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She has a sense of dramatic timing, apparently. I took the top off the dog crate to try to make her drink. Then I'm sitting here, bawling my eyes out and she "sat up" so I stuck her bill in the bowl and this time she drank. Twice. Then decided to get up and go take a few laps around the room. Mr. Barry got her a head of lettuce at the grocery store that she nibbled at.

Waiting and seeing.
I am so glad to hear hopeful words about possibly-Delilah up and waddling! May her journey to healing continue!
 
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Rename the dog Samson and give the goose a pair of scissors
 

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Hope your winged friends are doing okay.

I taught myself to crochet using this video and I can not follow a pattern for the life of me but I got good enough to make soft toys on demand. Magic circles are not as exciting as they sound. They are basically just slip knots. Sorry. It is a right-handed example but it does explain the "magic ring" concept very well.

I have no idea about weasels but you can apparently train feral cats to be caught. Most cat eradication programs work by turning the cats habit of cleaning by licking against it. Cat cannons use a camera to ID a cat and shoot strychnine at it, which the cat will then lick off. (Or you can plants grapes everywhere and if the cat walks over the fallen grapes and then licks its feet it will get kidney damage and die of renal failure, which is apparently how a pet died when I was little.)

Not sure how you will go getting a hat on a rooster. I have seen videos of them wearing pants but for a lot of birds pecking on the head / grooming another's head is how they interact socially so they are usually quite against having anything on their head.

Anyway, I'm going to use the poultry-themed thread again to say we got another button quail yesterday.
(I know they aren't chickens but if you squint they sort of look like chicks.)

My son called our new quail Irony. (As in Coppery, Goldy etc, and pronounced without the r.)

Right now they are in separate housing but next to each other so we shall see how it goes.

I have no idea if it is a boy or a girl - with button quails it is pretty much the male ones say "KO--W" and the female ones lay eggs. Also, despite being super tiny they can be incredibly violent and peck heads until they bleed. I wrote a sea shanty inspired by our old quails that was kind of a button quail "The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell." Though come to think of it, that would probably make more sense with raptors.

I'm hoping they do eventually get along without too much fighting otherwise I will have yet another cage of poop to clean.
 

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Yeah...not trying to kill the cats. Up here they're useful rather than a nuisance.

Anyone have a good engineering brain to help me figure out how I can make my coop and run warmer without sacrificing ventilation? I have a heat lamp on in the run (not that any of them are smart enough to go under it rather than freeze. Two of them are melting. In November) and the radiant heater is on in the coop all night. Not sure if it's enough. I can only have so many birds in my house at once and the rooster crowing rattles the windows...
 

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Update: still not 100% sure if it's Delilah but she's much more alert and even showing some curiosity (she's currently in my bath tub). She's not really eating or drinking but she is having opinions, which is a very good sign. A goose without opinions is like a fish with no fins. She left the dog crate on her own, took a lap around the bathroom and got into the tub on her own.

Also having some thoughts on creating a smaller space within the run so the heat lamp can be more effective.

Eta: I don't know if her wings are injured or the muscles controlling them but she keeps wanting to spread her wings and flap (it's a bird stretch) and she only gets them half unfolded before she stops. A little bit of drinking and some half-hearted grooming happening.
 
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So now 100% sure that it's Delilah. I came home from work yesterday and there were some shavings on the floor. From five feet away sweeping, she got upset. She's eating and drinking enough that she's pooping, and she's alert enough to be distressed by human activity. I opened doors to give her a pathway outside and she took it. The way the gander reacted, it was his wife and daughter that got taken out.

Delilah's wings won't spread all the way, but she's grooming and not shivering in the cold, so fingers crossed that she recovers.

Meanwhile, I had to put a heat lamp in the coop for Bucky because he was getting frostbite on his comb. I am going to use a pair of old socks to make him a little ski-mask with draw strings. He'll be pissed but maybe it will keep him warm.
 

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My rooster's stupid head may not accommodate what I was hoping to do but I'm going to try anyway. I finally caved and put a heat lamp in the coop and also got a wireless thermometer so I can keep track of the temp and humidity in the coop from inside. Atm it's 48F/8C inside the coop while it's 32F/0C outside.
 
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