I was getting a little nervous... even told Keith I might
re-plant... but look!
These containers are big enough that I can let them be for a while, and grow them on.
I'll have to raise the lights.
I'm so glad to see their little selves!
Here are some happy chickens in the yard at the henspa.
If you can remember, this yard grew up almost impenitrably (is that a word?)
last year with no chickens in it. Everything in the feed that I used to spread sprouted and grew... huge
millet plants, etc. These 11 birds, because Rooster Cogburn is still inside...
have been turning it over, as you can see. They have access underneath the building, as well.
The ground would hold a great garden.
Right now, our new home and old home are in the "Watch" or "Yellow" Zones for
the avian flu announced on Friday in Leavenworth County.
I am not driving through Basehor to go back and forth, as they are out of the zone. I am
not driving through the Hot Zone at all.
This is being treated VERY seriously, and the USDA is on site in
Basehor, running things. We have reported our small flock, and
I went out to put feed out here, and found a dead songbird on the patio.
I called and reported it, though it is unlikely that it was bird flu.
We suspect a neighbor's cat (or Lilly). They are going to call
me back and asked me not to dispose of it.
The man who initially reported... God Bless him... lost 8 birds in
one day last week, and called the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
His small flock had to be humanely euthanized. I have not
been told of any others euthanized at this point.
The red zone is where you see the hot area.
No birds or eggs can move into or out of both circled areas.
The four dozen eggs I was going to take to the Good
Shepherd this week are staying in the fridge... however, I can
give them to Troy and Kathy to eat because they are also in the
This strain of Avian flu is not easily passed to man. It is
carried by wild birds, usually geese.
I showed you the new beds we had dug here in Fairmount last week...
Keith is feeling better, and is going to build "walls" around them with cedar lumber,
so that there is a good cutting edge. Then I'll build them up as I did the old with
straw, manure and good dirt.
Here is a bed of iris at the old house, that still needs some grass dug from it. These are
old-fashioned green and blue, and I am going to dig a few and bring them here.
Today, after three days of glorious sunny weather, we are back at 39 and some rain, and
heavy clouds. We need the rain!
Conditions... very warm, and very windy, these last three days, have
prohibited many pictures of hawks... I saw one this morning,
but don't think I got a very good picture of it. The hawk down on
our "corner" of 155th and Fairmount, has disappeared. I have suspected
she was a female, and I am guessing that at this point, she is on a nest somewhere.