Friday’s Farm Fotos

May 14, 2010

It’s been a while since I did a post with an assortment of pictures I’ve taken around the farm during the week. So here we go, pictures from our house to yours, and in the order I took them this week.

First up, a couple of flower pictures after a rainstorm. . .

bloom of Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

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pale pink rose

Dr. W. Van Fleet climbing rose

Inside, there’s the ever rascally African Grey Parrot. . .

"What's down there I want to play with?"

The azaelas in the front flower bed are blooming.  I still think it’s strange to have azaelas and roses, for instance, blooming at the same time, but that’s the south for you.

Azaelas Autumn Sangria (left) and Autumn Twist (right)

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Azaela Autumn Debutante

Here are some chickens in the front yard.  They’ve made a dust bath out of a hole left behind after digging out a tree stump.

Chickens, sunshine, and dust bath!

Of course, on these hot southern days, not only is a dust bath nice, but getting a drink from the bird bath is pretty good too.  (Notice all the BATHing going on?)

Ahhhh, cool water on a hot day!

Never mind there are several places for them to drink, them seem to think the bird bath is for them too.  So I guess it is by default!

Out in the back pasture, there is lots of white clover blooming. . .

White clover (Trifolium repens)

As Emeril Lagasse is fond of saying, “Wish we had smell-o-vision!”  All that clover sure puts a wonderfully sweet fragrance in the air.  It’s lovely.

I noticed we have birds nesting on the front porch again this year.  The babies look like they ought to be ready to fly soon.

"Are you lookin' at me?"

Remember I mentioned azaleas and roses blooming at the same time?  Here’s another rose in full bloom.  It’s a rambling rose climbing up into a big oak tree beside the end of our driveway.

Paul's Himalayan musk rambling rose

Oh yes, and yesterday The Farmer did some more tilling in his garden.  He’s going to plant watermelons in the rest of the space.

Spaces marked out to plant watermelon.

Last night I saw a bunch of birds going singly and in small groups to go nest for the night in the woods.  I couldn’t see real clearly, but I suspect it was a murder of crows heading for their roosting spot.

Flying off to be murder. . .

I don’t know why a group of crows is called a murder, but like those birds, it’s time to end this and fly off!

Goodbye Roosters!

April 6, 2010

We had a bunch of roosters running around here by the end of last summer.  We’ve been gradually gathering them up and putting them in a pen by themselves.  Our method is to wait until they go to roost at night, then I shine a light in their eyes to kind of blind them while The Farmer sneaks up and grabs them by the legs.

This works if he gets the legs.  It’s not so good if he misses and gets feathers.  We have a couple of bob-tailed roosters running around from the latest round-up. . . all those tail feathers just came off in his hands.

I advertised and had a guy come to pick up the roosters this past Saturday morning.  He wanted 12.  We had more than 12 in the pen.  But then we noticed one of them wasn’t a rooster.  Yikes!  It is not good to be the only hen in a pen full of roosters!

However, in the process of trying to catch her and let her out, one of the roosters darted past us both on his way to freedom.  sigh. . .

Well, there were still 12 roosters left.  When the guy came The Farmer went in the pen and started catching the roosters, handing them to me, and then I chunked them in the cage.  The guy was supposed to slap the lid shut.  The first one he didn’t do fast enough and the rooster flew out.

And now there were 11. . .

We finally got those 11 caught and in the cage.

Two farmers looking over a bunch of roosters.

Two Farmer surveying their handiwork.

After admiring our peafowl and other critters, the other farmer headed out with his cage full of 12-1=11 roosters.

Red roosters and white roosters ready to leave in a cage.

11 roosters ready to depart

I was not sorry to see them go.  They were pretty, but other than being ornamental, they were a nuisance.  Too much testosterone of the farm.

Good-bye Roosters!

There’s still half a dozen here, so maybe this weekend we’ll do another rooster round-up!

Rooster Take-Off

April 5, 2010

I looked out this morning to see one of the roosters getting ready to jump from the top of a gate. . .

Reddish gold rooster jumping off gate.

"Ready, set, go!"

Usually they run through a hole in the fence, but the roosters like to sit up on the gates to crow.  That means eventually it’s time to jump off!

Guinea Fowl Bird Feeder

April 1, 2010

The chickens and guineas like to gather under the wild bird feeders because some of the little birds knock a lot of seed out. The house sparrows are especially bad at throwing out a bunch of seed when they’re getting something to eat.

Once in a while both the chickens and guineas are there, but more often they take turns.  Sometimes it’s the chickens. . .

Roosters and hens under bird feeder.

"It's manna from heaven!"

And sometimes it’s the guineas.

And sometimes one of the guineas gets impatient, and wants more seed RIGHT NOW!!!  So he takes matters into his own … wings?  beak?
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If the seed isn’t falling fast enough, I guess you give the feeder a little bump and it spills out quicker.  Seed on demand as it were.

There’s always one smart aleck in the bunch.

New Garden Bed

March 29, 2010

A while back I mentioned in passing to The Farmer that I’d like to plant a few tomatoes and peppers this year.  Notice I said a FEW.

Well, he finally got his now repaired tiller back, and a pretty spring day, so Saturday he was out tilling up a new garden bed.  Yeah, there had been a garden there in times past, but it was so overgrown with grass it might as well have been the first time to till it.

You can see what I mean in this picture when you look at the parts that are NOT tilled!

Tilling up a new garden bed

Turning a grassy area into a garden bed.

Almost as soon as he quit tilling, the guinea fowl and chickens moved in to scratch around in the fresh dirt and look for bugs and worms.

It was a windy day, so there’s a lot of noise on the video. . .

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The guineas thought it was neat to lay around and take dust baths while pecking in the dirt for bugs.

Guinea fowl in garden area.

Guineas in the Garden

The hens and roosters enjoyed scratching around in the dirt seeing what tasty morsels they could find.

Hens and Roosters in the garden.

"See anything tasty?"

The Farmer took a rest from his labors, and of course Toby the Farm Collie took advantage of that to see if he could get some extra pets.

The Farmer petting his dog.

"Pet me please!"

I’m thinking he needs to rest after tilling up such a huge space for a FEW tomato and pepper plants!