Tag Archives: birds

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.

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Llamas in the Mist

28 Oct

Saturday morning started out quite dark and foggy.

I swear every starling in the county had gathered in my trees to squawk.  It was like a scene from a Hitchcock movie.

I much prefer the llamas in the mist.

Or just the pasture blanketed in fog.

goats on the bottom

It was beautiful!  And then the fog lifted.

It was a perfect fall day!

Outside My Window

25 Oct

It’s getting to be that time of year when I enjoy watching the wildlife outside my window.

blue jay in the crabapple tree

I dearly wish Sky wouldn’t try to kill everything I’d like to feed there.

Sky

I don’t think that is something he’ll ever outgrow though.

red-bellied woodpecker

I need to find someplace outside my fence that I can feed them.

Squirrel eating acorns

Even if they’ll be too far away to photograph because, as you can see, the pictures are none too good through my dirty window anyhow.