Friday, April 26, 2013

Fowl Friends

One of the first signs of spring is that the wildlife start pairing up.

In all the neighboring fields there are large flocks of ducks and geese playing the Matchmaker game.

Most of the fields are along the river, which is a prime spot to marry, mate, hatch eggs and raise young'uns.

A little further inland there are huge groups of turkeys gathering on manure piles and looking for any tidbit left behind.  No mating rituals going on yet, at least from what I could see.  of course I think the majority of these turkeys are male.

There were about 80 turkeys in this group and they were very intent on snacking and scratching.

Click on the photos to make them bigger and really feel the manure pile.

Back at my own field I had a bunch of crocus come up and bloom since I had left the house several hours earlier.  Really amazes me how fast these little flowers appear.

And dissapear....   Once the flock finds something, they shred it, eat it or destroy it.

The ducks stampeded through the crocus and squashed them flat.

So I did get to enjoy them for about 9 minutes.

I presently have one hen who seems a bit phobic about being on the ground.
She will only stand on rocks, the nest box roof, the coop steps or stay in the coop for the day.
Very strange.

Any suggestions ?

A very dear friend made this stained glass for a coworker.

This photo does not do it justice.

I hope someday she will do one of the Silver Appleyard ducks.

Whats your favorite fowl ?


  1. I love your little story about the crocus, so funny...and true!

    Maybe your girl was traumatised by the snow and still thinks the ground is cold, or her 'up high, stay safe' programming is strong with this one! x

  2. I'm glad you were able to get a picture of your lovely crocuses before they were squashed!
    The birds here are already nesting. The curved bill thrashers have made a nest above the chickens' feeder AGAIN this year!

  3. Yeah, about that weird chicken? Soup! LOL! Only kidding...

  4. Our local group of chicken owners has had at least 1 death from chickens eating daffodils. Just a warning...

  5. Wonderful photos! I especially like the stained glass Flamingo.

  6. Great post ~ wishing you luck with your chickens' ~ I don't have a clue ~ Wonderful photos ^_^

  7. Hi! I dropped in from Top Shot. I like your blog, and really got a kick from your ducks.
    I can't say I have a favorite barnyard fowl, though. We have had chickens, ducks, and geese, and I like them all. Alas, so do the skunks and raccoons!

  8. not know very many fowl. There are many geese and ducks around these parts. Today I saw 2 groups of adorable goslings, about 15 total! So cute.

  9. What a funny chicken you have. Maybe she doesn't like to get her feet dirty :)

    I took a stained glass class one time and can appreciate the amount of work that is involved in that flamingo piece - just beautiful!

  10. Maybe she's just a lone hen?? I'm glad spring is finally headed your way!!

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  11. Oh strange about the hen! Crocuses always seem fake looking to me, like they are almost too perfect. I love them.

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  12. I love crocus's and looks like the chickens do too.

  13. I don't know anything about hens but I think perhaps she had a traumatic experience. Seems like she has a fear of the ground and perhaps it was too cold to stand on. We have a kitten and an older cat. Rose the older one sits on the cable receiver, she is cold blooded. The kitten loves frolicking about with the fan blowing on him and sitting directly in front f the a/c vents around the house. So all of us, including the animals have quirky little things that bug us. I wish you well with her. She sounds kind hearted.

  14. I can't think of my favorite fowl right now but I am absolutely fascinated by all the animals on your farm...

    Your friend did a fabulous job on that stained glass!

    Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for the phobic hen but I wish you the best of luck with her.

    Fun post for the letter "F"!