason I say this is because for the last two weeks we have reguarly gotten thunderstorms starting at 4 or 6 pm and ending at 8 or 10 pm.  I don't mean a little dribble or a little English mist.  I am talking about an Appalacian Thunder Storm.

It starts with a low distant rumbling that quickly crescendos to a house shaking rumble.  That has the cat looking at me going, "MOM!  Is that an okay noise?!"  After I make no move to do anything, he flops, head first upside down back on the couch.  Apparently comforted by my apathy.  Who knew sleeping on the top of your head could be comfortable.  He sure makes it look like the next Serta commercial ...or the ones I remember anyway, I haven't watched proper TV since March.

The guineas are growing like WEEDS!  I thought the chickens were growing fast - these little guys triple there size every week.  And a word of warning, if you are thinking guineas are like chickens and you want some: They are NOTHING like chickens.  I anticipated this, but whew, they are wild.  They are messier, startle more easily, and are more prone to peck you straight away.  They hate be handled and while they can be tamed it takes a lot of work and I would only recommended attempting one or two at a time.  I just have 7 and they seem like 14!

I am very eager to get my goat babies home, we are nearly finished with the fence and have about 1/4 left to do.  Yes, of course it is the FRONT side of the fence that we see every day that isn't done, but no matter, we will get it done before the kids arrive.

Surgeon has gotten into the bad habit of jumping and....ahem...poking me.  Apparently he finds it HIGHLY amusing to shove his broad nose right the back of my crotch!  Glad I live on a farm and no one else can see him doing this.  I think for now my best bet is to ignore him - but how do you IGNORE a poker!  ugh...