Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Extra protein in the eggs this week...

Okay, so this morning  caught one of my Finnish girls (missing a few feathers, oops! A lot of birds are moulting or bedraggled right now after the long winter) running around with a dead rat  in her beak...


Well, not an entire dead rat...


...more like the pelt, tail and back legs of a dead rat. I suspect it was killed by a barn cat. The birds are more than happy to take care of corpses! :P


Everybody was fighting over the (barf) prize! Debbie snatched it away from her Finnish friend...



...then somehow George ended up with it, although it was passed around amongst the ducks after this was taken. Usually I take things like this away from the birds but you know, this morning I just did not have the stomach for disposing of a deflated half-rat. Sigh.

Meanwhile, the cats all wanted cuddles so it took me extra time to get my chores done!


Isn't Archie a gorgeous boy?


And his Greek cousin Buttercup insisted on napping in my lap.



Yesterday Honey feel asleep on my shoulder while I was sitting at my desk.

Cats, gotta love 'em. Rats, not so much.

29 comments:

  1. I find it hilarious how chickens run, after they scored a prize. :o)

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    1. They run to get away from the other chickens trying to steal the prize! :) THe thing that always kills me is the way hens squawk and screech after laying an egg. It's like they are inviting a predator to steal it!

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    2. I always thought they triumphantly let everyone know, that they succeeded laying another wonderful egg. Or maybe they just shout "Ouchie!" :o)

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  2. ♥♥♥ Lovely post!!!! ♥♥♥

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  3. receiving and reading your blog is so good for my soul....thank you....

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    1. Well, I always appreciate your lovely comments! :)

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  4. Hey .. pass the rat ! you haven't heard of that game ? lol ! Yeah I hear you YUK ! Nice photos . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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    1. some days I go down there and just back away slowly... the stuff that goes on in the barnyard!!!

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  5. Never realized chickens were so blood thirsty! But, boy, I bet that whole event made their whole day. They're probably still talking about it now.

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    1. They really are little dinosaurs!!

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  6. Ewww Rats!!! But the kitties and chickens are cute! xoxo

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    1. I know, ugh!! So glad my barn cats are keeping them under control.

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  7. I never knew that chickens or ducks love such treats. The cats are lovely, such CUTIES!

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    1. The birds will eat anything. You should see what happens when I accidentally drop an egg down there. Feeding frenzy!!!

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  8. Ha ha ha. It's truly gross, but also pretty hilarious. :)

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    1. My sentiments exactly. Eeeyuw but so damn funny! They're fighting over the back end pelt of a rat, for God's sake!!

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  9. Nothing better than a cat sleeping on you!

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  10. Ewwwww....I'm not sure I could eat the eggs after that :(

    Such spoiled kitties!

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    1. Everybody is spoiled here! :)

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  11. Disgusting and hilarious!

    The cats are lovely. I'm glad Mootie is transitioning to an innie.; adventure is for the young.
    Handsome boy, our Archie. Very regal.
    And Honey....well, what a honey!

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    1. Really, all 15 of these cats belong inside!! I have a lot of guilt and ry to make life as nice as possible for the barn cats. sigh...

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  12. Your cats (and, well, most cats) fill my heart with love. Sadly, you've put me off eggs.

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  13. A half-eaten rat snack? I will never understand chickens' taste.

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  14. I've seen my lady's chickens running around with a frog. Tee hee. And one day they saw a little snake in their yard and circled it just like those velociraptors on Jurassic Park. They killed and ate it, after a grand game of chase. I don't understand chickens. hee hee

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    1. Velociraptors!! That is exactly what they are!!!

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  15. I was just about to eat some breakfast when I read today's unappetizing post. For some reason I have lost my desire for french toast, but thank you for deterring me from consuming unneeded calories. Sometimes I wonder if chickens have a brain in their little wonky heads. They certainly aren't selective about what they dine on, but it's nice that the cats leave them the spoils of their rat hunting. Is that because rats aren't much fun once their deaded?
    I really wish Archie & Annuck were not so far away. If I could figure out a cheap way to get them out to Portland, I would adopt both of them in a heartbeat. The last of my 4 cats died a couple of months ago & my house does not feel the same without a cat or two causing havoc. This is the 1st time I have been sans cat in decades & I cannot believe how much I miss their companionship. Archie & Annuck are the sweetest brother & sister, so I am surprised they were not adopted as quickly as their siblings were They are adorable toddler cats & exactly the age I was wanting (too old too chase kittens anymore). I guess it is a case of right cats, wrong location for me, but I sure wish some nice people in your area decide to give them great furever homes soon. Every cat deserves a great home, but esp. these adorable cats who have traveled so far form their Greek island in hopes of finding a permanent home.

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    1. OOooops sorry about that! But just think, free-range eggs and happy hens! :) My cat Emerson has been seen eating an entire rat (ugh!) but other cats seem to prefer just the heads (ugh.) I must say, the barn cats do a spectacular job of controlling rodents in the barn!

      I have fallen for Archie and Annuk so it won't be easy to let them go, but I am still hopeful about adopting them out. One of my friends may take Annuk in May; we'll see how it goes!

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