Monday, February 15, 2016

Animals are Hilarious



Animals are hilarious!!! Our black Cayuga ducks are the only ones I've seen do this. They run across the yard at high speed (for them). Then they drop to their keel in the fresh snow and slide for ten feet or so. Get up, and repeat. They are feeling good this morning. How about you? How are your animals? Any morning stories to share? 


 Of course when I got the camera out the ducks got camera shy!


Second story: I've been spreading a line of feed for the poultry out in the yard (for the ones that aren't house queens). The Juncos have been cleaning up behind the poultry. I think I have been adding a little extra for the Juncos. They help clean up. And I feel I am helping them survive the winter. There is a line of Juncos this morning digging down into the snow for food. There is at least forty to fifty of them nose diving out there. I disturbed them and spread another line for the poultry on top of the snow. The Juncos flew off. The poultry will get their fill. The Juncos will come back and clean up on the top of the snow. My good deed for today. Now I can go back to being a grump!


Not a Junco to be seen when I have the camera.


Third story: The turkeys have long legs and just walk on through the snow. The ducks have snowshoes on their feet and walk on top of the snow. The Guineas are lighter and sink some, but get on their way. But the chickens are tweens. They are heavy enough to sink, but don't have the footware to be helpful. I have "rescued" several that are half way between here and there. They just sit there buried up to their tail feathers, waiting for me to walk up and pick them up and and carry them off to somewhere useful. For others, it is time to be self sufficient and employ their wings. I think some of them just have me trained. 

 Waiting for the rescue.....or trainee?
 
Buff tracks on the deck.....lead to buff butts on the deck!

It is beautiful this morning. Like all mornings. It is one of those mornings to take our lemons and make lemonade. Life is great! Enjoy it! We are looking forward to some more laughs this morning. You have stories. Don't keep them to yourselves. Share them and make us all laugh! God has given us another beautiful day. Enjoy it and be thankful. May God help you see life! And its joys!

Ralph and Fiona


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11 comments:

  1. love them! I would love to hear a rooster in the morning....I love your cheerful big silly heart...and Ralphs too

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    1. I should see if I can get a rooster crowing video for you:)

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  2. Gosh almost make me want ducks with that description of their play! :)

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    1. They are fun....independent and adventurous!

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  3. Silly ducks! Our goose hates the snow - she'll fly as far as she can or just plop down onto it, tucking her feet up into her 'foot pockets' under her wings. Then she'll stay in the water all day.

    The turkeys could care less about the snow and, like yours, just march through it. Some of the chickens that are mortified by the snow and some love to eat it like it was a special treat.

    Never a dull moment of entertainment! God sure has blessed us!

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    1. I love your goose's approach to snow. I know we ramble on about how much enjoyment we get from the poultry but just as you say there is never a dull moment and the simple laughter is good for our souls. We continue to be amazed at how we have been blessed with this farm.

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  4. We had sheet ice this morning and the hens were skating across the yard! Some went fanny-first. How do you like your Cayuga ducks? I had some years ago and loved them. They are on my list for this year.

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    1. We love them so far. I am working on a Duck evaluation post. The ducks are low key and are fun but somehow we don't blog about them so much. They don't get in so much trouble!

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  5. Okay, Fiona, so why are you a grump? (-: Remember what Frank says, "Humor is the essence of survival." Blessings, Fern

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    1. Well....I am my usual sunny self but this blog post was written by Ralph....he is a tad grumpy because we had so much to do this week. Like major butchering, but the snow/rain combo....ahh you know the drill.
      The poultry does cheer him up though.

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    2. Well....I am my usual sunny self but this blog post was written by Ralph....he is a tad grumpy because we had so much to do this week. Like major butchering, but the snow/rain combo....ahh you know the drill.
      The poultry does cheer him up though.

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