I have a little "road" from the big hilly pasture that goes right up into the barn. A few years ago when I bought this place, it was mostly gravel, but now it is almost all dirt and thus it erodes and slides down the hill, along with myself when it's muddy. Wheee! So on days I have to dress up and leave the house, it is a conundrum - get dressed in good clothes immediately after waking/showering? Which is my habit, but risks a plop in the mud on my backside. Or, get dressed once in the am with farm work clothes, then feed the critters, then get dressed AGAIN in my good clothes. Hmmm....
Or, the boyfriend offers his wallet, trailer, shovel and himself as a grunt to help turn the road back into gravel! What a sweetie!
The pasture road is VERY steep in the middle section. We couldn't even get the trailer up it without bottoming out and the truck spinning tires in the mud. So, we decided to just DO the steep section where I have the most chance of slipping when it's muddy.
shoveling gravel is HARD work!
Above is the view from the top after we did about half.
View from the bottom. Well, from the middle actually. It covers enough that walking down it is much faster now and MUCH less precarious! Yay! We will probably do the next section soon. Or not LOL
So now that we have new babies, I had to come up with a name for the first round of babies this year - from the feed store, all Ameraucanas - to differentiate them. These were born the first day of March, 2017, roughly. They were a week old already when I brought them home, but other than being confused about why she had babies so quickly, the broody hen sitting on the nest gladly took over the job of raising them for me. Yay, except that now these 5 babies (er, almost adults now) are terrified of me and if I approach then, they run, screaming hysterically.
This is a problem at night because with the exception of Cheeks, they refuse to roost ON the roost with the other hens (who were born first week of April, 2016, and don't like these newbies and let them know they are lowest of the low in the flock hierarchy) so they roost IN the nesting boxes that hardly anybody uses for actually laying eggs in. So when I'm poking around in the nesting boxes and under them, where most of the eggs are laid, they are flapping and crying and generally freaking out. Silly nitwits.
But, annoying as all of that is, they are wonderfully unique in feather colors and patterns. Which of course I don't have many pictures of yet, oops. Before they were moved to the big coop with the rest of the flock, they spent a few weeks without mamma hen, cuddling together on the hayloft stair at night. Pretty cute.
Top left to right: Cheeks (Cheeks II, to be exact) and Alexa
Bottom left to right: Sunrise, Cheese (facing the opposite direction of all the rest. So typically Cheese), and Bandit
Now that they are semi-integrated into the flock, they do all still hang out together almost exclusively during the day, doing their own thing in their own group. Teenage clique!
(repeat photo from last post)
Cheese is named for how much her face resembled Cheese from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends when she was younger ;) Love that crazy show! Will add more pix of the other babies soon.
After last summer's heat wave + drought, I was worried my new berry bushes didn't get enough manual watering. But last week I found new growth on the blueberry bush and yesterday, a little tendril peeking out from the old canes on one of the raspberrys! Yay!
It's odd how they all look so different but are all supposed to be Ameracaunas. I hope they all still look different when they grow up! Then they can have real names instead of Bandit I and Bandit II :)
One (or some?) keep finding new ways to get out of the barn, then crying piteously to get back with sisters and mama. I hope the rest of the flock doesn't hurt them if they keep getting out to explore!
The yellow baby I have named Alexa, so far the others are Bandit and Smudger (I and II).
I had a broody hen for over a week, she was very devoted to the idea. So I bought 5 Ameracauna chicks (colored eggs in fall! yippee!) from the feed store and slipped a couple under her wings each night. She adopted them without a murmur and seems quite proud of herself ROFL! They are so adorable, even more so when I don't have to stress out about if they are warm enough or is that heat lamp gonna fall....
Trying to live sustainably in my new tiny hobby farm in the Appalachia foothills... 2 donkeys,lotsa chickens, a dog and a cat. And a 4-wheeler WHEEE! Goats are next once we get more goat-proof fencing LOL! Also some bits of cooking, political commentary, and microbiology. Varied interests make for an intriguing mind :)