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The Fowl Miracle.

Remember our devoted pair of Egyptian Geese, Ra and Cleo? (If you don’t, visit the original post about them here)

Ra and his lovely lady, Cleo, joined the farm a couple of years ago and I’m not going to lie, I had visions of cute little Egyptian goslings running around. 

Ra, being the  devoted and dashing rogue that he is, tried his best to make that happen.

He romanced Cleo. He whispered sweet nothings in her ear. He even showered her with bouquet after bouquet of flowers. . . . Okay, so maybe, he didn’t go that far, but I’m sure he did do the Egyptian Goose equivalent to that. 

But I digress. 

Cleo, being the blushing bride of Ra, naturally led him on a merry chase and played hard to get. But it was no luck. 

Month after month, year after year, Cleo didn’t lay eggs. And as we all know, you can’t have super adorable, bouncing baby birds without eggs!

So, I wrote them off, and decided that Ra and Cleo, no matter how sprightly they acted, were a lot older than I’d been told.

Then, a miracle of the fowl-ish sort. Eggs!!!! Cleo laid eggs this year!! And a few weeks later, yep, you guessed it! Those much longed for Egyptian Geese babies. 

20160226_154037Which leaves me with an important lesson. .  . Egyptian Geese are really good parents. Loving. Nurturing. And very, very territorial. Do not even think about picking up one of the babies. Nope. You’ll find yourself facing Kung Fu Goose. 

And photographing them? Well, the ‘rents aren’t too crazy about that either – perfect example: that dirty look Cleo is shooting me in the above photo. 

P.S.

I’m actually a little late posting this, so those babies are in reality a little bigger than that now. 

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Mother Goose.

Bryony has a new little charge named Sissy. And she is so proud of her. But then, Bryony loves anything that she can help mother. And boy, does she ever.

Bryony and Sissy.

When Sissy was still in the incubator and waiting to come out, Bry spent most of her time looking in at her and literally, checking on her every few minutes. And now that she’s in a brooder, well, Bryony’s right there wanting to check on her “baby”.

Sissy is a Pilgrim gosling (the only one to hatch out of the ones in the incubator) by the way, and she also happens to be Aubrieanne and Otto‘s first daughter together. Yep, Aubrie finally found a mate and actually laid fertilized eggs 🙂

As an aside, Aubrieanne isn’t the only one that’s recently gained a new mate (or I should say in the future). Remember my pretty Cream Legbar girl that just started laying beautiful blue eggs? She also happens to be single and ready to mingle. Well, tomorrow, I’ll be going to Dothan, AL to pick her up a MAN. And by that I obviously mean a man of the roosterly variety. Fertile Legbar eggs here I come! Woohoo!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day this weekend. Our two newest mothers (Aubrie and yep, we’ll include Bryony in that list. . . . considering she’s doing way more mothering than Aubrie is) certainly did!

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Intruder Alert!

A couple of weeks ago we finally let the rest of the guineas hatched last year start free ranging with the flock. So far, the older members of the flock are getting along really well with them. In fact, I think they kind of enjoy having some young guys to show the ropes to. . . or maybe boss around.

The only problem is, the older guineas have been taking the younger ones rambling. Funny, how when it was just the older ones, they were complete home bodies, rarely venturing further than the immediate area around the house lest they miss out on any yummy treats. But now they want to see the world. Did you know it’s not unheard of for guinea fowl to wander miles from their homes while free ranging? At least, ours have never gone that far 🙂 Just into the woods surrounding us and back again.

The younger guineas have been taking little rambles into the other enclosures, too (ie, with the goats or the geese), and of course, being guineas (which let’s face it, will never be the Harvard graduates of the bird world 😉 ), they have a hard time figuring out how to get back out again. For example:

This guinea girl managed to infiltrate the doe pen. Not that the goats minded or anything as they were almost all with Mose in his new pen (yep, even Mose’s nemesis, Bridie). Anyways, she spent at least fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to rejoin the rest of the flock. All the while her guinea buddies stood on the outside talking to her. 

Maybe they were giving her advice on how to get out. Whatever they were shouting at her (guineas rarely just talk, and never whisper lol), must have worked because she did eventually rejoin them all by herself. Which makes me very happy, since I’m the one that is usually relegated to herding guineas out of places they’re not supposed to be.

Myrtle, who’d been taking a dust bath nearby, was just glad the loud ruckus had died down 🙂

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our giveaway going on now, right here. Open to entries worldwide. Two winners will be chosen on March 23rd, 2013.
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Intruder Alert!

A couple of weeks ago we finally let the rest of the guineas hatched last year start free ranging with the flock. So far, the older members of the flock are getting along really well with them. In fact, I think they kind of enjoy having some young guys to show the ropes to. . . or maybe boss around.

The only problem is, the older guineas have been taking the younger ones rambling. Funny, how when it was just the older ones, they were complete home bodies, rarely venturing further than the immediate area around the house lest they miss out on any yummy treats. But now they want to see the world. Did you know it’s not unheard of for guinea fowl to wander miles from their homes while free ranging? At least, ours have never gone that far 🙂 Just into the woods surrounding us and back again.

The younger guineas have been taking little rambles into the other enclosures, too (ie, with the goats or the geese), and of course, being guineas (which let’s face it, will never be the Harvard graduates of the bird world 😉 ), they have a hard time figuring out how to get back out again. For example:

This guinea girl managed to infiltrate the doe pen. Not that the goats minded or anything as they were almost all with Mose in his new pen (yep, even Mose’s nemesis, Bridie). Anyways, she spent at least fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to rejoin the rest of the flock. All the while her guinea buddies stood on the outside talking to her. 

Maybe they were giving her advice on how to get out. Whatever they were shouting at her (guineas rarely just talk, and never whisper lol), must have worked because she did eventually rejoin them all by herself. Which makes me very happy, since I’m the one that is usually relegated to herding guineas out of places they’re not supposed to be.

Myrtle, who’d been taking a dust bath nearby, was just glad the loud ruckus had died down 🙂

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our giveaway going on now, right here. Open to entries worldwide. Two winners will be chosen on March 23rd, 2013.
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Birds of a feather.

As much as I love the goats, the donkeys, our ewe, Tunie, and yes, even the pig, Tulip, the birds are the ones I enjoy just sitting down and watching. The different colors, the different types of feathers. . . a bird’s plumage is one of the most amazing things to me. They keep their wearer warm, enable flight for some, and attract a willing mate.

Here are a few closeups of some of our birds:
Can you guess what bird these feathers belong to? 
It’s our attention hog, Jim Bob!! 🙂 
A cool thing about Bourbon Red turkeys is that once their adult plumage has come in the males will have a black line at the tip of some of the feathers, while females have white edging, instead.
This bird is named Little Man.
He’s an Old English Game Bantam, and although he may be small in stature he thinks he’s bigger than even Jim Bob 🙂
What bird could these soft and curly feathers possibly belong to?
It’s Henry, one of the Sebastopols.
Now, for some polka dots. Can you guess what they belong to?
Guineas!!! 
One of my favorite birds. Not only because they’re wonderful at controlling the tick population, but also because they’re just all around comical birds. They’re not the brightest of birds, but they engage in these intricate games of chase and keep away with each other that can go on for hours. 
Not all guineas have dots (or pearling as it’s called), though – some are completely solid colored and others only have a few dots (partially pearled). Here is an example of partial pearling:
The darker guinea is a royal purple, one of the new colors we added last year. They’ve just started free ranging and so far the older members of our flock have easily accepted them. 
Now, on to a bird known for being decidedly more colorful. Most people are dazzled by the eye and sword feathers of peacocks, but me, I love the scale feathers located on their back.
Our two peacocks aren’t displaying a whole lot right now, but over the next couple of months, they should really start showing off for the girls. 
And to end this post, I’ll leave you with some really cute baby feathers:
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