Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dingleberry's to Doppelgangers...

Hey ya’ll,

Well, dear Grace is home from a week long stint in hospital. To recap; Dr. Martinez had to remove the hind talon on one foot and reopened the bottom part of her other foot to allow for the infection to drain. While there, she had daily bandage changes, along with that horrible antibiotic that stings her so much, but the staff fell in love with her and gave her scooches and made mushy-mushy noises to her. The stub where the talon was amputated is still very swollen and the other foot is draining like mad, as it should. All in all, Doc is satisfied with her progress. We won’t be giving her any more antibiotics, so we will just hold our breath and hope for the best.

When I brought her home last night…she quoted from Winston Churchill. “Why stand when you can sit?” Then she inhaled about 12 mice-mini nuggets!

This taken just a few minutes ago. ‘Grace’ aka – ‘Rocky Balboa’It’s absolutely AMAZING Grace can balance so well with her feet bandaged like that.I’m doing good to walk on my two feet. You should see me sliding down the bunny trail…

Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She is filled with the spirit!

One of the down sides of being a new chicken mom is…dingleberry patrol. Yep, sometimes, you have to clean their butts… Baby chickens, like all other babies are sort of sloppy in the personal hygiene department, so you have to take care of business every now and then when those little crusties get in the way.

I had a bit of a fright the other day while on DP. I had taken one of the babies out and I was holding him with my right hand and using my left hand (don’t worry, it’s gloved) to break up the offending clingon. Sometimes, it takes two or three pretty stout breaks with your thumb and forefinger to pull it off and of course she was squeaking her head off from the sheer humiliation of being yanked on in her private parts, when lo and behold, a long stringy piece of something fell out of her butt and hit the floor! I shrieked, “Oh, my God! I have pulled her innards out!!!” Her short chicken life flashed before my eyes and then in horror, I looked at her butt expecting to see blood and the rest of her guts coming out, but there was nothing. I put her back in the brooder and took a paper towel to investigate what hit the floor and it turned out to be only a very long poops. The dingleberry had plugged up the poop chute! Who knew? I’m learning through humility over here.

What a chicken butt is supposed to look like…nice and clean!

This here is the front end. I believe this is the Dark Brahma

This is the Egyptian Fayoumi rooster I call, ‘Dick’. Get your mind outta the gutter! I named him after Dick Dickerson, who raised him from an egg. Handsome, eh?

No, Barbi hasn’t been hit by a bus, she’s just taking in some rays…

Another Rod Stewart doppelganger that was at the Newnan chicken show… He’s all growed up, but I wonder if he still has dingleberry’s???

I am in agreement with Johnson’s opinion of the snow today. We are BOTH over it. Seriously.

This is my friend Dass. Fashion is on the back burner when you’re a guest at my house in the winter. The main objective is to keep from freezing to death. We had a pajama party and watched movies and swilled wine. It was good to catch up!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please feel free to pass it along to others. If you can shake some quarters out of the couch cushions, we sure would appreciate adding them to the birdie-bank. You can go over to www.hawktalk.org and use the PayPal link for your convenience! Thank you very much! And Grace thanks you, too…she told me so….m.

Monteen McCord
POB 130
Holly Springs, GA 30142


At March 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM , Blogger Gaina said...

Well, Grace is certainly one plucky little lady! I'm still keeping everything crossed for her :).

'Dingle Berry Patrol' made me *LOL*. I've never heard it called that before!

My Dad is called Dick (short for Dixon) I'm going to show him your Cockerel and I'm sure he'll be suitably flattered to share his name with such a handsome boy :).


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