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Mama and the Strawberries

14 Aug

The strawberry plants I got this summer are doing well in their pots.  They are making runners, which I’m trying to get started in little pots.

When they are well rooted, I want to separate them from the parent plants and put them in this tower.

By next spring they should be well established and ready to make strawberries.

In the meantime, there’s just a few strawberries on the plants this summer.

Most of them have been fed to Mama Phoenix.

Mama Phoenix

She likes them.

You’ll notice, I’m also letting her out in the barnyard when everyone is out in pasture.  That way she has a bit more room and opportunity to act like a chicken.

She seems to enjoy it.

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Zucchini Season

22 Jul

Zucchini season has really begun now.  I think I’ve had zucchini in some form or another for the last week.

I took yesterday’s picking to my family’s get-together and pawned some off.  My sister forgot to take hers, so that still left me with quite a few.  My ex-brother-in-law’s father said he’d only be interested if it was bread, so…

I am also making the birds happy with the peels and leftover grated zucchini.

Widow goose wasn’t really eating it, but the littles thought it was tasty.  She was just making sure the chickens left them alone.

Nugget called all the hens to eat.

Mama Phoenix does a great job of eating grated zucchini.

She looks so good anymore.  Her color has really improved.

I think she’s getting spoiled between the zucchini and bites of strawberry and worms.

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!