Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." ~ Matthew 1:21

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." ~ John 8:12

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sand Boxes!

We added a sand box to each of the grow out pens and the Bobwhites love it! We are glad they are playing in the sand instead of picking at each others. Since we added the extra grit we are also able to throw in some leaves for them to pick through. Those back feathers are beginning to show again! Bobwhites take "dirt baths" instead of "water baths" so they get to play and bathe!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The backsides of our Bobwhites

My goodness! We took a close look at the covey the other night and half of them (maybe more) had bald backsides! With a little observation it wasn't hard to see that they were plucking away at the tempting little feathers that were growing into their fellow birds backs. We shook our heads, threw in some pine cones for them to peck at and hoped they would stop trying to eat each other. The last thing we want to do is de-beak these birds.

Here's a photo of a little one that escaped tonight when we were changing the light out. We recently had to go with a warmer bulb (since the weather dropped down to about 25) and couldn't find a red one. Maybe, just maybe, a switch back to a red light will get them to stop pecking each other - the change in lighting could have been just enough to turn them into cannibals!

9 1/2 weeks old

The bald backside!


An Overnight Trip?

Do you have any idea how hard it is to stay away from home when there are birds to keep fed, watered, and warm? Well, we have a plan...


Larger feeders, more waterers and "on call" neighbors! We'll let you know how it goes!


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Medium Rare!

That's what the covey might be after the last two days here in South Alabama! We've opened up the hatch on the younger birds and turned the heaters all the way down. Temperatures are getting up to 80 degrees during these early days of December. (It's no fun to deer hunt in weather that warm either!). It is a nice break not having to keep the birds warm - I don't think we will try to hatch during the fall anymore since the cooler weather presents a greater challenge in keeping the Bobwhites alive. I wonder what challenges the 100 degree weather will be next summer?

Bunny Ears!

Here's the crew ready for worship! We can't seem to get a photo taken these days without someone sprouting bunny ears! These handsome guys helped collect the Christmas Offering for missions today - they collected over $5000 from our little congregation - I think that calls for a verse:

"Now, our God, we give you thanks, and
praise your glorious name.

But who am I, and who are my people,
that we should be able
to give as
generously as this? Everything comes from you,

and we have given you only what
comes from your hand."
1 Chronicles 29:13-14



Jacob's first self-portrait....

A true artist!


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Introducing....

"Honey"


Honey is a Miniature Schnauzer (she has been shaved but we plan on letting her grow back into the proper "look"). We adopted her last Thursday, and she has been just what we needed to help our hearts heal after losing Pawprint. She is almost 3 years old and is a perfect fit for our family. Cousin Kelly did a wonderful job of finding and choosing her for us!

Just below you will see that Honey loves Peter just as much as we do - except I think the love that Honey has for Peter has more to do with her hunting skills!






Monday, December 3, 2007

The Continuing Saga of "Redfoot"

I am happy to report that Redfoot did not die. As a matter of fact he grew so strong that it became impossible to keep him in the "hospital" when we would try to change the food and water. So, minus one toe, he is back with his group and is doing just fine.

Picky, picky birds!


This is a photo of game bird chow. On the left you will notice crumbles...on the right, pellets. Do not attempt to feed quail the pellets. They all end up on the ground, as they throw them out looking for the crumbles. Lesson learned!