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One of Them Must Be Pitied

My old girl, Henny (almost 8 year old Black Australorp) is slowly losing status on the totem pole. She’s not top bird anymore — Nutty has taken over that position. So lately Henny and my 6 year old Wyandotte Pansy have been hashing it out as only chickens can.

Also, Henny has adopted my seven guineas as her babies. Where they go, she goes; if they make noise, she’s gotta make sure things are A.O.K. Interestingly, the guineas seem to have completely accepted her as mom and protect her.

This arrangement doesn’t play out so well though, as I discovered today.

Pansy’s been challenging Henny’s authority a lot today and they got into a good number of squabbles, which caused the guineas to gang up on the old Wyandotte. Twice I had to go outside and break it up. The second time I found that the guineas and/or Henny had torn out a bunch of Pansy’s feathers… and that definitely does not bode well, especially since a dear friend of mine went through a similar scenario in which her guineas severely picked one of her young cockerels and completely scalped his back end.

The one good thing is Pansy and a couple other lawn ornaments have a special appointment soon… So she’s going to live in the barn until then. Plus she went and got bumblefoot in BOTH feet, so it’s just as well, since she has a bit of trouble walking.

Ah well. It’s hard to decide which bird should be pitied most… Henny, because she is being demoted from her rank as general, or Pansy, because the guineas are ganging up on her and she’s got bumblefoot.

I could pity them both, I suppose…

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First Guinea Egg!

It is indeed! My very first guinea egg! They are a little under 5 months now, and with it being so late in the season I was not really expecting to find any eggs. Hopeful, but not believing. Imagine my surprise when I checked the spot in the barn that the chickens use (instead of their nest boxes) and found this alongside a fat Sexlink egg!

Photo Friday!!!

You read it right! Photo Friday is back this week. Here are a few of the pictures I took with my new camera. I haven’t quite figured out all its quirks, but  I’m lovin’ it so far. Super pleased.

Aspen

Icarus

The garden is thriving now that we got some rain!

Lazy old bean of a cat….

Milkmaid nasturtiums! They are beautiful but don’t have quite as much fragrance as the orange ones.

This camera captures color so vividly <3

Two of my pullets enjoying the sunshine

A red maple in town (and more vivid colors!)

Cream soda on a humid day… Lovely way to cool down.

Another lazy feline…

 

Photo Friday – ON TIME!

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Photo Friday a day late

Yes… I’m a day late with my Photo Friday. But hey, as long as it’s posted and close to Friday, that’s ok, right? ;)

Just a few photos this week…

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Photo Friday (and a video)

This possessive little hummer sat there for ages, watching the feeder.

The rutabagas are up!

It’s a beet! (I think…)

 

Potatoes are lookin’ good!

 

This is one of the tomatoes we started from seed. It’s rather pitiful.

 

By comparison, here’s one we bought at the flower shop…

 

A ripening strawberry…

 

Petunias in the hydrant bed…

 

Icarus, my one and only male guinea…

 

Daisy Mae…

 

Relaxing…

 

Happy First Birthday to Hamilton, the steer!

 

Valentine, Jersey/Holstein heifer

 

Clover

 

Clover again…

 

Echo

 

Nutty

 

Clotilde

 

Juliette

 

Violet

 

Iris… “Whatchya got therrr??”

 

And again…

 

Raindrop… She’s decided to join the army and her first step was to take on camo. Lookin’ good…

 

I’m bunny sitting!

Penelope…

 

Lovitchka (Lova for short)…

 

“Hey… Don’t look now, but she’s got the camera pointed right at you…”

 

She’s just so darn cute….. <3

 

Wishing there was no wire… See that sad little frown?

 

I adore rabbits’ eyes. <3

 

This is what my guineas thought of them:

 

I found a perfect daisy.

 

Sunshine! (And jet streams.)

 

And then the chickens were very sad that I was leaving, so they tried coming with me.

 

And here’s a short video of my guinea Aspen buckwheating. Only female guineas can make this noise.

http://youtu.be/KP9gh4G784s

Photo Friday

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