|Barn Across the Valley|
The chickens are two year old layers, who are apparently at the end of molting, and are probably still recovering from two moves in two weeks and the general trauma of their first morning here. I haven't given up on them.
By the way, I saw #6 that evening when the neighbors' dogs went tearing across our property. She almost flew back into the barn, which is what I wanted. She disappeared around the back, not to be seen since. The dogs did NOT get her we know, but she hasn't reappeared since that evening.
Sweetheart and I searched, trust me. I did notice the neighbors to the north, whom we haven't met yet, do have a flocks of chicken that were out in their yard yesterday. Hopefully, she just joined up with them.
Meanwhile, Pecksie, Flapsie, Mrs. Goodenough, and the other girls whose names I'm still debating until their personalities are more discernible, are happily clucking away and still alive. They're just not laying!
Bella and Eve are generally making themselves known to the neighborhood. Nubians ARE loud. Truly. One neighbor walked by and made a comment when I was out doing chores this morning. I agreed and retorted that it was payback for all the barking dogs. Ahem. Probably should have held my tongue, but it was out there before I thought. At least they are totally silent at night. Can't say the same about the dogs.
So, life in the country is great. It's just noisy. I am loving the sounds of the countless frogs at the pond and by the creek (crik) and the owls who hoot from the immense trees out back.
We had to change Bella's feed from Purina Goat Chow to oats because that was all that was available. We have them out in the pasture area during the days, but the grass is still quite short. We are supplementing with hay. Someone suggested I switch them to COB to up the protein content. Sure. I'll try anything.
I also question how much milk the previous owners were really getting, but I know that she is giving me about a quart less than the first few days I had her. What, if anything, can I do to try to up the amount of milk she gives? Am I out of luck? Have I ruined her somehow?
Joining in Barn Hop #8 and ♥Barn Charm♥. (Barn Charm links go active Monday evenings.)