Author Archives: Debra Farmer

About Debra Farmer

I'm a wife, mother, and grandma, I live on the plains of central Kansas. I have chickens, goats and a miniature donkey. I also share my life with a very special toy Australian Shepherd, Wylie. Life doesn't get any better than that.

More Snow – Photos

I had planned on going back out this morning to get some more photos of the snow covering the trees.  The snow fell so gentle and blanketed the trees, they looked like  flocked Christmas trees – only much better!!  We ventured out early, but the wind came up and it was more like a blizzard, so enjoy these photos from yesterday.

Native (some say invasive, but I like them!) Red Cedar

I don’t know what model this old red truck is, but it was so pretty in the snow.

 

 

Typical Autumn Day In Kansas

It’s a beautiful autumn day, or maybe a winter day. Started snowing early this morning and has been snowing all day.

Snow roses

Dinner tonight won’t be on the patio.

Wylie likes to ride with his head out the window.

Uncut milo

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.