The trials and triumphs of a newlywed couple, their animal menagerie, and their new (to them)home, a 1948 Cape Cod Bungalow.
Mary Oliver once wrote: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
My answer: Anything and everything.
Life is really good.
Our buff orpington went broody (rather early to go broody-- she's only been laying for about 3 months, and she's from a fairly common breed, when broodiness is not as common). So, after a few weeks of this (you have to allow enough time for her to think she's sat on eggs long enough to produce chicks), I snuck out in the darkness last night and stuffed four, barely-day-old chicks under her.
She fluffed up immediately for them to curl under her feathers. I took that as a great sign, and crossed my fingers for all chicks to be alive and happy come morning.
Puffed up and EXTREMELY protective. Hurray for this and hurray for not having to worry about raising four chickies!
The chicken coop was never completed as I had it to be in my mind. So, this weekend, I changed it.
Much better. Still need to finish work on the other sides as well as add landscaping around the coop. See the clematis in the pot on the left-hand side? It's going to crawl up the shed side.... you know, once I finish the shed side's new siding and add trellising and figure out how to plant the plant.
Oh, and the color of the wood on the shed? That's the color our deck is getting stained. :) The chicken coop was a big ol' test run!
Finally, I "stole" three of Bob's pots, spray painted them red, and hung them on the coop. He is mad at me for this. I completely disagree that "stole" is the accurate term to use. Besides-- he has like 20 more! :)
Maddie started training today. It's not really "Agility" yet, since she has a lot of conditioning and shaping skills to learn. She did really well, VERY focused, and you could almost see those wheels in her mind turning.
It's a bit counter-intuitive. I've spend a lot of effort teaching Maddie to be a good dog. Lay down. Sit. Be quiet. Come/Stay, etc. The basics. However, now I'm conditioning her to present behaviors.
Let's say I put down a stack of newspapers. Instead of showing no interest in it and laying beside it, now she needs to start interacting with it and looking for me to tell her what I like. Do I want her to sit on it? Step on it? Nose it? Smell it? Paw it? Circle it? So now, I'm rewarding interacting with an object, which means I'm NOT rewarding her for what I used to-- lying still.
A bit reversed, right?
She stared at me head-on for quite a while today, but slowly she began to realize she wasn't getting treats when she laid down. So she stopped. HUGE! Tonight, she sat only, and she started interacting more with the object I put in front of her.
We'll keep working on it. She is SO excited about this, and you can tell she LOVES having tasks she has to figure out.