Friday, February 16, 2007

The chicks progress

Big Brothers are great to sleep with. So soft and warm.

Don't be fooled by those yellow feathers. We thought The Goose was going to be yellow. The oldest does have white flight feathers coming in. So he may be yellow. The middle chick has dark flights and tail, so he is feathering like Goose.
All by himself so you can see how small he is and how quick they grow. only 4 days between him and the middle one. 9 days between him and the oldest.


Monday, February 12, 2007

He's Back

I knew the Goose couldn't stay gone too long. Right after posting the last about him and the new baby, Bananas started calling. The Goose answered and Target the one eyed cat pinpointed him. He was under the china cabinet. Don't know how, why or the gory details, but he flitted out, flew to a fan blade and took a look around. Seeing it was safe to come home he headed for the cage. I opened the door and in he went. Everyone is happily setting on the post preening away. He only lost one feather that I found and that was from coming out from under the cabinet. Tight sqeeze you see.

Glad you are home Goose. I was missing your calls.


Even I don't believe this!

You have just got to see it to believe it.
That's right there is a new baby. UNBELIEVABLE. They were born on the 1st, the 5th and this last one I figure was born late Friday or early Saturday morning.
We had checked the babies and taken pictures Friday morning before school. So the new one had to have hatched after that. Since it is twice the size of the eggs and compared to other pics of daily growth, I figure it to be 48 hrs old. Since this was discovered and taken late last night, that makes the baby three days old now.
I am still amazed and shaking my head. I candled and figured 3 maybe 5. We had one that died while piping, so that leaves one more possible. I won't check until tomorrow but do I dare think that another may hatch? What about the other 4 eggs? Could I have been wrong about them too? Is Lucy playing games with me and only setting a few choice eggs at a time? If that is the case, She may have babies from a month old to days old in the nest at the same time.

With all this happening The Goose has turned up missing. We have looked and looked but not deeply into closets, drawers and such. Short of buying an endoscope we have no evidence of foul play. HaHa. I really think if someone decided to chomp on him we would have feather evidence somewhere. None. Nada. Nothing. Not a peep from the rest of the gang and no one is looking guilty when I ask who ate Gooseberry. Normally if any of them did something wrong I get the head hanging I'm guilty, sulking away. I get nothing from anyone. No one is pointing paws or even whiskers.

Well The Goose liked to fly so perhaps he has flown his feathery little butt into some trouble he couldn't get out of. I'll just keep an ear open for a day or two more before I really give up on him.