We were so ashamed.
I have since confirmed the presence of mites (or are they poultry lice?) with my own eyes, and they are more horrifying than I had imagined. I spent much of today chasing chickens around the yard and dusting their vents with toxic white powder. The good news: no longer a mite to be seen. The grotesque bloodsucking arachnids that were making our chickens tired, feeble, and ill have been vanquished. A follow-up dusting in a week will take care of the babies. The bad news is, I'm going to get cancer from inhaling Permectrin and I don't think I can say our eggs are organic anymore.
I'm all itchy. Farming is gross.
I think you misnamed her. She should be "Roseanna Rosannadanna"!ReplyDelete
I have a chicken question that I can't easily find online. Do chickens have pet dander like dogs and cats? I have allergies to pretty much any animal with fur -- dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs, etc. I get the standard runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing. I'm just wondering if I'd have the same reaction to a pet chicken.ReplyDelete
I don't know. My son is allergic to cats and parrots but does not seem to have any trouble at all with chickens. Perhaps because they are always outside? He spends a lot of time with the chickens, but he is only congested when we let the cat in his bedroom for the night. Are you thinking of getting a chicken? Did you read Susan Orlean's New Yorker story?
I'm sending hubby to the library today to check out the New Yorker article. I think I'm a little bit crazy to even consider a chicken. I'm already potty training a toddler; I really don't need more poop around the house. We went to the Children's Book Festival this weekend. They had a petting zoo with the cutest white silkies. Now I really want a silkie (or three). I'd given up all cuddling of furry animals. Perhaps this is my chance.ReplyDelete
I love white silkies. We do not have one, but they are beautiful. Good luck.ReplyDelete