The kittens now have names.
Sam does not like hands. He does not like to be petted nor picked up. He will, however, climb into our laps and purr, or sleep on our feet. He loves to play and has amazing stamina! He loves to lick and gives everyone excellent baths.
Katy. I know, I've already had a Katy and I still miss her dearly. But as much as I tried to come up with a new name for our new girl kitten, I kept calling her Katy, so Katy it is. Katy is friendly and affectionate. She loves to be petted and readily jumps into any available lap to purr. She loves to play too, but poops out more quickly than Sam.
The keets are now almost 7 weeks old. They still "peep, peep," but on occasion sound like the rusty hinges on an old screen door. In order to imprint "home" on them (as in where to roost at night), they are still confined to the buck barn. It is so tempting to want to let them out. I find them congregating by the door, looking longingly at the great outdoors, knowing they have a mission out there. Yet, I'm heeding the advice of those who have gone before, and keeping them in their permanent quarters for at least six weeks. I fear that if I don't, they will never come in to roost, and considering that we recently lost a young chicken who was roosting at night in a cedar tree, I'm motivated to see this through. (We suspect the culprit was an opossum.)
|They love their mirror|
The keets love their mirror and also love their millet. I keep some handy in an old Parmesan cheese container. Our "training", at this point, consists of me shaking the container and calling "guineaguineaguinea." I then shake a little on the ground and step back. I'm hoping that they will learn to come for their treat, so that I can get a head count at least once a day. If I sprinkle the millet inside the buck barn in the evening, then hopefully I can get them in for the night. Besides possums and raccoons, we have owls I'd like to keep them safe from.
I plan to start letting them out in about two weeks. They'll be 8 weeks old and will have spent 6 weeks in their permanent home. Hopefully, that will be enough.
Kittens & Keets, An Update © September 2013