Our Backyard Farm

on half an acre of land

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More sadness on the farm

We lost Morticia a.k.a. Baby Kitty last night. We are all heartbroken over her loss but have her babies to keep her legacy alive.


The necropsy report states: Cat was spayed at XXXXXXX spay station 9/26. This morning she was acting differently and vocalizing; owner found her deceased this afternoon. Her skin incisions and abdominal incisions were intact. A large amount of free blood was found in the abdomen (150 ml + several large clots). The right pedicle appeared to be knotted back on its self and the knot was intact. There was no knot or ligature associated with the left pedicle, and a large blood clot extending from the pedicle down to the uterine stump. There was a single ligature around the uterine stump that appeared intact. The other abdominal organs appeared normal”.

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Silkie Chick Update

The silkie chicks are growing and now have names. We picked names that are gender neutral but we think that Twitch is a boy, Charlie is a girl, Aval is a girl, and Max is a boy.

Chick 1 – Buff with vaulted skull. We call him Twitch because he has an odd twitch to his head. We think it was because of a peck to the head by his “siblings” about four days after we brought them home. He is the one that is starting to get red in the comb. He is banded blue.

Chick 2 – Buff with Vaulted Skull. Charlie is banded green. It looks like I am squeezing his neck but I promise I am not.

  Chick 3 – Buff chick with vaulted skull. Aval is banded pink Chick 4 – White chick no vaulted skull. Max is not banded.

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We are having babies

well not us specifically but Mr. Rooster and the girls! We put in four eggs from our flock and four eggs from the neighbor. So far every egg is progressing and growing a chick!

We candled yesterday and this is what a fertilized egg that is starting to grow a chick looks like.

We also have two double yolk ones. Usually double yolk (twins) eggs either stop developing on or around day 10 or do not survive the hatch.