Everything has greened up and leafed out and just reeks of LIFE.  Even up here on the hill where we are about two weeks behind everybody else, the lilacs are in full bloom and the rhododendrons are just starting to bloom.  The irises are out.  The lawn is growing like crazy.  Everything is alive and thriving, and making up for the long winter.  No matter what else is wrong in one’s life, spring and early summer is a time when everything seems right with nature.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a city where you don’t see all these signs of nature at her best.

The chicks are now six weeks old and have been coming outside for close to a week now.  They still have a light for heat inside the coop, but it’s a smaller version of the original and they really only use it on very cool nights.  In the morning, they are ready and waiting for the door to open so they can rush out onto the ramp that leads them to the fresh air.  They are not yet smart enough to go inside on their own come dusk, but that always takes a while.  Scott did manage to get one inside last night under its own steam, so he only had to catch six of them.

There is a bit of kick-boxing action going on with the two mille fleur cochins, too.  It would figure that they are probably both roosters!  The bronze laced polish chick is quite lovely, and I’m really hoping it is a hen.  The four barred rock kids are much smaller than those other three, so I’m guessing they will be quite petite even when full-grown.  These are all bantys, but I guess there is still some variation to the size.  I still have no clue as to the  sexes of any of these kids, but I just hope we have SOME hens out of the seven!

The older hens are now giving me three or four eggs per day.  Since they are bantys, it takes two to make the equivalent of one large chicken egg, so they barely keep up with us.  We do really enjoy having them, though, and if we do end up with all roosters we will keep the best so we can make more kids next spring!

We have a pair of bluebirds nesting in one of the houses, as well as several pairs of chickadees, robins, and phoebes.  This year the swallows booted out a pair of chickadees from the house near the goldfish “pond” which left the bluebirds to lay claim to the house of their dreams that the swallows normally grab.  So I guess in the end it all worked out well, and I’m sure the pleasant little chickadees found another spot.  We have a LOT of houses, and yet most years they still squabble over certain ones.  The more birds the better, especially since they eat so many bugs!

Inside, I just had a parrotlet baby hatch.  I think he’s going to be the only one of the clutch, which was mostly infertile save for one other egg in which the chick tried to hatch but didn’t make it.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mom will still feed the lone chick.  In nature, it’s not in their best interest to “waste time” on a lone chick when they could go back to nest and have a full clutch of 4 to 7 babies, so often a single chick will be abandoned.  We shall see.

The new budgies are now in the birdroom and laying a clutch of eggs.  All seems to be going well there. They have laid three so far and are both spending a lot of time in the box.  Hopefully they will hatch and I’ll have some budgies to handfeed.  It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had budgies in the house, so it will be fun.  We actually really enjoyed having them in the living room, but since the guys were going to be wanting the AC turned on and lots of air movement, I figured I’d better get the budgies into the birdroom before that happened.

My canaries are not exactly cooperating this year.  They were “in the mood” in the winter, which is just not right so I refused to give in to them, making them wait till spring.  They dropped eggs all over the place and then went into their molts, and now they are finally starting to get back in the mood.  Of course now it’s a bit late in the season!  🙂

The gouldian baby that had been abandoned by the foster parent societies is finally weaned!  I had been handfeeding her since she was near three weeks old, and for a while I thought she’d never wean.  This past Monday was the last feeding she got, and she is doing well.   I also have four kids that are finally colored up enough to sell.  Check my website for pix and info.

Someone asked me what the windspinners I had mentioned looked like.  You may recall that my son got me a lovely flamingo for my birthday, and then a crow for Mother’s Day.  We already had an oriole and a dragon.  The flamingo is probably my favorite, so here is a picture of it:

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She’s a beauty!

We had some fun this past weekend sending rockets up.  The humans had fun; Spotticus did NOT.  He was not impressed, not one little bit.  My little chihuahua may be a fierce defender of his Mama, but some things just terrify him.  He doesn’t like when the guys shoot guns, and we now know he does not like rockets being launched.  So Spotty went inside where it was safe and quiet.  The rockets were fun, though.

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My guys are on vacation next week, and we get to celebrate their birthdays, too.  I always said that Alex was Scott’s birthday present back in ’86, because we brought him home on Scott’s birthday.  So their birthdays are two days apart and we usually try to celebrate for several days.  Since Alex is living here at the moment we can celebrate all week!  Then in a couple of weeks we can celebrate Spot’s birthday, too.  I can’t believe he will be 7 already!  Time really does go way too fast.  Enjoy today, since you never know how many tomorrows you have left.

Till next time,

Nita

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