The chickens are ticked! Kitten pictures, duck pictures, dog pictures... they feel neglected on the blog, so I am doing what I can for them today. (Okay, there will be a sprinkling of ducks, too...)
More yummy eggs!
Beaker the rooster and two of his ladies. The four "Muffs" (one is on the left) are just his size and are probably the only hens that don't knock him to the ground when he tries to get his groove on!
We have four "Muffs" who are, I think, some kind of English Game hen. The "Muff" part refers to their "beards," the feathers that stick out on their faces like facial hair.
You can see the "Muff" better in this photo. She's got a very fluffy face. Three of these girls lay small white eggs, while one weighs small, dark reddish-brown ones.
Beaker is part Silkie, all MAN.
On Saturday, I trimmed rooster spurs for the first time. I am not brave like my bloggy friend Lynn, who took the sheaths off her rooster spurs like this. I was conservative (i.e. nervous) and just trimmed off the pointy tips with dog nail clippers. Next time I'm going to use a Dremel tool and take off more, like this.
All three roosters were incredibly good while I trimmed their spurs, no struggling or protest. I wrapped each roo in a towel to keep him from flapping his wings. They all just lay limply in my lap while I snipped off their man-bits, I mean, spurs. I also rubbed some bag balm into their legs, as we had a scaly leg mite problem last year and I'm working on prettying-up all the chicken legs. Bag balm does a great job.
Meanwhile, Eugenia (mama duck) spend almost the whole day snoozing by one of the barn doors. I think the ducks will be happy when spring finally comes. Muscovy ducks are tropical birds, after all.
The chickens were checking out the new duck palace yesterday.
A group duck-snooze was going down when some brazen chicken (back right) wandered in. The ducks generally ignore the chickens, and I have to say, the chickens have a lot of attitude! I've seen the chickens peck at the ducks until they run off. I've witnessed the hens giving the drakes attitude, and the drakes backing down almost every time. The chickens are definitely the barn-bosses, which is a bit surprising given that some of the ducks weigh 10 - 12 lbs, twice what the hens do.
Ronna and MacGregor hanging out in a particularly messy bit of the barn.
More chicken invaders. We've been working out a system for keeping the duck palace floor dry.We're now putting the heated buckets inside the kiddy pool on top of a tarp. Those ducks splash around a LOT of water.
Errol Flynn helps himself to some duck feed.
Beaker, so manly. So small.
Another Muff giving me the eye.
Hopefully this will keep the chickens from complaining for awhile!