Bird Babies

A few weeks back Addie came to me with an announcement.  “There is a bird’s nest in my fort!”  This was followed by a similar exclamation of “There are THREE eggs!”  Then there were 5 eggs and 2 days ago Addie came back into the house, breathless, gasping “There are BIRDS and they are doing…

To Make a Scarecrow

I’ve wanted, for most of my life, to make a scarecrow.  So, at the ripe old age of 32 I finally realized my dream.  Upon completion we sat together on the porch for awhile and when I finally decided to go inside I caught a glimpse of my recent creation out of the corner of…

So long Summer……

 The last hay cutting sends a beloved message to my soul, a message that autumn is here with winter nipping at its heels.  Hailing in fallen leaves, crisp mornings and cool nights with scents of smouldering pine lingering in the air.  The fields, dotted with square and round treasures, are silent.  Leaning against a freshly…

About Time

Ladies and Gentlemen (I love that word by the way ‘gentlemen’)…..Ladies and Gentlemen!  It has taken 6 months but I am happy to announce the girls are in full swing!  Now, who would like an omelet? Have a great weekend y’all!  

Stressed vs Relaxed

Whilst prancing in and out of the house over the course of an afternoon I noticed, on the 28th trip inside, that Agent had not moved in approximately 6 hours, 33 minutes and 5 seconds.  I considered thumping him gently to make sure there was still life present but upon closer inspection I saw he…

The Enemy

I have found chicken keeping to be therapeutic, relaxing, rewarding and fruitful.  Except for those times I find it tragic, frantic, exasperating and somewhat pointless.  I enjoyed a mix of these latter emotions over the weekend. Let’s start with pointless. While mowing the yard Rob found this nest under the propane tank.  I have two…

Toad

If I had any ambitions leaning in the direction of toad farmer, this would have been my year.  There has been a bumper crop of toads this year.  I can hardly go out after dark for fear of squishing one, they appear like little hopping rocks all around the back porch, barn and kitchen.  Addie…

Meet the Flock~Part Ten

Normally I am very keen on knowing exactly what breeds I have in my flock.  Not that I’m concerned about genetics, no, any and all chicks that hatch on my little plot are bound to be Heinz 57.  I just like to know so when people come over I can say “Oh, look!  There is…

C.I. ~ Chicken Intelligence

Some folks say “Chicken Brained” as if it were an insult.  I happen to think chickens have quick albeit small minds with a remarkable ability to recall people, facts and sounds.  Please don’t take me to be one of “those” animal people who go off the deep-end on such subjects.  No, I think I keep…