We’ve had some really beautiful days
Some stormy days. Clouds over a wheat field.
Lots of rain and nice days really makes the grass grow. Makes for a very good crop of hay.
Brome grass in bloom
With Mr. Farmer on a trip, I get to do the morning chores. I don’t make it out quite as early as they’re use to being fed, so they are certainly glad to see me!
This trio is always entertaining. Chili, Will, and Bill all wait patiently each by their own bucket.
Chili, miniature donkey
Will and Bill
Will, the white and black, is a fainting goat. He doesn’t faint for very long, he comes to just as you are about to get his collar on, hang on, this could be a rodeo!
Will’s thoughts: Would you PLEASE quite taking pictures and FEED US
Even though there are 2 buckets for them, they like to eat out of one and head butt each other!
I don’t have the large flock of hens that I use to have, it’s enough to keep us in eggs and less cleaning for me!
left to right: Jacquie, Thelma and Louise, or Louise and Thelma, I can’t tell them apart! Miss Kitty was already in the nesting box so I didn’t bother her.
Mac, 8 week old rooster that a dear friend gave me. He lived in town, NO roosters allowed! I’m glad he is here, can’t wait till he starts crowing!
Enjoy you day! It’s beautiful on the prairie in Kansas, finally some sun!
The Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle is in full bloom. It’s an invasive medium-fast growing vine, but I have plenty of room for it and I absolutely love the smell. The double knockout roses have so many blooms that occasionally a hen will pick one, but they really don’t bother them at all. Whenever I plant anything the hens gather around in search of any worms that I dig up. I put small river boulders around the base of each plant so they won’t scratch underneath the plant. Other plants in the run are, Butterfly Bushes, Vitex (Chaste Tree, which is really not for this area zone 6-10, but I love them and it’s worth a try), Cotenester, Hollyhocks, Maple tree, Pampas grass, other various grasses, and of course numerous weed.
I enjoy walking out to my chicken house this time of year, a few years ago I planted honeysuckle along the north fence of the chicken run. The varieties blooming now are Mandarin and Goldflame honeysuckle. The Halls Japanese variety hasn’t started blooming yet, but it’s loaded with buds. It is my favorite, as it’s the most fragrant.
Welcome to the coop de ville!
This is my feed room. The plastic trash cans hold plenty of layer and scratch grain, also keeps any critters from getting into the feed.
I especially love my galvanized bucket chandelier. When I asked Mr. Farmer to help me put it up his reply was, “you want me to what with this bucket?”
left to right – Earl, Orville and Wilt
Mr. Farmer also made this horseshoe paper towel holder!
I made the grit dispenser out of a small cake pan and PVC pipe. The girls enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror.
The little pink chicken door is great. It’s on a timer so I don’t have to go out and open it early in the morning, of course it shuts at night, keeping them safe from any varmits. I found it on the internet and no it didn’t come pink, I painted it!
I’ll post pictures of their outdoor run when it’s not so muddy and all the plants (that they don’t eat) are blooming.