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Happy Birds

8 Jun

Look!  I really do give the geese nice clean cool water.

It’s just that they get it dirty so fast I can hardly ever get photographic evidence.

They do enjoy the pool. Of course, they also enjoy the old dirty water I dump out of the pool.

I have all the doors and windows in their section of the barn that I can opened to help let a breeze through.

One of the new little hens is enjoying a real dirt bath.  She doesn’t have to do that in the food anymore.

Of course, the free range chicken is happy with her freedom.  Seriously, I can’t figure out why she’s the only one who comes out.

Since we turned so hot so quickly, I also brought out a gallon of frozen tomatoes for them.

At the end of the season last year I was so sick of tomatoes that I just froze several gallons so the birds could have a cold treat on hot days.

They seem to appreciate it.  Luckily, after today, we’re supposed to have more seasonal temperatures.

A Tough Transition

31 May

I got my new chicks on March 31st when they were just tiny babies.

the day they came home

They started in the soap room, but it was not too long before they moved into the garage.

getting big

Well, they are big girls now, and I really needed to get them moved to the barn with the rest of the birds.  I started by putting them in the pen overnight.

It was quite traumatic.  They spent days cowering and hiding and wondering what the heck I had done to them.

Luckily all my older chickens have been really good to them.

the rest of the chickens except the one who was in the nest box

Nugget and one of the hens taking a dust bath

They have to be a little careful of the geese because the geese are a little naughty to everyone.

(we’ve had rain every day this week, hence all the mud)

Finally, they are figuring it out.  I’ve never had such a traumatic move for chickens before.

Poor girls.

Kids and Geese

14 Apr

Saturday morning, I noticed that I wasn’t tripping over Popcorn while I was checking Cinnamon.  I dared to hope that meant he had joined the rest of the herd and went to pasture.  I thought I better check.  Besides, I had my camera and wanted to see if I could photograph the Canada geese I’d been hearing all morning.

Unfortunately, the three kids that got left up in the barnyard decided I would be good to follow out to pasture to find their maas.

Brutus, 2TC, and Bronc

Of course, Blaze and Gidget were answering their kids and it was loud and crazy and the kids took off for their moms.

Blaze, kids, Reva, Gidget (meadowlark in the tree)

As a bonus, I got to photograph an eastern meadowlark. They’re back!

Anyhow, back to the story. Please note there were three barriers to reaching their maas–Canada geese, the ditch, and a fence.  The geese were the biggest concern to me because they can be nasty.  They kept a good distance from the one standing on the open bottom.

There were two more sitting closer to the ditch.

The kids’ path took them right by those geese.

Luckily, the birds ignored the kids.  Maybe it’s because I was there too.  Anyhow, they decided to take off.

The kids went right over the ditch.  (Well, these two did; Brutus got his back feet wet.)

2TC and Bronc

Then the kids made it to the fence, and I was right there with them.  As luck would have it, Popcorn was right there, so my mission of checking on him was accomplished.

Popcorn

I caught each of the other kids and dumped them on the other side of the fence.

Gidget with Brutus and Bronc; Popcorn in the middle; Blaze and 2TC in back

Poor Popcorn looked disappointed that I wasn’t joining him or that I didn’t bring him a bottle.

They all made it back to the barnyard safely though.