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Amazing how fast they grow and mature! That's faster than a tomato! LOL
They are amazing little critters. If it weren't for the need to incubate them artificially - I would consider them the perfect SS animal. But, I've heard of incubating them under a silkie so that might be an alternative. They grow fast, lay quickly, are easy to process and I've never had a sick one. Not saying they don't occasionally commit suicide when they escape their pen, lol.

Speaking of silkies - I want some. Only a few, but I want some. I've never had good luck with silkies - I dunno why - but I want some anyway. My crazy self wants to create some showgirls. They are a cross between a silkie and a naked neck. So darn ugly they're cute!

Borrowed this pic from google:
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Is that not the cutest/craziest thing you've ever seen!!??!! I wonder if TSC is having it's chick days yet?
 

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I gave my silkies away. I just didn't gee-haw with them. That rooster got mean and I don't like mean roosters, no matter how cute. The guy that got them turned out to be 3 minutes from us and he is going to buy a couple of my ewes. I will wean their lambs, let them have a rest, breed them, CD&T shot, trim feet, worm if needed and he can pick them up in probably June or July. He is thrilled. So am i. I'm keeping 2 ewe lambs, gotta watch the numbers here. LOL
 

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Watch them multiply...….. :lol:
Funny how that happens! And then there's the crazy human that helps the multiplication process by putting eggs in the incubator.... ARGH! It's an illness I tell ya!

Woke up to 60 degrees - brrrrrr! Forecast was for a bit cooler, but I'm ok with it. Rain was/is in the forecast but thankfully it's staying a bit north of us - so far. I'm still itching to get real gardening going on. Just terrified to actually set any of the spring veggies out yet. Soon... I guess I could go ahead and start a couple more seeds. Eggplant is on my mind this morning.

Need to make up a batch of dog food stretching rice mixture. Dogs LOVE it. I generally coook a big pot of rice, using goat milk as about half of the liquid. Then I throw in whatever leftovers I have loitering in the fridge. I always throw in a bunch of eggs and a few shells and I have some powdered meat that I processed specifically
for the dogs. They'll get some of that today since I don't have a lot of leftover meat.

Baby goats are still percolating along in utero - no births expected until early April. ARGH! SO hard to wait. I'll pick up alfalfa pellets next time I buy feed to bolster the ladies a bit. It'll be time for CDT boosters in just a couple weeks along with de-worming anybody that is looking pale in the membranes. Gotta keep up with the up keep, lol. Really looking forward to milking again. I'm tired of buying half-n-half for coffee!
 

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I haven't had pheasant in decades....I am so old. Lol
there are wild pheasants around not as many as there used to be since the neighbors have hunted them, but all summer we can hear one making the rounds of their territory through the fields and along the hedge. once in a while they would come in the yard but not too often. i can see them out in the fields in the winter sometimes. a lot of them get hit by cars. :(

there used to be Bob Whites (quail!) around too, but i've not seen those in 20yrs. i would love to restock them locally, but i don't want to actually keep any animals myself.
 

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There are no Bob White quail here either. I remember hearing them when I was a kid and I sure miss them. They say it's because of fire ants, but you don't have fire ants where you are..... I've thought about raising them to turn loose and restock them as wildlife.
 

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There are no Bob White quail here either. I remember hearing them when I was a kid and I sure miss them. They say it's because of fire ants, but you don't have fire ants where you are..... I've thought about raising them to turn loose and restock them as wildlife.
i think for our spot it was the change in habitat availability.

when Mom (and now gone ex-step-dad) built the place here the field to the south was an open grassy area with no scrub trees or shrubs. now that has been returned to farmland production so the only grassy open habitat is to the back of us and that is now being overgrown by poplar, pines and oak trees. our part of that back field we've brush hogged once to knock back the thorn bushes and other scrub brush and poplar trees i didn't want casting shade on my vegetable gardens.

if i stick around here longer term i may try a similar thing as long as they can persist enough it would be worth it to see them around again. i'd have to read up on how to provide some safer nesting areas or such as we have a lot of raccoons, possums, skunks, snakes, etc. as it is i'm surprised the pheasants are able to survive even if there are a lot fewer of them now than were here before i can still hear them around most of the time in the summer.
 

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