Fowl Sets of Two

July 26, 2010

Or maybe that’s two sets of fowl…

There are two pale gray keets running around out in the pastures now, besides the original “Chick-or-Keet.”

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Two Gray Guinea Keets (and some siblings)

Strangely enough, the keets seem to shift parents.  I mean, sometimes I’ll look out and see two gray keets with a group of guineas, and then another time they’ll be split up and following a different set of adult guinea fowl.

Only thing I can figure out is they are roosting close together at night, and when they take off in the morning, the same keets aren’t always following the same adults.

Then yesterday morning when I went inside the peafowl pen to put out some more food, two of the peahens were growling at me.

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All four of peahens are sitting on eggs.

The two peahens in the back of the picture were the culprits.  And since they only time I ever hear them growl is when they have chicks, I figured they must have at least one, even if I could see any.

However, later in the afternoon those two hens were out in the aviary, and sure enough, they had a chick.

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Peahen checking on her peachicks

As a matter of fact, they have TWO chicks. . .

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Cute little peachicks!

They scurry around after their mamas, but they also have an adventuresome streak.

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Peachick Duet

I’ve noticed before that peachicks have a tendency to be more curious and range further from their mamas than the baby chickens, or even baby guinea fowl.

And I don’t feel so bad about not getting eggs to hatch in my incubator.  I noticed there are half a dozen eggs still in the nest, though the peahens are still turning them, so I guess they aren’t done.

It should be interesting to see how many peachicks we get.  I’ve never had ALL our peahens sitting on eggs before!

Thursday’s Thoughts: Thinking In Three’s

June 17, 2010

No deep thoughts today. My brain is too tired, ha! So here’s an easy one… thinking in three’s. I mean, if pictures are worth a thousand words, then there’s some serious thinking going on here, right?

This trio of bright orange fungus starting to grow on a rotten tree limb is likely Sulfur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus), also known as “Chicken of the Woods” because it is an edible mushroom that some people think tastes like chicken. (Just once, I’d like to hear someone say, “You know, that tastes like beef.” Or even pork. Just something besides chicken!)

Orange fungus on tree limb.

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This threesome is our older peacock with two of the peahens.

Peacock with two peahens.

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A trio of red roosters… they no longer reside here.  And we still have too many roosters!

Three Red Roosters

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These three trees are in our woods. This is an older picture taken back on a beautiful winter day in December of 2009.

Three Tall Trees

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These blooms, however, are on the plant right now. It’s a big Hosta ‘Blue Angel’.

Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ Blooms

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And finally, 3 blooms on a Chinese Sweetshrub.

Alas, that is not a tree we have growing here.  I took this picture when we were at a local nursery buying vegetable plants.

That’s it for today!  My brain is thinking more along the lines of Tired Thursday than Thinking Thursday, or Thursday’s Thoughts, or whatever.  So we have reached the conclusion of today’s post…

A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.” – Martin Henry Fischer

Even More Fowl Spring

March 8, 2010

The wild birds aren’t the only ones looking for a mate. Our peacocks are also strutting their stuff, trying to catch the lady peahens attention.

Peacock showing off.

Proud as a Peacock

What a lot of people don’t realize is that this pretty boy doesn’t just show off his plumage.  Nope, he also shakes and rattles his feathers, so they sound a lot like maracas.

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The junior peacock also tries to strut around and impress the ladies, but I’m afraid he just hasn’t got enough plumage yet to really “wow” them.

Peacock strutting.

"Darn! I guess size DOES matter."

He’s only a couple of years old, so his feathers don’t match the old dudes.  I’d guess his feathers are only about half as long as the older peacocks.

He’s a cheeky little devil for all that, but the girls still aren’t paying much attention to him.

That’s all right.  His time will come!