What Happened To Autumn?

It was such a beautiful day Saturday and of course Wylie and I spent the day hiking.

This is what we stepped out to this morning.  What happened to autumn?

Does It Really Work???

I am amazed, I can’t believe it, but it works (so far!!)

I have had a lot of sparrows in my chicken yard.  They are even getting into the chicken house, and I’m like a crazy woman in there wielding a broom to get them out!  There are HUNDREDS of the little birds.  The sparrows eat a lot of food, my girls like to dine on organic feed, scratch grain and meal worms, not what I want to be feeding to a huge flock of sparrows.   I’m also concerned about wild birds spreading diseases to my girls.  Another thing that really made me want to find a way to get rid of the sparrows, I have a very large pyracantha shrub in their run (yes their chicken run has numerous shrubs and even rose bushes).  Last year the wild birds ate ALL the little green berries that were to be beautiful orange berries in the fall.  This year my bush was again loaded with lots of berries, only to be devoured again, ENOUGH!

I Googled “how to get rid of wild birds in your chicken run”.  It was good to know that I’m not the only one having problems with unwanted birds.  The solution……..

Hang CD’s in the chicken run.  What?  It actually works!!

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This spring we had netting installed over the run to protect the girls from a hawk.  The  perfect way to hang CD’s throughout the run.

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It’s been 2 days and there has not been any wild birds in the chicken run or even sitting in the trees or on the fence.  I hope it keeps working!!

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Rainy Summer in Kansas

I haven’t said very often that I enjoy Kansas during the summer.  It’s usually hot, dry and windy.  Not so this year.  It’s a wonderful time to be in Kansas, almost like autumn, with cool, drizzly and foggy mornings and RAIN, lots of it.  I’ve emptied the rain gauge numerous time, over 8 inches!  Ours didn’t come all at once thankfully, as there have been communities that experienced flooding.

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The wheat field across the road looks more like the wet lands at Cheyenne Bottoms.

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I always enjoy baking on rainy days.

During a break from the rain, I went to one of my favorite spots.  Coronado Heights, just outside of Lindsborg.

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A foggy start to the day, but at 5 am I saw a preview of the day. A beautiful starry morning before the fog rolled in.

Relief

It has been a hot dry summer (I don’t like the heat anymore), but a nice change came thru today. 1-1/2 inches of rain this morning followed by a beautiful cool day and more rain this evening. So cool out and it smells wonderful. I won’t have to water flowers tonight.

Early morning rain.

Cool day with amazing sky.

Evening storm rolling in.

Bath Time

Bath time…..and Wylie really doesn’t care for it!

But he turns out pretty well.

I also washed his toys, he didn’t like that idea!

Growing Up

Kids grow up so fast, grandkids grow up even faster, and I’m how old, when did that happen?!?  My little chicks are growing up fast too, so fast they change by the hour!!!

Isn’t she adorable. Wylie and I spend so much time just watching them and of course I handle them quite a bit, but I don’t think they are getting any calmer. They’re fast little critters when I’m trying to catch them. They are becoming more adventurous too. Look at this little one up on their water.

Then another one flew up and perched on the feeder.  Next thing you know, they will be flying out.

Mr. Farmer designing a top for the nursery to keep those young ones in!

Remember I told you about the hawk that killed two of my hens? We met yesterday with the man who put the fence up for the chicken run and came up with a plan to cover the whole area. They are hopefully going to be able to start that project next week. I’m so glad as that will really protect my flock. Look what was in the chicken run today when Mr. Farmer came home today. He was able to snap this photo of a Cooper’s hawk, not the Red Tail that got the hens, but we definitely have a hawk problem.

Look closely over the back of the tin rooster, he’s sitting in the chicken run. The hens are in a temporary pen, so they are protected from him.