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Date Posted: 13:44:24 11/08/06 Wed
Author: S. K. DIXON
Subject: Oh, Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!!!
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "I'm with Sara. I put vits in my flyers' water ..." on 11:00:19 11/08/06 Wed

How sweet it is when we get them again AFTER we think we have lost them forever! I'm so happy, Bev, that all is calm again. Well, relatively speaking anyway!

>(I'm with Sara. I put vits in my flyers' water ...,
>and I don't provide a 'plain water' dish. Everyone
>seems to be doing quite well.
>Did have a 'prison break' on Sunday. I'd watched some
>morning TV in the den, then went out to work in the
>yard, but failed to close the den door. Now, with the
>return of Autumn, and the return to 'standard' time,
>it seems the sun sets way before I'm ready to quit,
>outside (or anywhere near done, outside, either ....).
> So, when dusk settled, I was just coming inside --
>and that's when I realised that the den was open --
>and the boys where gone!
>This is a fairly big, open house. And, I'm the Queen
>of Clutter -- sooooo, until I heard the sound of
>someone gnawing on a nut, coming from one of the
>bedroom closets, I had no idea where the boys might be
>hiding. Going to the closet, I saw two, and heard a
>third, of the boys. Now, it was a contest.
>The first of the boys (Atom) jumped right to me, from
>the upper shelf (which houses several shoe boxes and
>out-of-season purses). Too late, he realised his
>'mistake', for as soon as he was on my back, I made a
>bee-line for the den. Atom was back in the den before
>he had a chance to jump back off me. One 'down'.
>Four to go.
>The next two in the closet were 'cagey' -- I had to go
>from blazer to blazer, checking pockets (from which I
>retreived not fewer than a half dozen hazelnuts!!!
>How long had these little monsters been planning this
>break????) Eventually, they got tired of running from
>the shoulder of one jacket to another, and 'quit'
>moving. I took Mike, with the jacket he was resting
>upon, to the den. Pagan was next -- but he was
>galant, and did finally jump to my shoulder, for a
>ride back to the den.
>Three back -- two to go. But where were they?? I
>though I heard a noise from the kitchen -- my hanging
>pots clattered just a bit. But no sign of the culprit
>-- and a great danger of losing this fellow to the
>kitchen fieldstone barbque pit. Although the flue is
>closed, the fieldstone has several places where it has
>gaps where it meets the drywall -- mouse size gaps --
>perfect for a flyer to escape into the house framing.
>Sigh. Nothing to do, but wait, and hope.
>Then, going into the second of the main floor bedrooms
>(the 'Roberta Ramona Rowena Raccoon Room', so named
>for all the raccoon collectibles; this room also
>houses my squirrel, raccoon and dog books, and
>collectibles), I spied Irving perched on the doortop.
>As soon as he saw me 'spot' him, he dropped off the
>door to the towels that hang behind it (as the main
>floor rooms are used as guest rooms, I keep guest bath
>towels on wall hung racks, behind the bedroom doors.
>The towels are hung in a fold that provides the
>perfect 'hammock' for an AWOL flyer!). Without much
>ado, Irving did jump to my offered palm, and rode my
>shoulder as I went back into the den.
>Getting him off my person was another task --
>Irving delights in just running circles around my
>torso, avoiding being 'discharged' from his warm,
>mobile tree. Sitting down usually has the desired
>effect, and it worked well. Irving jumped off my
>shoulder to the couch, and back to the den closet
>drey, where his three brothers had already snuggled
>down under the cotton bedding in one of the closet
>nest boxes.
>One more flyer to go -- but no sign of him, anywhere.
>Yak is the smallest of the five boys -- and would
>easily slip into the gaps between the fieldstone and
>the drywall. Also, as once the boys were out of the
>den, they had 'run' of the whole house, Yak might also
>be anywhere in the kitchen, the 'great room', or the
>upper floor loft. He would not have a way into the
>loft bedroom (the girls' quarters), but he'd have
>plenty of other places to hide. Not a sound, not a
>sight, of Yak. Sigh. I finally went back into the
>den, thinking perhaps Yak had not joined his fellow
>flyers, and had stayed somewhere in the den. The den
>has ceiling to floor drapes over the 8' sliding glass
>doors to the outside, as well as quilted window drapes
>into which the boys had already created holes, giving
>them access to the inside of the quilt drapes. They
>love to store hazelnuts inside the drapes, and will
>often take naps inside the drapes, as well. I began a
>thorough search -- and also used the opportunity to do
>a fall cleaning -- but no Yak. I finally quit, and
>'hit the hay', sleeping in the den on the couch, for
>the night.
>In the morning, I hoped I'd spot some sign of Yak --
>but no, nothing I could spot indicated, for sure, that
>Yak was still in the house. I used great care, going
>in and out of the house, as the doors here are all
>sliding glass, and have full draperies hung to pull
>across, in the evening. Just perfect for a flyer to
>be waiting for a door to open, and them to be outside
>in a flash. I'd also put a few dishes of water out,
>fearing that Yak might easily and quickly dehydrate,
>without access to the den and his usual water supply.
>I considered dusting the counters with flour, so I'd
>be able to see tracks from Yak, should he visit the
>water dishes -- but decided there was already enough
>dust!!! lol!
>By Tuesday morning, I figured Yak must have gotten
>out, and resigned myself to never seeing my littlest
>boy flyer, again. I took care of the 'usual' chores,
>made a run to Pa for hay, then came home and got
>dressed to go out and vote. I was back home by 8
>p.m., changed back into 'barn' clothes, and went out
>to bring the horses in for the night. When I was
>finished, I came up and went into the main floor
>bathroom, to get into my jammies. Sitting on the
>commode as a seat, I heard the scamper of a little
>critter coming down the hall, and sure enough, there
>was Yak, who jumped to my leg, then my shoulder, then
>to my neck, to 'snuggle' into my hair! I was soooo
>happy to see him -- and he seemed delighted to be
>taken back into the den. He greeted two of his
>brothers, then went to the den water dish, took a long
>drink, then popped into the nestbox. I wonder where
>he spent the two nights; but I'm sure glad he's back!!!
>It's time, I think, to take the boys upstairs, and
>re-acquaint them with the distaff side of the flyer
>>I have heard others say the same thing--if you are
>>feeding them correctly, you don't need vitamins, etc.
>>HOWEVER, just because I put all the good stuff out
>>there doesn't mean they eat it! (And when you have
>>more than one, how do you know who eats what?) Soooo,
>>to cover my bases, I put vitamins in the water and a
>>couple of times a week some calcium on their food.
>>Makes good sense to me! You could just tell her what
>>she wants to hear and then do exactly as you think
>>best! Cheaper than taking her to visit your vet!
>>>If you give your flyer plain water too, how can you
>>>be sure she is getting the vitamins in her?? I
>>>if I gave mine a choice, they'd only drink the plain
>>>You know I have a chinchilla rescuer, if that is what
>>>they are called. she's bring me a family of chins
>>>this sunday. She wants me to stop all vitamin in
>>>their water even my rabbits. She claims that , if I
>>>feeding them good food they do not need
>>>vitamins....... I'm really torn up in what to do.
>>>Vet told me to give the rabbits and chins a few
>>>peanuts a week and she freaked out over that. Her
>>>words were, I can not believe any Vet told you
>>>Maybe , I should take this lady to my Vet...

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  • Re: I'm with Sara. I put vits in my flyers' water ... -- Cathy C. & Princess P., 11:18:42 11/09/06 Thu

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