It has been such a long time since I have been able to write. Part of that is due to having too many projects, but part of it is because, while Fergus was quite content to nap quietly as I blogged, Fiona is not. She is a busy girl and sees no purpose to computers. I must say she has a point, but so much has happened in the last few months (has it been that long?!) that I want to fill you all in.
First, I am very sorry to say that we lost Prudence at the end of October. She had been doing remarkably well after her diagnosis in April. She had a lovely summer and enjoyed watching the chicks grow. She never let them get near her food, but she liked being with them. Then last week she took a very sudden turn for the worse. I brought her in the house for the colder evenings, and she spent a few days basking in the warmth of the greenhouse.
I set up a pen so she and Beatrix could spend some time together outside.
They enjoyed a bit of grass and sunshine….and of course worms.
But after a few days Prudence decided that even this was too much. She passed peacefully…I was with her. It was so hard to see her go, but she was ready. I like to think she is with her beloved Amber now..somewhere..free ranging with no hawks to worry about..and having adventures. She was a very special girl…challenging in many ways…never willing to share food and earning the name “Houdini Hen” because of her ability to escape. She will be sorely missed.
That leaves Beatrix as the sole defender of Cluckingham Palace. At least that is how she sees it.
She decides if the “invaders” are allowed in or not! They remain respectful of her..she is now the Queen of Cluckingham Palace after all..but there really is plenty room for everyone.
On a happier note, Rowena laid an egg! She has been laying for almost a week now. So far she is the only one, but I expect the others to lay soon.
Her eggs are still small…as she is young..but they get bigger every day and will soon be as big as Beatrix’s.
I have begun winterizing the coop. It is still remarkably mild for November but there have been a few cold nights. I am also harvesting the last of the herbs and hanging them.
Some are hanging in the storage side of the coop.
But most are in the coop. I love the way they look and they small so nice.
I hung fresh lavender near the nesting box it is supposed to be calming. And that is pineapple sage below. It really does smell like pineapple!
I did my usual Fall decorating with pumpkins and mums…and they were beautiful…though the hungry chipmunks and squirrels have been busy feasting on them..and the mums have now faded to brown. Soon I will cut them back and save the remaining pumpkins for treats for the girls.
Fiona has had a very rough couple of months as well. It started in late September with what we thought was a groin injury. She had to have leash walks only for a few days and seemed to be improving. But then she began limping again. We rested her completely for a week (NOT easy with a puppy) and she improved. A few more weeks of leash walks and she was looking good. She got the OK from the Vet to have a bit of time off leash time last week. We were all very relieved and happy to be out in the woods again. But after only one off leash walk she was limping again! So X-rays were taken. They showed fluid in her knee and indicate an ACL injury. Very bad news. She will likely need surgery to repair the knee BUT she is still growing. They won’t do the surgery until her growth plates close which is at least two months away! She can have short leash walks but no playing..no running or romping… She is not a happy girl.
She has been consoling herself with chewies.
And watching the squirrels outside.
She even has a new harness to for walks..but she is not thrilled with it. She wants to PLAY!!!!!
It will be a long winter I am afraid…and romping in the snow may have to wait until next year. But there is not much to be done. She will go to PT on Wed and be given some exercises..something to do! Hopefully that will help. And we will get through it all…
There are always bumps in the road…we have apparently hit a few…but the journey continues. And you never know what might be around the next bend.