My gosh, we are rocketing along in the year!
Northeast Kansas had winter-like weather all the way to the end of
April, and now we are in the middle of summer heat, with temps
in the eighties, and even ninety yesterday on Mother's Day.
Six "started" pullets came home with me from the feed store on
Saturday, and somehow, two little tiny Cayuga ducklings ended up in the order.
"Started" meaning they didn't sell at a day old last week.
I mistakenly called the ducklings Anconas on FB and Insta, because I want
Anconas badly. (they are good egg layers).
Now I will have black and white ducks.... with the big four
You know, these guys.
LOOK AT THAT ORANGE BILL!!!
I am so glad for them, as their bills were totally white when I brought them home.
I am hoping the two little Cayugas are ducks, not drakes, but we shall see.
I must be nuts to take on more tiny babies.
I am nutso about fresh water, and check them numerous times a day.
In fact, I was just out there.
I have tours for the next three mornings, so will be worrying in the back of my mind.
I may put a second water in there for those mornings.
I am still trying to get the rest of the perennials in and cut the saplings OUT... but these girls are NOT HELPING ME.
Yes, Lilly Ann is still with us, too.
I found this four foot long black rat snake out by the
old walnut stump yesterday morning.
I suggested he go over to the hen spa and help me out.
I am hoping he starts working on the prolific mouse population, because I am
still a week away from cleaning the hen house and re-bedding it.
There are just too many tours this week.
The babies are in the brooder on stilts, and I had the guy make it
with hardware cloth instead of poultry wire, so snakes cannot get through.
Last week, I took delivery of a new hen house.
This is the interior.... there is a nest box and a sturdy roost.
It looks huge, but it is actually only 8 x 10, and sits right next
to the hen spa.
If you can believe this, I FORGOT TO HAVE THE GUY CUT A
I need to get it fenced, and then I'll move the babies into it.
I also have a guy who can run some outlets over to it,
for lights and to run a water base in winter.
I am not going to put an elaborate fence around it,
like the hen spa yard, but enough to dissuade the
raccoons. Remember, these are in the yard, not the pasture.
See it sitting next to the hen spa?
See the weeds in the perennial bed???
Still working on them.
This is a Baltimore Oriole on one of the hummingbird feeders.
He tried so hard to get sugar water.
The day I bought the chicks/ducklings, I bought an
oriole feeder and put grape jelly and sugar water in it.
Then I didn't see the oriole for two days.
Just ten minutes ago, when I went out to check the water for the chicks,
the oriole flew off the feeder! Hooray!
I love the wild birds as much as my chickens.
You need to peer at this picture closely. Every morning when I
go to take care of the tweenage chicks in the little red hen house,
I leave the gate to the hen yard open.
This is what I am finding now on a daily basis... the sheep chew
their cuds in the shade of the hen house, see them under there?
Keith would never have dreamed of this, and I am sure he is
laughing at me up in heaven. They are also grazing that yard down, for which I am thankful.
I regularly get closeups on the game camera.
I LOVE these girls and babies.
My neighbors Troy and Kathy told me yesterday that they are
really enjoying sitting out on their deck and seeing the lambs playing in the pasture.
So am I.
Of course, these guys are still around, too. I am about to
foil them, though, as I have found a carpenter to make
the raccoon-proof feral cat feeder for me, and they are going to have to
make do with spillage in the future.
I haven't only been working on the place, though,
I got to go out a week ago to see The Little River Band
who were appearing here locally. Keith and I had seen them five
years ago in Ottawa (and I had seen them several times in the past).
A new member is missing off to the right in this picture, who had a great voice and played
Wayne Nelson has been the lead singer for many years, as the band
transitioned from it's Australian origins to being an all-American band,
but they played the good oldies so very well, and had the whole theater
rocking. If you have a chance to see them, GO.
I end with this picture taken yesterday at the ballpark, where Jax was
playing in a tournament. The coaches of his team made a
presentation to the mothers/grandmothers who were present, the
moms got red roses and a cookie, and grandmas got pink roses.
It was a HUGE surprise, and almost made me cry. As you can
see, the sun was beating down, and I actually had my sun glasses on,
it was hot and humid. Amy was as surprised as I was, and it was a wonderful
gesture on the coaches' part.
I have some good pictures and videos of the setting of the
new hen house, and I'll try to post them this week.
The days are rushing by, I don't know where the year is going.