It’s also been awhile since I posted pictures of our little barnyard menagerie. Besides, our critters are more popular than the Urban Homesteaders themselves. Can’t say as I blame them, they are sooooo picture savvy. Me, not savvy! When a camera comes out, I skedaddle the other way!
One of my favorite part of the day is going out just as the sun rises (this past week there has been a beautiful full moon in the morn) to open up the chicken coop. The ducks fall out, all in lined up in a row while making soft quacking sounds. A good morning to you too, ladies! Besides we humans, the ducks are the earliest risers here on the homestead and are up at the crack of dawn so they can scrounge around the animal compound for worms and such. About a hour later, the chickens will hop down off their perches, one by one, to join their compadres in the compound for a day of scratching, preening & eating. Ahhhh the life!
This coming spring our plan (God willing) is to add to our poultry flock since many of our chickens are heading into retirement at 5 years. We’ve had many questions about what we do with our non laying hens. No, they are NOT bound for the stew pot; instead, they live out their happy little lives – taking dust baths, scratching for bugs. Happy hens! And for the ducks, the same, though they much rather water baths – thank you very much.
For those of you who are looking for information on starting your own poultry flock, check out Sis’s sisters site BARNYARDS & BACKYARDS that’s chockablock full of helpful links and information (& Giveaways!)
I can’t tell you enough how much Jordanne knows about raising animals! She has helped many readers’ sick chickens, rabbits, goats, cats and more!
And we mustn’t forget….
Care to share your what’s happening in your backyard barnyard?