This has been a week for LEARNING … and there is one gruesome photo, so just pass by this week’s post if you are weak of stomach.
It started off well enough … Austin hosted a workshop for people from Moala – an island in the Lau group, to the east of Viti Levu (main island).
Lots of learning. Missing from the photo is the Peace Corps couple who will follow up and troubleshoot. Following up and trouble-shooting will be necessary …. because one particular problem is that the monthly boat to Moala is not until 10 days after the workshop ends. That means that the foam incubator, the 27 dozen chicks, the rolls of wire for mobile rearing pens … all of that stuff is STILL AT OUR PLACE. And …..
Austin has skipped the country!
Yes! Austin is gone! (for 2 weeks – doing Happy Chicken training, and coral work, in Vanuatu. Remember Iopil and Joel who were here last January, cooking up our myna birds? He is seeing both of them this week and getting them set up with incubators). Anyhow …
Four days before Austin returns we have to get the incubator, 27 dozen chicks, the chicken wire, and TWENTY-SEVEN BAGS OF FEED to the boat in Suva. The thought gives me nightmares. Thank God, Kevin and Carissa (the Peace Corps couple) are coming back to help that happen!
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Two days after the Moala gang left, and while Austin was in Hyper-Mode trying to get everything done before he was to leave …. he did not get the feed to one pen of juveniles quickly enough … and he arrived to see THIS:
Horrors! Cannibal chicks !! The hungry chicks had turned on each other and were going to peck each other to death ! Seven of the chicks had serious injuries. This was new learning for Austin, which I documented with a few photos and which will now be one more piece of information to share in the workshops.
On the bright side – he brought them into the hatchery and put them in a box. The light he had was red – and that turned out to be a great thing. With the red light, they could not see the injuries and they stopped pecking at each other.
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Austin left while we were entertaining lots of Teitei guests – 3 different families. Lucky us ! They were all so wonderful. And on Tuesday, as Austin had predicted, it started raining. Rain! Should be great, right?
Only it was during the rain that our young female dog, Winky, went missing. I haven’t mentioned that she was pregnant, but she was. Very much like Inu – our dear young pregnant dog who died in the bushes a few years ago. Junia hunted that evening most of the next day (still raining) and could not find her.
Learning: young pregnant female dogs avoid older female dogs. (I don’t know why)
She was not in any structure – house, shed, chicken house, porch …. nowhere. And it was cold and raining. Dear God…..
FINALLY … in the late afternoon Ju was asking the dogs to find Winky – and Po finally pointed him in the right direction: Winky had dug herself a hole under a breadfruit tree. This must be what wild dogs do!
Ju had taken food and water to her by the time we went with a camera.
And she finally showed her face.
One of our sweet guests texted Ju to ask if we’d found the dog. On hearing that we had, he wanted a photo. So this close up is for you, Paul.
If you look closely, you can see one pup’s little head and teeny ear.
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Happy week, everybody.
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