March Madness? You betcha - but not what you think lol

By: Rotty3 , 10:58 PM GMT on March 18, 2012

Although it's not the same as what one would consider USUALLY "March Madness" i.e. that whole basketball game stuff.
Admittedly, I don't watch TV (don't have cable or satellite although I still have a big 15+ year ol' TV sitting around collecting mostly dust and wondering if it gets ever used again), so I'm not getting much into the sports stuff.

And of course, this was THE madness month for me. Started w/ waiting for the "storm" in form of the defense on the 12th. It promptly came on the 5th w/ the major prof sending me 459 comments with a note that at the time read (between the lines), fix or you won't pass for sure! So, I did fix 'em ... all of them, yup ... finished on the 11th (Sunday) in the late afternoon.

On Friday 02 March, got email from lawyers that they needed me to allow a building inspection prior to the mediation date (which I thankfully had set AFTER the defense date). So, the day after those 459 comments, I went and had building inspector show up (promptly wasting about 4 hours).

The next Friday, i.e. Friday before the defense, Miss Sharpy looked bloated. I kinda freaked. Lost already 3 dogs to bloat, so after rushing to feed horses, I scooped her up, rushed her to the vet and made it back to work about an hour late (vet is 50 miles from home and about 25 miles from work). Thankfully I have a great boss. :)

She's fine, although the vet suggested to do some ultrasound to see why her guts are pushed aside. At this point, I'm weighing the options of doing the u/s which will probably result in a surgical exploration of anything found (xrays showed "something" but vet couldn't tell WHAT) or waiting and letting things progress. We have dropped the prednisone from 40 mg to 20 mg now and the bloaty look seems a little less, so I HOPE it's from the preds.

The reason I'm not jumping to the u/s option is that in the past I tended to lose any dog about 3 - 4 months post surgery (for whatever type surgery). Any anesthesia of older dogs seemed to have resulted in losing said canine. With her having had the surgery end of December to remove that massive mast cell tumor (which is gone now), I am very reluctant to put her under another full anesthesia for an abdominal surgery. Plus, IF I get to go see my Mom, I hate for someone to watch the critters to have to hand walk her the whole time I'm gone. So it's a toss up right now. Wished I had a crystal ball...

The defense, as I already posted, came and went and I passed on the first try. Whew. There is no guarantee that one passes these things -- the signature page form has boxes for PASS, FAIL and RETEST...

The final written opus (with the new modifications based on smaller spacing per new rules) still is 350 pages long... would have been 435 w/ the old margins and spacings.

So, this weekend I finished the (obligatory and VERY normal) revisions and will send the file in a few to the committee for final approval (no, at this stage they don't retract that "pass" whew!). This gives the committee a chance to look the writing over one last time, make final changes (if they are so inclined) and then it goes to be published (well, sorta... I rejected that, so you won't see it out there. I'm so over this, I can't even begin to detail the reasons. Let's just say, I'm so glad it is OVER!).

Finally I get to go to another horse show again (coming weekend), although with only 3 rides in the past 6 weeks, I decided to "just" work there but not show actively. No sense in wasting money on entry, diesel (which is heading for four and quarter / gallon) and then come back with poor scores. Rather get prepared and then show.

Oh yea, and then there was the lawsuit mediation. I spent all day Tuesday putting a huge folder together. Although it wasn't complete by any stretch of the imagination, I got 2 inches of papers in one single place. Most of the stuff was there.

Pretty much went as expected: we (lawyers and myself) detailed the problems, the reasons for why the contractor got fired (oh yea, three years to the day today) and put forth a number.

The opposite side said, nada, zip, zilch, and that contractor didn't do anything wrong though he took 3 months and didn't complete what I was able to finish in under 5 weeks while working full time and doing the school stuff. He still had about 60% of the interior work to complete, including purchase of appliances for which he had already received money.

So, now that case goes to trial next month. Jury trial that is. Keep fingers crossed. The hardest part will be to actually collect the $$$... but, I worry about that AFTER the verdict has been handed down. For now, I'm confident I can make a good case and that's all I can do.

Weather has been as crazy as this month had been. Troy AL where a friend of mine used to live, had a record HIGH of plus 84F (around here we tied a few record 87F temps lately), while a small place in AK (Bethel, AK) had a record LOW of minus 23F. Incredible span of temps!

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8. Ylee
5:30 AM GMT on March 28, 2012
I saw you on Joe's blog the other day, but I thought I'd check in here and see how you're doing!

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7. Rotty3
12:59 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Thank you H2BR. Yes, I think I've got the nasty spirochetes out of my system. Still a bit tired from the antibiotics (normal for me), but getting back to more normal lol.

trauma: Thanks for the info on the birds. I wondered if I had done something wrong, but it seems, that's a relative common occurence among chicken owners.

Here's a cool (literally) picture from NASA's Earth Observatory =77461&src=eorss-iotd: /77000/77461/beringsea_amo_2012079.jpg
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6. traumaboyy
1:28 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
Glad Miss Sharpy is doing well Rotty!! No idea on the bird.....Like I said before....I have had chickies just die every since I have had them. Never figure out what got them. Not every day for sure and not always under same circumstances but I have no idea why this is the case.

Hope things are starting to slow down for ya!!
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5. happytoberetired
2:23 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Rotty, glad u held onto your plan for at least 3 weeks of antibiotic. We lived for 21 years in NJ and I saw plenty of bad Lyme disease there, some of it tragic. Hopefully you will be clear of it now!!!
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4. Rotty3
1:32 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
I'm so sorry you lost your sweet roo, calpoppy. He sounds like he was a nice boy.

Wished I could send you my Delaware boy so you'd have another roo, but he's loud and big (think 10 lbs). Probably not what you want lol. He is okay, not one I have too much interaction though.

It sounds like your roo and my hen had the same situation... just dropped off the roost bar :(

Yea, I think I like the RI Reds. The local TSC carries sex-linked bitties, but I don't know what color they will be (or which of the million crosses). I can get some bitties from another feed store and they order only 25 - 50 of a particular breed type, so I can pick what I want. Just have to find out if they let me take 4. Don't want to overcrowd.

Main reason for me to get more is b/c I have more demand from buyers than I have eggs lately... hard time to get enough eggs to just satisfy demand - not enough for pups and myself suddenly.
So I want a few more hens to make up for the fluctuating egg numbers (8 - 11 out of 12 hens. If they all laid 10 / day that would be fine, but some days I do have as little as 6).

I honestly prefer brown eggs, though my two brown leghorns (who should be egg laying machines too) are usually a combined 10 white eggs / week. My BPRs do better than that...
Still waiting to hear back on the possibility of getting a few adult laying hens from someone in the other dept. That would even be better lol.
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3. calpoppy
1:13 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
Hi Rotty! Don't know exactly what happened to your hen. Usually when they get egg bound you see the symptoms before they die.

We just lost our roo a couple of weeks ago. He was fine in the morning, crowing on a hay bale, then I found him dead in the corner of the coop when I got home from work. Now I am looking for a short roo, maybe a Silkie. I have a pet Silkie and her daughter which is Silkie/Patridge Cochin. Rio was the sweetest roo ever, and I will sure miss him.

I love the RIR, they are egg laying machines! So are the sex links. I have the Golden Comets which are sex links and I love them. Not a big hen but they lay jumbo sized brown eggs. Their feed to egg ratio is excellent! My RIR are crossed with Wellsummers. Their eggs are a darker brown.

You have a lot going on, but you sound like you handle it really well!!!!

This is why I love WU, you meet the most interesting people here!!!!
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2. Rotty3
5:33 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Hey Ylee, I hope that's not "downhill" in other ways lol.

But I agree, the tough gets going when the going gets tough and that's what I've always done. So we shall see how things go next month.

Tick bite: yes, off the 21 day course of Doxy which was requested by ME--doc wanted to do a week only. But I have a friend w/ Lyme who has done an amazing amount of research (for a non-academic person) and all research points to doing 21 or even 30 days.

Miss Sharpy is doing well so far. Little less of a vacuum when it comes to food time. And the blanket is still in one piece. On top, she looks a little less bloaty. So we'll see how things go the next few days...

I realized, I missed one point... the sad part is that the Chickie was doing so well, despite the extent of the pecking injuries sustained last month. Had been healing fine in my big ol' 48" wire crate inside the house. Even sprouted new feathers over the back where the massive injuries had occurred. Even laid an egg on Thursday morning (a bit water balloon-y, but an egg -- first since removal day about 4 weeks prior).
And then, bam... Friday morning when I left, she was fine. Friday night I came home and she was belly up, dead as a door nail. :( No outward sign of any trauma, any infection or anything else. No idea what caused her demise.

calpoppy or trauma ... any ideas?
I'm hoping to add maybe 4 Rhode Island Reds or BPRs (feed store) or Sex-Linked Reds from TSC to the two areas in the near future.

That is, unless one of the people in another dept. here will let me have some of their excessive (already laying well) hens. But I'm a bit reluctant on adding adult birds to the mix. Any thoughts? Any definitely dos or don'ts?

Right now, the intention is to do 2 in each of the two areas, but I may end up doing 3 in the larger and 2 in the smaller area - after the Delaware roo comes to roost (temporarily?) w/ trauma in the near future.

Total egg count right now is nearing 2050. Not bad for not even a year since the bitties came here (14 April 2011).

Time will tell though... we'll see how things go. :)

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1. Ylee
3:03 AM GMT on March 19, 2012
Rotty, I think you've finally crested the hill, and are now started going downhill! I think the mindset that carried you through the defense will help you in court! I'm hoping the contractor doesn't declare bankruptcy, close up shop, and start another business with a different name!

Sounds like you and the vet made the right call on cutting Sharpy's meds! Continued healing vibes her way, and to you! Are you getting over the tick bite yet?

Take care; we're all rooting for you!
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