OK, here's something! AJ
, cute chicks! I also want to know what breed they are - I've never seen any that color.
Have you raised chicks before? I'm thinking yes? Well, in any case, this is just for general information if you already know it, but sometimes chicks that are brooded (raised under lights by hoomans) will get a chill here and there and end up with something poetically called "pasty butt." It's exactly what it sounds like - they get a little diarrhea and it dries on that fine down and plugs up their vent. (That's the "out" hole to the uninitiated.) You can pick it off (or soak it off if it's dried hard), but if you leave it on there, the chick will die in a few days. The best preventative I've found is to add cayenne powder to their chick food, at a rate of one tablespoon of powdered cayenne to one cup of chick feed. If any chicks already have pasty butt (AJ, yours don't), then double the cayenne to two tablespoons per cup. Chickens don't have capsaicin receptors on their tongues, so they can't taste the hot. Anyhow, it's a simple fix for a pretty common problem.
In other news, all our new snow melted yesterday (finally!), and Cricket is finally letting down for me, but I'm only getting just under a gallon from her each morning. I could milk twice a day (adding a milking in the evening) to increase her production a little bit, but I've never liked doing that because it pokes such a huge hole in my afternoon and I don't have time to fix dinner and feed dogs and stuff. I need a wife to take care of all my house duties, so I can do all my farm chores. Rich makes a LOUSY wife! He can't cook worth a damn, and doesn't know when to stop and empty the vacuum cleaner (it's a bagless model), so the few times I've asked him to vacuum, he jams the machine up so bad it takes me an hour to clean it out. Why is it that I'm the only one who knows how to do anything around here? (Ooops, a little rant slipped out there, didn't it?) Well, anyway, I'm only milking once a day, and that's that. It'll keep us in drinking milk, and I can probably still make at least one cheese a week. That's enough, I guess.
Nothing exciting happened yesterday, so I have nothing else to say. Wow, that doesn't happen very often!