Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Give Thanks

 All of the girls, myself, Jack and Chigger wish all our American friends a very happy Thanksgiving!!  I am very thankful for several things this year.

 I'm thankful for little improvement in some of my health issues.  Well.... mainly knowing what they are now and hoping that from that I can improve things.

 I'm thankful for loving companionship.  Wherever it comes from.

 I'm thankful that I finally figured out that Gertie here had an ear infection and that I was able to successfully treat it.  She had me going for about a month but I finally figured out the problem through a lot of research.  We cleaned her ears out, which is as hard as you might imagine, gave her some meds and she is back in the game!  Running around biting everyone like she so enjoys.  And she's able to sleep on the roost again!  No more sleeping in a tub on the floor.

 I'm thankful I've been able to try my hand at a new art and craft.  I'll try to show ya'll soon what new stuff I've been working on.  I'm having fun with it.  Maybe I can make some money with it too.

 I'm thankful for old friends and new ones too.

 I'm thankful for food growing in our garden despite that horridly bad drought we are in.  Here's really hoping and praying that drought ends soon.  It's seriously getting really bad.

 I'm thankful for the ability to see beauty in everyday things.

I'm super thankful that I was also able to help my sweetie Peepers.  She had developed a really bad pendulous crop and food was not getting through her system.  She had started to lose weight and everything.  Long suffering Jack gave me about 3 pairs of his socks to chop up so I could make a suitable "bra" for Peeps to wear that would hold her crop up and close to her body so that it could empty. For about 10 days we went through a routine of making her drink water with digestive enzymes and massage, because her crop had gotten very hard, since it could not empty correctly.  She did not enjoy this to say the least.  Even less than she enjoyed wearing her bra.  But, one day while massaging I felt a 'goosh' and I think the plug clogging her crop flushed on out and it started emptying.  It took another 5-6 days but her crop finally emptied totally and she started pooping real, solid poops!!  I know ya'll are thrilled to read about my chicken's bowel movements but I tell you, I was ecstatic!  After about 2 weeks or so I took her bra off and she's been okay but I am keeping an eye on her.  I think she may be prone to this problem, especially if she loads up to too much scratch feed.  So far so good though.  Sorry..but Peepers, Pumpkin and Zuzu are my sweet little spoiled babies and I'd be heartbroken if something happened to one of them.  It hurts me if I can't help ANY of my girls but some of them are just extra special and friendly.
So, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Fall and hope everyone has a great weekend!!


JO said...

Wishing You, Jack, Chigger and all the girls a Happy Thanksgiving. And more good health to come your way.

JO said...

BTW Love the header picture

Ed said...

Just watched a documentary on people who raise chickens to show. It was called "Chicken People". I thought of you a couple of times during the movie.

ErinFromIowa said...

I just love when there is an update on your little homestead. The chickens and your doctoring of them fascinate me. Ed, where is this documentary you speak of?

MamaHen said...

Hey Jo! thank you so much and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! and more good health for both of us!

Hey Ed! I have heard about this movie and want to see it but we don't get the channel it was on. Maybe I can find it online.

Hey Erin! Well, I'm happy to see ya'll still hanging out and checking on my updates.!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Love to hear you're feeling better and trying new things. A chicken bra and cleaning chicken ears are definitely new things for me - how do you even find a chicken's ears? Delighted the girls are up and about as they should be - and you, too. Many thanks all around ~

pamit said...

Love, love love the pictures of your chicken babies. Happy Thanksgiving indeed! --Pam in CO

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope this finds you and yours doing well. May we display your header on our new site directory? As it is now, the site title (linked back to its home page) is listed, and we think displaying the header will attract more attention. In any event, we hope you will come by and see what is going on at

MamaHen said...

Hey Jerry! Sure; that would be fine. Thanks for asking!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thank you so very much for giving permission. You can see your linked header under All, Daily Life, Gardening, Glass/Pottery, Insects/Reptiles, Metal/Woodworking, Pets/Livestock, Photography and the United States. If you could say something (preferably good) about here and there, I would greatly appreciate it.

Ed said...

Missing your blog posts! I still follow you through Facebook but I really do enjoy your longer blog posts. I like what you've done with those wine bottles.