The call came early - had just finished morning chores and were preparing for a visit from the the farrier. Our local Postmaster was on the line. "Your chicks are here," she said.
"I'll be right there!" I answered. And off I flew to pick up two dozen guinea keets. I have to admit - even after all these years with so many ducklings, chicks, keets, and poults, I still freak out a little at the idea of bringing hatchlings home. So much responsibility... 24 tiny little souls for which I am responsible. It's a little bit daunting.
I reached the Post Office in record time, turned on the heat in my car, and settled this cheeping box in the passenger seat.
Ten minutes later, they were sprung from their box and safely installed beneath the infra-red warmth of a heat lamp, with plenty of fresh food and water awaiting.
I picked each of them up and showed them the water and the food, and the keets quickly busied themselves with both.
I sat for a little while to make sure that each of the babies had the lay of the land.
They explored their area and quickly got down to the task of getting some nutrition and hydration.
While I was busy with the chicks, Hubbs was already at the barn with the farrier. By the time I reached the barn, Moonie was finished. I took over for Hubbs and he headed out with Chester for a visit to the veterinary clinic.
Hoof trimming happened without a hitch. My little herd is very used to this (every 8 weeks) procedure and typically behaves in a way that makes a Momma proud.
Even the donkeys, who, in the beginning would protest, are now quite cooperative. - even helpful. It seems I am not even needed to hold the lead line... Chloe took care of that herself!
There was a day when I would have to tie her halter to a fence post to keep her still for the farrier. Now, she knows the drill and simply stands still until he is finished.
After everyone was finished, I opened the gate to the from pasture so that the herd could have their grazing time - the perfect reward for such good behavior!
My reward? A fresh salad cut right from the garden - freshly washed by the previous night's gentle rain. It doesn't get any fresher!
As for Chester... He had his tumor removed and we are awaiting the biopsy report. We'll let you know when we hear... sometime in the next couple of weeks. Until then, he has a few stitches in his nose and a small piece of his nose is missing.☹️
It's hard to believe that Friday has arrived! It is to be an extremely hot weekend. Our Littles are coming for a visit - so I imagine there will be a little hose play happening! They have not yet seen the gnome houses in the woods. Oh... we have so much exploring to do! We'll be back on Monday to share it with you. Have a beautiful weekend!