Wednesday, May 8, 2013

out to pasture

The days have been so very full around here of late. We're extra busy, and extra tired by sunset each day, but also so full of joy. It's just what I've needed recently - many other creatures to care for, which brings me outside myself for a bit, focusing my attention on the very basic needs of others. It's a replenishing sort of exhaustion, if that makes any sense.



This is our new Gold-laced Wyndotte. Isn't she stunning?

We were finally able to purchase the long-desired electric poultry netting to keep everyone safe from the fox, and the hens are incredibly happy to be free-ranging again. We've got the ducks in there with them for now, too, and they seem to rule the roost! The younger laying pullets are still undergoing their initiation phase with the older hens, but I have faith all will be peaceful again in a week's time.


My Cuckoo Maran (the black and white one on the left here), who I was hoping to get some beautiful chocolate brown eggs from, appears (and sounds to be) a rooster. Hmrn.

We have plans to bisect the fence this weekend so the meat birds can forage more as well.  




The turkeys are also getting lots of outdoor time in this hutch we found left on our property, and fixed up so they can enjoy the grass and sunshine until they're big enough to free-range as well. Soon, very soon!

This is our third year here, and we're finally becoming more settled and claiming this place as our own. It feels as if our little farm is coming to life after a long slumber.  

7 comments:

  1. Your birds are all beautiful. You must be very happy that Spring has sprung finally! Enjoy every moment you can!

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  2. Yay! I love all this avian action!

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  3. We've been using eletric netting and it seems to work really well. Our chickens aren't really free ranged but they have a big area fenced off that I move every week or so and they seem to love it! Not sure whether it would stop a hungry fox though... Loving all the birds you've got around your place at the moment, I can't wait for a hen to go broody here so I can start the same!

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    1. Hi Kev, So far, so good for us, too. I guess I'd call it "managed free-ranging," which is as good as it gets unless you want to risk it all ;) The way I'm starting to view predation issues is that you probably can't totally stop it - just put up as many obstacles as you can in hopes they will move on to easier targets, I guess!

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  4. AHHHH I am so jealous of your little turkeys. I want to raise them badly, but Jesse got so attached to them last time that he has vowed he can't do it. He loves them too much! Maybe we will just have them as pets.

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    1. I'm totally worried about being too attached to the turkeys! They are so friendly and mild-mannered.

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  5. I've wondered about the electric netting. We'd like to get some someday to be able to subdivide our pasture areas. Love all your birds. The ducks are so cute!

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