Saturday, December 3, 2016

Blue Bell's Adventure - The 8 Sister Chicks

Hi Sweet Friends, 
 Today, I'll be sharing an article that I wrote on 
Back Yard Chickens LINK

Blue Bell's Adventure - The 8 Sister Chicks

This is Blue Bell just last month while strolling in the gardens & backyard. Blue Bell has to be our most feisty chicken and definitely our fastest runner & flyer.(even with clipped wing feathers)

Blue Bell has a brightness about her that makes her the most carefree chicken in the bunch, and she is the youngest.
Blue Bell is a Andalusian Blue that was born on March 21, 2016. Matt and I picked Blue Bell & Princess because they were born on our Anniversary.

When Blue Bell started laying, we were still letting them roam and didn't have the laying boxes built. So, the chickens found their own "special" place to lay. Blue Bell, would fly over the back fence (even with another 4 foot of fencing added) and would lay her eggs in the window well of the home behind ours. She loved the "free" food from the apricot tree in the back neighbor's yard and would fly over every morning just after we let them out of the small pen.

We couldn't hold Blue Bell and she never would come near us, even when she was a chick in the inside brooders. She was always skiddish of us and would dart away fast whenever we came near.
 This was as close as I'd gotten to her in months.

These above photos were taken in October of this year. She is 7 months old now and loves being out on her own. That being said, and to get on with her story of courage, yesterday, Blue Bell was found in another neighbor's yard, over a 6 foot fence. After closing the chicken house up the night before, she wasn't accounted for. So we hunted for her in her "normal" places to roost, like the huge lilac between our home and our neighbors yard, or on top of the huge morning glory vines. She was no where to be found. At 6:00am we found her roaming the neighbors yard.

Unknown to us, the neighbor had let the dogs out before they went to work and there was our girl in the yard. The neighbor was quick to grab the big dog, but not before he got ahold of our little girl. Blue Bell was laying lifeless on the cement patio, bleeding and hurt.

We got the call around 8:40am. It was the neighbor and she said, "my daughter's dog killed your chicken!"And went flying out the door, knowing she was dead, knowing I would have to bury her, knowing this would truly break my heart. I arrived out in the yard after Matt had her in his arms. He said, "CJ, she's alive!!"

First, she was assessed for medical stuff. She was totally in shock. We cleaned her up and put her in a box with a soft towel. We put her in a quiet place and the waiting began. When she finally started responding, we gave her vitamins & probiotics through the night.

Her eyes are still swollen and shut tight. We have been giving her eye drops 4x's a day. Her first night, she was able to stand, but was very skiddish and shy at sounds. She slept in the carrier and did great!

This am we noticed the eye swelling is down a bit and with the eye drops, probiotics and vitamins she is doing much much better!! However, her eyes were dark black and she's acting as if she is totally blind. We will see her through another night of rice, soft veggie mash and love. She has really come along in the two days since the attack and we are so happy that we have had these days with her.

Baby Blue Bell


UPDATE: Sunday 2:30am
We just took a peek in the carrier and found that Blue Bell had laid an egg!! YAY! She had moved it out towards the front of the carrier, but there it was, bigger than any egg she has laid since.

Oh and Matt told me that I forgot something in Blue Bell's Story. While he was holding Blue Bell, before we even had a chance to clean her up, Blue Bell, laid an egg in Matt's lap! We were so shocked, but it seems that this sweet girl kept in her egg until she felt safe enough to lay it. And she laid it in Daddy's lap!!

I have to say that,for me, a woman of great emotions, this has been a heart wrenching ordeal. My emotions in the past 45 hours, I have gone from desperately worried, to devastated, to elated, to hopeful, to worried, to surprised, to thankful! Emotionally, as any Momma is, I'm a wreak! But happy and relieved that, no matter what, she will be ok.

After this early am examination, she is tender on her left wing. The swelling and bruising are still evident, but she is more active and talking a bit when we talk to her. We have been holding her gently on our laps, and shockingly, she is enjoying it, except when I reached for the "feeder tube" we are using for the vitamin & probiotic water (an irrigator I got when I had a tooth pulled - a medicine dispenser that has an extended curved tube at the end) photo  and SWAKKK 🔺⧭⥷🔺came out of Blue Bell.

On closer inspection, Blue Bell had broken her wing. We think the swelling kept it from hurting, but now that she is healing, the wing is tender. So, "DR. Daddy" (whose initials are MD lol) sprung into action and we found a chart on this link:
about Avian wing and leg treatment. This has been extremely helpful. Oh and the photo  in the carrier,

was how we could see that the left wing was indeed visibly lower. **So, photos are a must, and I recommend for anyone going thru any trama with their chickens/avian children.**
She has been "gently" wrapped and we will keep it on for 2 weeks, as indicated, to ensure proper healing.

I wrote instructions on this photo, but they are not readable here; they are from the website on Avian wing treatment above.
After a little bit of nutrition and vitamin/probiotic water, she is looking good!

I'll update again, when it is morning, or normal people's morning...there is no such thing as normal when dealing with an injured animal, as you all know!
UPDATE: Saturday 12:30am December 3, 2016

Blue Bell is blind, but seems to be able to see some shadows. We tap on the water & food bowls when we set down the new bowls daily, so that she knows where they are. There is no thought of killing her because she is blind, the chickens are our pets. We feel, as many of you do too, that just because there is an injury to the chicken does not mean it has to be put down. That being said, if it ever becomes an issue with the other chickens, even with separation, the we may consider it for her Blue Bell's sake. But she is doing great and improving daily.

She is lifting her legs high when walking and stepping in small steps in a manner of locating where she is and what is around her.

She still loves the rice mix (above) and we have added the poultry mix to the cracked corn and she really likes that mix. She is not drinking as much water as we would like, but it is right there next to her favorite rice mix, so she does know where it is.
Blue Bell  is eating on her own and coming to the bowl when we tap on it.

Her wing is on the mend and she took off the ace bandage sometime yesterday. The over wrap is still on for about 3 days; taking it off at 2 weeks as instructed.

The wing seems to be tender, but not painful as before and she is lifting it a bit.
She did stretch out, the first time we saw this, each wing; favoring the left and not stretching it out as wide, but it is definitely an improvement!!

Her poop is definitely switched from runny to a chicken poop. No need to describe, I know.

She spends most of the time now in the tub, coming out when we shower, but she seems to like the added space. And we placed a large folded blanket in the bottom to keep the cold down and topped it with puppy pads for easier cleaning. The poop stays in shape and can be picked up with TP and flushed away. Changing the pads at night had kept down the smell. *(for me, CJ, that is a big issue!)

Blue Bell's eyes just over a week after the attack.
Her eyes have changed as well. The color is more around her eye on the right. Mostly black with a little strip of orange on the left eye, but the vet said that may change in time. We will see. And YES, you can pray for your animals. Remember, God created animals before He created man, so that shows He does care for our animals, too!

So, it seems until the Side Chicken Run is built, she will stay indoors. By the way, Grandma, Matt's Mom, who has Dementia, loves sitting and watching Blue Bell. It gives her a purpose during her day. She has also adopted our disabled Persian Kitty, too. Animals are good for people with all sorts of troubles!
Have a Blessed Day!

*Note: I'll list the vitamin & probiotic on the next posting! CJ

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Beaded Felt Ornaments - Creative Day Thursday DIY

Hi Sweet Friends!

Today I thought I'd show you what I am doing for my "Fancy" Beaded Ornaments this year.
These will be going out to family as their Christmas Gift. They turned out so pretty, I just had to share them with you!
I used blue felt, white felt, blue & white glass beads, and blue and white floss. Needle & scissors & black marker. I stitched the snow flake in white floss after I drew on the design with a fine tip marker.

 Next I stitched on the sequins and beads.
 Then I stitched the blue felt heart to the white felt heart with the blue floss.
 Then I added the blue seed bead trim.
 Then I wrote "Merry Christmas" and the year "2016" on the back white heart.

 I used a fine tip Sharpe to write on the felt.
I added a blue hang loop of blue seed beads. I then stitched the two white hearts together using the white floss and finished the white bugle bead boarder.
 I added bugle and seed beads to make some crystals coming down from the heart point, just for fun!

I haven't given detailed instructions on these others, as I just kinda winged these without patterns and just designed the ideas. 

I tried to find some paper that would help me to lay the designs out, but to no avail. I will continue to look and try to recreate the designs on paper for a later posting. If you know of this beading graph paper and where to find it, be sure to let me know in the comments!



Monday, November 21, 2016

Rainbow Days!

Hi Sweet Friends!
Thanks for dropping in! It has been raining a bit here lately and I just had to share some of these pretty rainbow photos. For me, a rainbow makes me smile. How about you?

off in the distance, but I love the colors!

Down by the Montrose Pavilion.
Heading South. Cool band effect. We had never seen one like this!!
Glad you had a chance to stop in. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Decorative Table Setting Ideas

Hi Sweet Friends!
The Holidays are upon us and Thanksgiving is just a week away! Setting a nice looking table is part of our families own Holiday Tradition since my Grandmother's delightful table presentations. She always laid out the fine china, linen and crystal with a beautiful centerpiece that tied it all together. And I was the lucky one to inherit two of her many china sets that I use in my home to this day. I will be passing them down to my own grandchildren when they have families of their own. 
The Emily Post Institute has some great advice on Table Setting here:

I found some photos of my table settings I wanted to share with you. It is good to know how to set a table and I have included some personal diagrams for assistance at the bottom of this post.

Fun Holiday Breakfast

Fancy golden charges were $1.00 at the Dollar Tree (*these are not to be used as regular plates, just under the main plate).

Formal Flair

Thanksgiving Table

Elegant And Crisp


Here are some photos to help you set the table.

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