Fowl Topic

Around the farm we have a nice variety of fowl.  Let me introduce a few to you.

smack

Smack is our only remaining duck.

the ducklings last summer

the ducklings last summer

I’m afraid the coyotes carried off the rest of his family.  He sticks around and beautifies the place, but he is lonely for a lady. I may try to pick up one at an auction for him.

guinea

Our guineas are funny little things.  Noisy, too. Have you ever heard them chattering together? They are a flighty group, but always stick together.

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We have far fewer bugs because of them, and we always know when something is out of the ordinary.  Last summer when we had turkeys who strayed out of the field up to our house, it was the guineas’ tattling that alerted us to the danger.

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The big turks didn’t understand the dangers of our 55mph road, so we needed to walk them back to safety.

last year with her second clutch

Wild Woman last year with her second clutch

Wild Woman was one of our first chickens here.  We thought she wouldn’t last long or be much use because she was small and wild, but it turns out she is our favorite.

She stays in her nest box three days once her chicks hatch.

She stays in her nest box three days once her chicks hatch.

Not only is she a good layer, but she is broody at the right times and has produced three clutches of chicks.

Wild Woman scratches and the chicks run in to grab the bugs and seeds.

Wild Woman scratches and the chicks run in to grab the bugs and seeds.

Right now, she is teaching her newest clutch where to get the best food.

wilcocks

Peck Wilcocks is her son and rooster to his mother and two sisters.  He is also father and uncle to the new batch of chicks.

Wilcocks' dad a day before the accident

Wilcocks’ dad a day before the accident

His father was a Buff Orpington who did not take the 55mph road seriously and got stewed for his mistake.

He made a fine soup.

He made a fine soup.

We needed more layers, so we picked up some sex linked hens last fall.  They have produced eggs well this Spring and follow their own rooster who came to us through another auction last summer.

Rooster #2 and his followers

Rooster #2 and his followers

The two roosters compete in the morning to see who gets to wake up the rest of the farm.  Wilcocks roosts in a tree by the house while his competitor roosts behind the house in the coop.  They start in every morning around 4am. They respect each other and their altercations have never led to blows.

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All the birds enjoy sharing the pigs’ grain.

Hope you enjoyed meeting these fowl.

Next week we are hoping to get in our batch of meat chicks and some layer chicks too.

8 Comments on “Fowl Topic

  1. I like your site! Glad to see you are enjoying life and labor with your children! Memories of visits to my grandparents farm surfaced.
    Crystal

  2. Sure reminds me of my boyhood.
    Howard Carter

  3. I’m looking forward to learning more about farming. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Please get Smack a lady friend….I don’t have motivations other than his happiness, of course. =)

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