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21 February 2014 @ 08:28 am
Bird problems  
I am almost recovered now. I woke up still congested but could breed and runny nose hasn't been a problem in a while.
Well as the subject of this post says I have been having bird problems. Mostly with Henrietta. She has become loud and obnoxious. She screams all the time. I can't leave her in the coop with the others because she starts screaming at first light. Then during the day she wants in and out all the time. She comes to all the window and nothing satisfies her. I think she's addicted to the mealworms which are just a treat and not a meal. And she only wants to lay eggs inside the house though there are nests outside. I'm tired of her coming in actually because she does it so much. And if she doesn't get her way she jumps the fence looks in all the windows and screams. While I was sick I couldn't tend to her majesty of course and I was home alone. She screamed for an hour or more straight because she wanted the nest inside. I was amazed I was able to out wait her. Now she's taken to sleeping in the patio. It's like having a roosters and the others aren't like this. They are quiet though lately they have started to respond to her screams which I'm not pleased about. She's teaching them bad habits. Henrietta is not a good pet right now and I have even had thoughts of giving her away she's driving me bonkers. I don't know if I really mean that right now or it's just because I'm angry with her. I need to think about it and weigh all the pros and cons. She has always been my favorite and I love her but it's not good when I see her and think of chicken sandwiches. We've been putting her in the garage every morning but she still wakes us up so it's get up and put her in there. Not good.

The hawks are down from up north and my pigeon population has been decimated. My flyers anyway. I have lost many birds. Yesterday was bad. I went to clean the coop and all the chickens ran past me. Then I saw two of my pigeons flying high which means there was an attack. I only had three left. I went to the side yard and a big Cooper's Hawk had one of my white birds. I ran after him and my pigeon was too have and he didn't clear the fence and had to let him go so I scared him away. My pigeon landed in the loquat tree and was bleeding from the breast. I got it down and bled all over my legs. And while I was trying to bring him in my chickens tried to pull him out of my hands because they thought he was dead and they yanked a bunch of feathers out. SIGH! So now I'm taking care of him. A few hours later I get a phone call from a woman in the neighborhood over. She said she found one of my birds. Her daughter rescued it from a hawk and got it away from him, but the pigeon died in her hands. Now that just sucks. So I went over with a box to pick up my dead pigeon. The daughter and two boys from the neighborhood were there. She was upset the bird died and all of them told me they had never seen a pigeon before and enjoyed petting it. I told them about hawks and other birds and they asked a bunch of questions. But it was getting dark and I had to go home. So I only have one flyer left. I need to find out who's left because Torque and Bluey looked the same. I'm hoping it's Torque. But probably not. The way it goes in the pigeon fancy is your favorites always get killed.

I still have several pigeons but they are all indoor pigeons that will not fly again because I like them too much. I'm done with flying pigeons and probably won't breed them again except for a few special ones. But perhaps not as I need to access what's left. I think I only have females of my whites which would suck. I do want to downsize my birds but not like this. I really just want to have a few budgies and chickens. Birds that are easy to take care of or that can take care of themselves.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
actipton80actipton80 on February 21st, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
I hope Henrietta stops being so annoying. I love seeing your funny pictures of her, and I wouldn't want her to end up in a stock pot.

Your poor pigeons. I know it's bird life, but I do hate it when it's always the pretty or sweet birds that end up having bad things happen to them. I love pigeons and think the white ones are beautiful, but they do make tempting hawk bait.
Des: George Smiththagirion on February 21st, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
If I did give her away I would make sure she goes to a good home where she can scream all she wants. Also with the stipulation that if they can't take care of her anymore to give her back to me. I don't want anyone to eat her. But right now I'm not sure what to do yet.

Yes it sucks. It's not just the whites. The one that died yesterday was a blue check. I'm tired of the bloody masacres I keep finding of birds that used to be my friends. I feel like a have a hawk feeder. If I'm going to feed hawks I would use rats.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on February 21st, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Des: Jacarandathagirion on February 21st, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah it hasn't been a good few days.
earthmother45earthmother45 on February 21st, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh my...I really feel very deeply, very sad and can imagine your feelings of seeing this horrible massacre happen to your pets. As you told your story and described what happened, I just felt like I was right there with you...tears came to my eyes, Des. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. And also so sorry for the feelings of terror your birds must have felt at being attacked.

As for Henrietta, I did have to smile when you said, "....it's not good when I see her and think of chicken sandwiches." But I know that was just a brief feeling in your moment of frustration.

Glad you are at least feeling better from your cold, sinus and congestion. That kind of stuff is lousy to have.
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on February 21st, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am not having a good day today. I'm disappointed I won't have flying pigeons anymore. It was so great to just let them loose and watch them fly free with no worries because they always come home. Yeah my poor birds. I know that hawks and falcons strike total fear into their hearts. I have read about some bird species that when captured by humans for tagging fight and don't know what humans are potentially the most dangerous predator. But if they even see a falcon they totally freak out.

I'm very frustrated today trying to get everything cleaned up. I would never hurt Henrietta but you think these things when you're being pushed to your limits.

Yes physically I am starting to feel better at least. Right now I'm just overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done around the house.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Kurt sadsilvolf on February 21st, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you're not having much luck with birds at the moment. That's really sad about the pigeons. As for Henrietta, as I was reading it I was thinking about chicken sandwiches before I saw you mention that. But it's a real shame she's being a pain. It's never fun to have your favourite pet be hard to live with.
Des: Ophidius Sadthagirion on February 21st, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's been a rather blah day for me because of all this. I think the pigeon stuff really got to me because I feel really weird. No energy but it's not physical.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 22nd, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
Henrietta is the breed of chook that will tend to be quite bossy. I thought you might be wanting to give hr away, but I see in the comments that you would be reticent to give her to someone else in case she was not looked after. What she needs is a 'servant' to get up at dawn every day!!! I hope she stops aggravating you soon.

I'm very sorry about your pigeons. Those hawks that have been driven down by the cold from the north must be very hungry! It would be awful to see your pets die. I'm sorry the little girl was upset, too. Those people were very nice to try to save your pigeon.

Edited at 2014-02-22 09:27 am (UTC)
Des: Henriettathagirion on February 22nd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah Henrietta is "special". When I picked her as a chick I chose her because she stayed calm in my hands, didn't struggle and didn't run away when I picked her up. I got good feelings from her and those are good pet qualities but she's gotten some very bad habits lately. I hope it is just a phase.

I'm glad they called me. Not knowing is the worst.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 23rd, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
If Henrietta stayed calm in your hands and didn't run away, then she was the right baby chick to pick. I'm sorry she is giving you hassles right now. Hopefully she will settle down as spring progresses.
Des: Henriettathagirion on February 23rd, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yes I love that personality and she's been very interesting because of that. Yeah I hope it's just a phase.
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on February 22nd, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aw I'm so sorry to hear that Henrietta is being bothersome like that. I really hope this is just a "phase" of some sort, if chicken even go through that, because my budgies go through the occasional bitch phase for a couple of a weeks, but then again, a chicken is way different than a budgie.

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your pigeons. Yep it's been brutal up north here in terms of the temperature, and the Cooper's hawk that hung around here for awhile had disappeared, so I assume that she migrated too. My condolences on the loss of your pigeons :( I hope that no more damage is done and things get better with Henrietta.
Des: Ophidius Cryingthagirion on February 22nd, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah I hope it's just a phase too.
I was very upset about the pigeons. They are all inside now so they will be safe. But now Zucca is missing. My second favorite chicken. Not good.