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Crazy Birds

24 May

I have a couple of birds with crazy ideas.  One of my hens has decided to be a free-range chicken.  That’s all fine and dandy until she decides to go into the yard. I’m pretty sure Sky would like to play with her. I’m also pretty sure, she would make a tasty treat for him.  So far, she’s stuck to the barnyard.

Widow Goose has decided to sit on a nest and hatch eggs.

Widow Goose

I worked hard to fish all her eggs out from under the pen where Mama Phoenix is and get rid of them.

Mama Phoenix

It didn’t stop her.  She’s now sitting on a nest beside the pen.  I don’t even know if she has an egg in it now.  I tried telling her that she hasn’t been near a gander in  months and nothing will come of sitting on those eggs, but she doesn’t care.

In case you didn’t figure it out, Mama Phoenix is still eating and doing well.  Don’t ask me how.

Again, I have no reason to share the peacocks, but they are handsome.

Enjoy!

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Egg Overload

13 May

The girls have really kicked the egg production into high gear.

Nugget and ladies

I can’t keep up with them.

I used to use one or two eggs each day for Snickers, but he’s on a canned cat food kick-specifically seafood.

Snickers

I keep forgetting to ask people at work if they’d like a dozen eggs.  Luckily, it’s spring salad time, so I’m making egg salad and every other kind of salad I can think of that takes eggs.  Today it was pea salad.

Mix together and refrigerate:

  • 2 cups frozen peas (mostly thawed)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip (or mayonaise)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. brown mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dill
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Yum!

Odds and Ends

5 May

I took advantage of beautiful weather on Friday evening and Saturday to take lots of pictures for the blog. Nice weather has been hard to come by this spring.

Anubis and Pluto

We had a freeze warning last week, so I checked on the fruit trees.  I’m not sure I’ll have many plums.

The cherries look more promising.

The bleeding hearts looked a bit droopy the morning of the freeze, but they have recovered nicely.

I’m not sure Sky is really sniffing the violets, but I’m going to pretend that’s what he’s so interested in.

Sky

The summer birds are coming back!

Eastern Kingbird

I enjoy hearing them sing.

red winged blackbird

The shagbark hickory buds are opening.

I will admit I was a bit surprised to see a raccoon out in the middle of the afternoon.

I was relieved when I yelled to ask what he was doing and he ran away from me instead of towards me with foam coming out of his mouth.

Nugget and the girls are also enjoying the weather.  They like to come out and scratch in the dirt.

Nugget and some of the hens

The goats like the nice weather too.  John is doing well, even though I weaned him.

John

Blaze is looking much better than she was earlier in the spring.  Pasture has helped her put her weight back on.

Blaze and Trooper

Aurora is enjoying being back with the other girls and the bigger pasture.

Aurora

I have to say, I’m grateful for a couple of nice days because this coming week looks like it’s going to be raining most of the time.

Bob Cat

Bob might be spending a lot of time napping in the barn to stay dry this week.