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My Tiny Chickens on My Tiny Farm.
I was awaken at 3.30 a.m. this morning. My dogs hearing the rooster crowing thought it was time to get up. My dogs think it’s time to go outside to what ever it is dogs do in the early morning darkness. I have got to reset my roosters clock, for some reason he thinks it’s time to get up 3 hours before sun up.. If it weren’t for the fact that I need him so I will have a few fertile eggs for hatching new chicks, I would put him in my big old cook pot and make a pot of chicken noddle soup.
Even with all my whining about being awakened so early, I do love the early morning peace and quiet. Temperature is only 79 degrees, all the windows have been raised letting in fresh cool air. I can hear my rooster crowing, once in a while out of the dark I can hear the soft muffled sound of my Indian runner ducks quack and turkeys are calling to each other from their nights roosting place. I don’t think geese ever really sleep. I hear their honking to each other all hours of the day and night.
Another hour or so and it will be light enough for my hummingbird swarm to arrive for their first feeding of the day. After 9 or 10 hours without food hummingbirds are very hungry and in need of a high sugar feeding to get their day started off with a high energy food. When I took my feeders down for cleaning and refilling I noticed that the ants have also found my feeders and are contaminating them. Ants will craw into the feeders get trapped and drown in the feed water. So, today I will get a bit of grease and apply it to the wires that my feeders hang from to prevent ants reaching the feeders.
It’s just good and light and I have finished my morning feeding and watering chores. Everything is getting it’s belly full before the sun comes up and starts bringing in the heat of the day. It’s to hot to eat I guess, everything is eating 1/2 as much as they were a month ago and my egg production is down to 2 eggs a day.
Hey look at that, it’s 6.05 a.m. and my hummingbird swarm just arrived. What a sight to see 8 or 10 hummingbirds all competing for a spot at my feeders. It looks like at least one hummingbird pair are still in nesting mode. One of the females has been collecting spider webs off of my feeder station scroll work. I am told hummingbirds use spider webs in building their nest. Grin, chickens are walking the fence hoping a grasshopper will hop into their pen for a quick easy meal.
My home made bird feeder station. Michelle L says she likes it, “Its rustic looking.” To an old welder it looks rusty and needs a good coat of red paint!
Why is common sense so uncommon?
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