First of all, this picture doesn’t do justice to how round this egg is. •
I’ve have one of my laying hens coming up on her second year of laying and it seems her eggs get rounder and rounder. The last 2 days she’s been perched, fluffed out with her tail dropped. Excellent comb color though 👌🏻
I assume she’s egg bound as that seems to be the killer around here recently. I’ve read other IGs that say some hatchery chicks tend to have egg binding issues due to poor quality control, mass breeding and all that Jazz (so research your hatchery and their practices). I’m starting to think it’s true because the last 3 hens I lost seem to have been from egg binding. Epsom soaks didn’t help neither did abdominal massages 😔
So today I got creative. Laying an egg is essentially giving birth everyday, right?🤔 well, what’s a good non-invasive way to get labor going??? An enema! 👀 so I whipped up an ingestible, get your bowls moving, make the chickens dance, purge of a food enema in hopes a massive bowel movement would help get things moving. Dished it out early this morning. •
This evening I found her egg, dirty, ringed and round in the nest box 🙌🏻 hoping my mix worked and it wasn’t just luck because then I may have a chance at saving her again or others 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️•
1 can organic Pumpkin, a table spoon of garlic ( always a good measure for chickens) a Ton of Red Pepper flakes. About 1/4 of a shaker bottle full and some parsley flakes for all around good health. •
About two years ago, I was blessed to visit my homeland Liberia, West Africa. This week I was sad to learn that one of the gifted artisans I met on my trip passed away way too soon. Today I want to honor creatives who may not have formal training or name recognition but their work speaks volumes about their gifting.
This picture was taken in Liberia at a work/home community of weavers. The loom in the picture was hand crafted and passed down through generations. As you can see, the weavers live and work in very challenging conditions. But they are very talented, passionate about their work and they do very much with very little. They often have little money and it is tough to get access to fabric supplies. So they make do by taking sweaters donated to them, pulling out the yarn and creating one long thread (Yes. I'm talking about pulling one strand of yarn from a sweater until you get a ball of yarn). They use the threads gathered from the sweater to weave and create a new kind of cloth.
This is just a reminder for me to-
1. Support local artists and recognize that that support has a greater impact then what I may see.
2 Realise that I really CAN do much with very little.
3. Recognize that I actually have more then what I think I have.
How do you X-ray a 250kg tortoise? You’re about to find out! 🐢 ⠀
In March of this year our ectotherm keepers noticed that our 47-year young Galápagos tortoise Willy had been limping slightly on one of his front legs.⠀
They contacted our skilled vet team at the Auckland Zoo Vet Hospital and developed an ingenious solution – a custom built tortoise hoist!⠀
As Lydia says, improvements can be slow with a tortoise of this size, “one of the challenges of looking after these tortoises is that they do everything really slowly. So they eat slowly, they move around quite slowly and they also heal really slowly” so our vets and keepers will continue to monitor Willy closely as well as providing him with the care he needs while he is healing.⠀
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