Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Many Thanks to you All

We are so grateful to all of you for all of your wonderful comments. 
You must understand that we did not make this decision to move lightly.  We 
moved here thinking this would be our forever home. 

We have loved living here. 

That said... let's go on to today's pictures...

Our friend is back.  

I finally let the ducks loose... and so far, he has not decided on duck dinner. 

To say that they were excited would be putting it mildly.  I put their water fortex down in the pasture and filled it... and immediately they all tried to get in at once.  Now... mind you... they had a deep one in the henhouse the last three days. 

This is what the flat feeder looks like after the starlings are finished. 

The ground around under neath it... where I have shown you all the birds feeding, 
has been picked through down to a depth of about two inches.  The birds 
have eaten EVERY bit of seed that has fallen for months. 
The ground is now just black dirt. 

We will NOT be doing this at the new house.  I am going back to a nice 
hanging feeder (with good perches for the birds), a nyjer feeder, and a suet 

Oh... and a hummingbird feeder, just in case. 

I stopped today at the feed store and got another bag of wild bird seed, 
but I got the absolute cheapest they had... I went through 80 pounds in 
four days. 

Abby, my velcro Farm Assistant.  She was also so glad to be outside. 

These three are ready for some green, too. 

Are they the sweetest things?  How can you look at those faces and not like them? 

Big Mama Delilah was comfortable in the hay I had dumped out of their trough.  What more could you ask for? 

This is not a dead chicken.  This is Buffy, sleeping last night 
in the bottom of the antique nest box in the old henhouse. 
Buffy is going with us to the new house.  So is the antique nest box, which I actually bought in an antique store.  It was never popular with the hens, so it is going to be cleaned up, waxed, and go into the new house as a bookcase.  Or something. (Keith). 

She has to have her beak trimmed so often.. we just 
don't trust anyone to do it, and how can you turn your back on a chicken that is six years old and giving you a beautiful white egg every other day? 

Last night's beautiful sunset.  This is the kind of thing that has made it so worth it these last nine years. 


  1. Now I know where all our grass has gone under our feeders...I never thought about the starlings eating it!!! I love that picture of your little goats and abs.
    stella rose and momma

  2. I'm sure you're too big-hearted to use them, but they do make starling traps, or you can make your own.

  3. Your view there is wonderful. I love the sunset it is just beautiful.

  4. it sure sounds like you have given this so much thought. it will be great to be on the journey with you my friend!

  5. The sunset is beautfful-- and all the goaty photos. Buffy needs to pack her suitcase for the move!

  6. We have a mesh type feeder for sunflower seeds that is pretty squirrel proof and the birds seem to like it okay. I don't really remember seeing starlings on it. Our regular feeder has adjustable tension on the perch so if bigger birds land on it, it goes closed. It was kind of pricey, but I think it has been worth it. Beautiful sunset. It was so nice to have sun today.

  7. Those pesky starlings will make short work of suet, too, I'm afraid. They've already devoured one I just put out yesterday.
    The goats are so cute! I can get so attached to animals, it must be so hard to have to part with them.
    That is a gorgeous sunset!

  8. I always enjoy the beauty in your pictures.

  9. It has been such a hard winter and we have spent a small fortune feeding the birds. It is worth it to see them here the entire day and hear them singing! Your goats are so sweet and the pictures are wonderful. Thanks for the peek.

  10. I'm glad you are taking Buffy with you.

    Neat idea for the nest box. Can't wait to see the final project.


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