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~~~Pecking Order~~~

~~~Pecking Order~~~

In the mornings (before the outside temperature gets too warm), I open up the doors to get fresh air circulating through the house. As we get closer to summer, that routine will be stopped because the heat will always be too high.  There just won’t be a cool time at any point in the day. But while the front door was recently open…..and we were taking advantage of the morning coolness……. …..I was able to hear a rooster smack-down starting…

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~Home From The Fair~

~Home From The Fair~

We showed chickens at the Florida State Fair…..again… But, we’re home now… Phew… I can take a breath…….and put my feet up… Prior to the Fair…..I finally bought one of those garden wagons……. …..the type with removable sides……. …..and voila……. …..you have a little, flat-bed on pneumatic tires……. …..how did we EVER live without this adult-version of a child’s Radio Flyer? ***What’s A Radio Flyer?      Well, Here You Go…*** (my daughters’ Radio Flyer (from their youth) is now…

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Sometimes The Crows Win…….And Sometimes It’s Me…

Sometimes The Crows Win…….And Sometimes It’s Me…

I know why a flock of crows is called a murder of crows… We do battle daily… Me versus the crows… It’s actually pretty sad that I’m posting about my negative, social interactions with residential birds… One would expect there are more important things to write about rather than honing in on my personal conflict with regional birds… Nah…………. …..I got nothin’ better… Actually it’s just one crow in specific… (At times like this I realize I’ve stayed in the…

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~~~Alex~~~

~~~Alex~~~

It’s a beautiful morning… The sun is just coming up… There’s still a mist rising up and a haze settling in… It’s a Florida summer, so there’s moisture dripping from every opportunity… It’s still not intolerably hot out there…….but you know it will to be shortly… I love when the assortment of birds wake up and get going with their daily business……….they fly here or there……….all having their morning chatter about what’s on the agenda for their day… …All Except…

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Yard Work…….

Yard Work…….

  It’s Hurricane Season…………………….again…..(sigh)…     Yes it is……..   There’s no denying it.     We have a big “yard” to keep up with.     A couple days ago, I tried to crank up “Ole Sparky” (I do every month)………. …..and “Ole Sparky” just spluttered and spit… The usual suspects were ruled out… The battery was still good/chargeable/and holding a charge… The starter was okay. The fuel was just fine and not gooey   The chickens do like…

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Where Have All The Eggs Gone?…

Where Have All The Eggs Gone?…

  We have a ten compartment laying box for all the hens in our chicken coop. It’s old, but it functions.   I’ve got comfortable/astro-turf bases for each of the compartments     There’s an upper level and a lower level……. ………each with a full-length perch running along the outside from end to end for easy…………well…………perching…   Their nesting/laying boxes are safely & securely attached to the wall on the inside of their coop. It’s cooler in there… It’s safer…

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Barred Owls vs. Swamp Hag

Barred Owls vs. Swamp Hag

  A true story……….(aren’t they all?) So I wasn’t very successful hatching out the passel of eggs that I was trying to incubate recently… I’m not taking full responsibility for the lack of chicks or ducklings…   I’ve gotten better at candling. For the most part, these boogers weren’t fertile……………..?   Come on, guys!                I’ve done my part! The rest is up to you! Do I need to put up Health Department posters?…

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Baby Ducks; Baby Chickens; Baby Rabbits

Baby Ducks; Baby Chickens; Baby Rabbits

  It’s Spring Time! No baby goats……………that means our fences are working…!!! After Hurricane Irma’s deluge of baby goats five months later (goat gestation)——-I’m glad to see that our fence is finally in good repair (for the moment). I need a break from baby goats. Itty-bitty, cavorting butt-heads. I’ve got the main incubator churning away in the dining room.  I have the secondary incubator set up & ready to go as a drying box at the end of the kitchen…

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Stacking the Chicken Deck…….(or how to win big bucks @ next years Florida State Fair)

Stacking the Chicken Deck…….(or how to win big bucks @ next years Florida State Fair)

  I’m perusing the poultry web-sites… I’m checking chicken mail-order catalogs…   This IS the time of year to start prepping for next year’s Poultry Show at the Florida State Fair.   My younger daughter got her prize money winnings for her Best of Breed Blue-Laced Red Wyandotte hen———she won $5.00… …………………………………………….Woot!  Woot!………………………………………………   Simone should have received her prize money check in the mail by now for her Rooster “Rex”.  She either got $3.00 or maybe even a whopping…

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Multi-Purpose Horse Trailer & Chick Hatchery

Multi-Purpose Horse Trailer & Chick Hatchery

  The Speckled Sussex hen is at it again… She has successfully laid a clutch of eggs and has sat on said nest for about twenty-one days and now has a cute little brood of yellow & brown cotton-ball-shaped chicks running around the inside of my horse trailer… It’s a safe place for them…     Well not totally safe, but better than a lot of places…   What the hen didn’t think about…………………………was what to feed them after they…

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