Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back to the Chickens.....

At the moment, there's really not much going on in the garden.
A few chestnuts starting to fall.
A few pears starting to ripen.
Last lanky basil holding on and a few peppers hastening to ripen.
Not much excitement.

So.... I figured I'd share chicken entertainment from the little coop.

The little coop looks pretty quiet.  Three of the finest girls have gone to their new home with Ms. Rene (Weebug) and we do miss them.  But, who could resist a coop run strung with giant holiday lights?
Ms. Rene and LackenFlacken (now "Sadie"?)
at here new home!
The baby chicks are now full chicklets, almost full-grown hens.  They took to the rafters immediately when they moved into the coop.  This is a shot of them with their brood mama (fluffy butt to the right).

Although the Mama Hen, Freckles, sat the eggs and hatched and raised them, the baby girls (all girls! What a happy hatching!) each took after her birth mom.  At a glance, I could tell whose egg had created each chick.

Alas, thanks to a hard hunting Red-Tailed Hawk, who defeated my best defenses, we lost Freckles (the mom), IddyBiddy (the little one right next to her) and Raven, there on the far end. I appreciate that everything has to eat, to survive, to provide for their own young..... but it's a heartbreaker nonetheless.

Sadly,
Sybil

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