Category Archives: Animals

Chickens, and Bunnies, and Pigs, Oh My! (Well, guinea pigs…)

A Chicken Goodbye

We suffered a tragedy on our little farm recently.  Two large dogs came through the area and systematically killed all but 3 of my wonderful flock of chickens.  In what my husband has termed “The Massacre of 2012″, my dear feathered friends and sometime-subjects of essays met their end.  (Read my “Sister Wives – A Tale of Poultry Polygamy” here.)

In thanks for their years of egg production and the many days of joy they brought to my life, I am re-posting one of my first blog posts I wrote when they were just a day or two old.  Good-bye little ones, you will be missed.

Original Post Begins Here

Here is a Buff Orpington pullet – a future egg-layer at 3 days old. They are alert and curious, very strong and stable on their feet, and the first to figure out how to eat and drink!

Only days after they hatch, the buffs have a few delicate adult feathers peeking through the down!

The Blue Silky Bantams will one day sport a topknot on their heads and feathers on their feet and legs. They will always be small, but are known for being excellent mothers and having agreeable little personalities. These little cuties are noticeably smaller than the buffs, and are quite wobbly on their feet. They often fall over if they run into a fellow hatch-mate, and get tired easily. The runt of the group drops off to sleep without notice – tipping slowly forward onto his beak and taking a little snooze!

The blue and white silkies get distressed unless they’re in a group. Let’s face it, everything is better when you can cuddle!

This is a White Silky Bantam – the kind my family had years ago, along with our Rhode Island Reds. They’re like the French Poodles of the chicken world – all flash and fashion! Of course, their blue and green “peewee” eggs are practically useless, but with this kind of cuteness, who cares!

A little glimpse of the future! Blue skin and feathered feet!

This Month On the Lane…..July

Sometimes weeks go by and I wonder what in the name of laundry we did with the time. After reviewing the calendar, homeschool assignments, and pictures taken this month, I’m going to quit being so hard on myself!

July 2011

(Take a deep breath and hum the William Tell Overture)…Attended a writer’s conference, saw the doctor, had lunch with the girls, sent out monthly newsletter, taught 2 knitting classes, finished “lava slug” scarf, spun 260 yards of ice-green wool/silk blend, wrote 2 pages of 6-word memoirs and submitted them to SMITH Magazine , read an unknown number of books, started new Language, History, and Science books with kids, got a haircut, groomed the dog, buried Kendra’s hamster, bought Kendra a new hamster (which promptly had 2 babies – she’s thrilled), got rid of surplus roosters (don’t ask, it probably isn’t legal), had dinner with Mom, celebrated wedding anniversary (one week early to accommodate David’s surgery the next week), put on a “quiz show” for the kids….in costume, started writing seriously again, outlined the next school year, picked up the cello again, started learning hammered dulcimer and celtic harp, hosted going-away party for friend, dropped off entries at the Fair, cheered winning entries at the Fair, cursed stupid judges for non-winning entries at the Fair, took Kendra to zoo class for time of her life, saw a movie, and wrote a song (Karen’s Waltz).

And THAT’s why the laundry didn’t get folded!