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Date Posted: Thursday, August 24, 09:16:18am
Author: Jim
Author Host/IP: vitaminc4.co.orange.ca.us / 206.194.127.112
Subject: Re: Hey there!!
In reply to: Sinbad 's message, "Re: Hey there!!" on Thursday, August 24, 08:16:47am

Well settled in is a yes, but done and put together as far as the house goes...NO :)
Heck when I moved in the yards were super green and thick....and the previous owners' gardner was still trimming and edging....well no need for that since I haven't gotten the automatic sprinklers to come on at all....AND the grass is just dead front and back except for tiny little patches......oh well....I want to replace the lawns with a better lawn for the kind of heat we have anyway. Of course I still have a LONG way to go on getting the separate hen houses setup and getting all the breeds separated for breeding, etc......
As for the Ostriches and Emus.....haven't done any yet, but was just looking back into that.
I have guineas all over the place that are my 'free range' birds now since they horribly beat the heck out of chickens and turkeys that they had hatched with....so they were actually evicted from their hutches, but I'll call it free range so it sounds nicer LOL.....but I did have plans to free range them anyway since they are great bug eaters and they don't even bother to mess with crops.
This Saturday there is a guy from the California Chickens yahoo group that I belong to who is coming down from the Fresno, Calif area (central california approximately) and he's bringing me two Pilgrim Geese, a male and a female, so that's kind of cool since I wanted to get geese again at some point. I have a friend who has TONS of free ranging peafowl on her property and she said if I could come over and catch some, then I could have them....gotta work on that one too. Most of these larger birds are just going to run around in the back half of the property free ranging with the guineas and two goats. It should look really cool once they all get settled in and know this is their home, etc.
The funniest part of living in my place now is that I had wanted to be able to have roosters SO BAD.....and I barely even hear mine if at all, it's all the 'wild' ones that run the neighborhood that I hear because they are constantly running around my front yard and along side the house. So far I've had 3 hens hatch out batches of chicks in my yard. One of them I never even knew she was there with a nest, just saw her with tons of babies after they hatched. Then one I found about two days before her eggs hatched and the other I found about the time she started sitting....and her babies just hatched two days ago....but she only got 3 babies. Three eggs were duds and two broke way back when she first started....that was a bummer because these chickens hatch out a dozen or more babies at once, it's kind of scary like they are building an army or something. I think this might have been the first nest for this one hen because she's much smaller than the other hens that had big batches.
So that's about it on the home front.....adopted a third Greyhound, adopted two goats (Josie and Sammy, named from the previous owners' kids) and then the flock of chickens and guineas and my one lone crooked necked Muscovy duck.
Now if I can get some more fencing in and get some fruit trees and nut trees planted.....corn, tomatoes and other veggies....we will be in business :)

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