Oh, Buffy Hen! (And a Long Day or Two)

The Internet ate what I was writing earlier today, and it has been a long couple of days, so you luck out and get to read about the CHICKENS again. I’ll also share some cute dogs before getting all thoughtful again tomorrow.

This evening, Kathleen and I went over to feed the animals, as usual, just before sunset. We heard a LOT of mooing, and when we got there we saw the Vrazels’ cattle in the race. Other cattle were in the pens. As you can see, these were mamas and babies (hooray, I got to see the spotted ones up close).

We are very dubious about this confinement.

They said they were going to AI all the mamas, which meant there was no way for us to get to the horses. I said I’d do it in the morning. No problem. It was fun watching them move the little ones away from their moms. They were displeased.

So, we went back to the chicken area, where Big Red and Little Red were eating some popcorn that Yanelly must have given them. I gave them some feed and scratch, then looked around for Buffy. She was nowhere to be seen, so I figured she must have finally bit the dust. Also, there were no eggs in their new nest (they have totally deserted the old coop).

On a hunch, we went into the barn to see if Buffy was there. She wasn’t in her old spot, but I thought I had better check that other spot where we found a lot of pink eggs week before last. Look what I saw:

I’m trying to blend in with all this wood. Leave me alone, Suna!

She was sitting on EIGHT pretty pinkish-brown eggs. That’s one a day since I last checked. My goodness, that’s a broody hen! And being my sweet Buffy, she let me take them all out from under her without a bit of complaint. She’s just the best danged chicken. I hope she hangs on for a few more weeks until the new coop is done!

The eggs on the right turn out to be Buffy’s. That means the tan and spotted ones are from the two reds. I hope they forgive me for calling them unproductive.

Fun with Microchipping

I’ll save yesterday for another post, but today I’m happy to talk about. This month, the monthly Milam Touch of Love day at the thrift shop was intended to also be a day to thank the community of Buckholts. We had planned to microchip dogs and cats for them, and we’d advertised throughout the town. We hadn’t mentioned it to others, because it was the first day for our microchip team, and we didn’t want to overwhelm them.

Guyla, Michael and I were the lean chipping machine after Meghan left to transport some puppies.

But, we didn’t anyone by noon, so we opened it up to others. It was really fun once the dogs started coming, and the microchippers did a great job! They only missed once. All kinds of dogs came, seventeen in all, which made us feel good. All those doggies will be able to be found if they get away. And aren’t they all cute? They were good doggies!

It was also very gratifying that many of the shoppers at the thrift store donated to MTOL when they heard what we were doing. We had some warm conversations about people’s pets, and got a lot of thanks. We may have even found a new volunteer.

Good-bye from Roddy the Rottie. He was our biggest customer today.

It always feels good when your hard work is acknowledged and you feel support from your fellow volunteers and the community. I have more to say on that topic, but I’m saving it for tomorrow.

I hope you did something gratifying and fun today. (My fun was getting some more Christmas decorations for the office.)

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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