Friday’s Farm Fotos

November 6, 2009

Another Friday, and I think I’ll share some of the pictures I took around the farm this week to make it another Friday’s Farm Foto’s Day!

This first one is of Samson, our male llama, out in the main pasture grazing.

Male llama, Samson, grazing.

All the animals seem to enjoy the medium length grasses in the main pasture, although the llamas like to browse the taller weeds along the fenceline too.

However, they don’t stay there all the time.  They have a routine, and part of the day the sheep and llamas and goat are in the back yard.  This particular picture is of one of our shyer Shetland sheep, Valrhona.

Shetland Sheep: our ewe, Valhrona.

Of course, our farm collie, Toby, can be found in the backyard almost any time, along with some chickens, plus the peacocks and peahens in their pen.

Toby, American Working Farmcollie

The signs of fall are everywhere, but when the sun shines just right on some of the trees along the edges of the bottom pasture, the leaves glint and make it look like the trees are full of white blossoms. I did a double take the first time I saw it. After all, it’s not time for trees to be in bloom!

Bbottom Pasture at Kings Keep Farm

Except, of course, the camellia is still blooming. Some of the blossoms look pretty ragged, but I don’t think this Grandaddy Long Legs minds.

Grandaddy Long Legs on Camellia bloom.

Did you know that these critters, also called harvestmen, aren’t really spiders?  They may look like one, but the biggest difference is that spiders have two body segments, whereas a Granddaddy Long Legs has an oval body that is only ONE segment. They also do not produce silk or a web, so turns out they are not true spiders.

The ferns back in the woods are still nice and green, but then, they stay pretty green all winter.

Ferns in woods on Kings Keep Farm.

The creeks and sloughs are full of colored leaves that have fallen from the trees.

Colored leaves floating on water.

Meanwhile, when the sun warms things up, there’s usually at least one little turtle on the long floating in the pond.

Small turtle on log in pond.

However, they are still very shy, and don’t let people get very close before they plop back down into the water and disappear.

And while our lone wandering white rooster is still AWOL, it seems we may have missed a couple of younger chickens that are roosters.  I looked out our dining room window yesterday and saw at least two roosters fighting.

Roosters fighting.

There was a third one nearby that acted like it might join the fray, but since it never did, I’m not sure if we have 2 or 3 young roosters running loose.

This morning I looked out to see a bunch of squirrels running up and down the fence posts.  This one peered inside a rotten post. . .

Squirrel looking in rotten fence post.

I think he’s wondering if he put any nuts in there.  Maybe I should tell him he’s looking in the wrong direction.

Cause there are some big nuts inside the house!

White Rooster And Red Roosters

November 4, 2009

Every year we have this same dilemma. . . too many roosters.  Now if we were up to turning a live rooster into a dead rooster and all it entails to get one ready to cook, it might not be so bad.

But we aren’t, and that means we always end up with too many roosters come fall.  They start harassing the hens, who have no peace, so it’s time to get catch all these rowdy roosters and pen them up by themselves so we can sell them off.

Now we keep the old rooster, our patriarch.

Old Rooster - Polish Crested

He’s been around a long time, treats his ladies well, and is well-mannered.  So he gets to stay.

But all these young upstarts have to go . . .

White Rooster And Red Roosters

There are 7 red roosters, and 2 white roosters that need to go.  Actually, there are THREE white roosters, but that’s the one that got away.

When we were catching them the other night, he was roosting up in a catalpa tree.  The Farmer used his handy dandy poultry hook to get him down out of the tree, but he didn’t get hold of him tight and away he went.

And he’s STAYED gone.  He hasn’t come in to eat grain with the other chickens and old rooster since he got away.  I guess he’s not taking ANY chances we might catch him and get rid of him!

I think the peafowl sort of wonder why all these noisy creatures have moved in next door.

Red Roosters And Peahens

They’re a handsome bunch of farm roosters, so I hope we can find them a good home.

Farm Roosters On A Perch

Anyone need a rooster (or two or three)???

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