We recently got the bad news that our flock has mycoplasma synoviae (usually shortened to MS) – George was very sick and after we finished the job, I took him to the state vet for a necropsy. While MS is not as lethal as the avian influenza that agriculture people have been watching for about a year, it can slowly decimate a flock. While it’s treatable, the only way to completely eradicate it from your flock (and keep from spreading it to new birds you bring in) is to “depopulate” and start your flock again. Which means that those babies that Buffy hatched this summer? They’re in the freezer (the vet said that as long as they’re cooked fully, they’re safe to eat). The rest of the flock? They’re enjoying the fact that doing the four we did this past weekend was exhausting.
This was after getting Whiskey neutered last week. He was not as docile as I’d hoped he’d be after the surgery. Like Rhythm, he was quiet for a couple of days, but after that, he was decidedly done being cooped up in the house with supervised trips outside exclusively for elimination.
Needless to say, last weekend was exhausting and I was glad when it was over. This week has been more manageable. And we have a date for the pigs to go (bacon!), which is helpful for planning (fences and feed).