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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.

Harley, Maggie, and Blaze

1 May

I moved Harley and Maggie from the Love Shack to the north paddock so they could have green grass and a little more room.

Maggie and free range hen

Of course, they have to share with the free range hen.  I can’t believe none of the others come out.

Anyhow, Maggie is still thin, but she eats like crazy and acts well.  She’s anemic, but she just got more copper.  I am not sure if it’s just old age and copper deficiency or CAE.  Harley, on the other hand, has a really good weight, but her mobility is getting worse.  She’s struggling to get up.  I’m going to have to call the vet to see if they can check her front foot and see if they can help her.

Harley

I’m pretty sure they are not going to make it through the summer.  Sorry, but that is the sad reality of farming and being a horrible livestock (letting them retire).  Blaze is also up here.  I had to do some touchup on her foot, and I’m hoping it feels better.  If not, I’ll have to call the vet and see if they can fix it.

Blaze

I also brought 2TC up with her mom.

2TC

At least she’s doing really well.

Free Ranging

21 May

I love free ranging chickens, but it’s impossible to keep them safe, so my birds are locked in a large area.  Some red lady decided to go free-ranging on her own.

chicken

Oh no! She spotted me.

red hen

chicken

hen

red chicken

Trying to figure out how to get back in

scared chicken jumping

scared by the goose

chicken

Trust me, she was happy to get back into the safety of the coop.

Here’s a couple of bonus birds since the domestic chicken (although not tame) isn’t quite a wild bird.

robin on fence post

robin

robin

robin

bird

Is this a catbird?

Linking to Tuesday MuseRuby Tuesday 2, Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday with Project Alicia, Create With Joy, In the Moment, and Live and Love Out Loud.