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Happy to see me

Happy to see me

It may be cyber Monday to much of the world but to the pigs in the hens it's just another day and they're hungry. It's 7:30 a.m. and one of the chickens it already worked its way out of the chicken coop to greet me at the door The others were happy to see me as I...

The Hens Taste Buds.

The Hens Taste Buds.

I'm not exactly sure what changed or if it was just my observation that has become more acute. I suspect the real reason I'm only noticing this food choice now, is because it has become cold enough for the rats to hibernate. When I feed the chickens, there are two...

Feels like a Monday

Feels like a Monday

The covid-19 incident of 2022 has passed and today was my first day back as the caretaker of the animals. Whenever he's home the roll falls on him because they are his animals but during a normal week, I'm in charge of their feeding and it's nice to be back on that...

I’m a sucker for sad stories and idiots

I’m a sucker for sad stories and idiots

The two original chickens that I call the pigeon sisters are cute to watch but they are pretty dumb. They suffer from something called FOMO which the teenagers tell me is the fear of missing out. They are more interested in whatever I'm doing than the food I have put...

The Sunday that was a weekday

The Sunday that was a weekday

I'm sitting outside with a beautiful bright blue sky at 7:30 a.m. I'm pretty sure the clocks changed on me last night but in this digital world I don't have anything to do anymore. It's automated and I didn't actually know up until now whether the clocks went forward...

Barking dogs

Barking dogs

Have you ever noticed that when dogs are doing irritating things, and you can't stop them, but the second you turn the camera on they stop doing it?

Wakey wakey

Wakey wakey

I only woke up twice last night and I only had to pee one of those times. Then I woke up about 5:15 a.m. and was going to get up and start my day and then suddenly the 7am alarm went off. I don't actually come out and open the chicken coop and feed the animals till...

The horrible rodent hunters

The horrible rodent hunters

The title of this blog could be read as horrible rodents, or horrible hunters. I suppose both are equally true. There are many rats on this property although they don't get in my way too often they can occasionally startle me. The dogs however would love to catch one...

The rooster seems horny this morning

The rooster seems horny this morning

I just got back inside from feeding the pigs this morning and I leave food both in the chicken coop for the late riser chickens and a nice dish outside for the rooster and the two red hens that came out quickly this morning. They will eat what they need and then I'm...

The early bird special

The early bird special

It's the first nice day after 4 days of rain so the animals are happy to be outside. I am too. Fall in Ontario It's a season that most people seem to like. At least they post online that it's their favorite season while the colors are still changing and there's lots...

Face to face with terror

Face to face with terror

The title of this blog post is a little dramatic. I was actually face to face with cuteness. Tiny little rats are cute. Last night when I was putting the pig blanket on the pig, I found myself staring face to face with a rat. It was so cute I had to smile. It was...

The running of the hens

The running of the hens

One of these days hopefully before the winter comes I will remember to bring my tripod down and set it up so that I can catch I have to pre-planned this precisely, because the the run of the hens. It has become one of the highlights of my otherwise doll weekdays. I 1...

8am wet food

8am wet food

It's not really raining hard this morning. I seem to be lucky so far this year that the rain is either before or after I need to go out and feed the animals. It was barely drizzling or spitting. I don't actually know if it was raining at all or if it was just the wet...

The early bird special.

The early bird special.

So today I came out to feed the birds there 4:00 p.m. dinner and laid out a nice spread for them as usual minus the grain that has been decided they no longer need. I was cheerful and looking for them since they weren't around and I don't like to leave the food out in...

The world, she is a changing

The world, she is a changing

I don't know much about how the real world is changing but here on the farm the rooster and I have almost made up. He hung around me today close and didn't maintain eye contact which I take as a sign of trust. The pig was also out of the coop wondering the backyard it...

He’s found a new way to annoy me

He’s found a new way to annoy me

The feud between the rooster and I has calmed. It's easy to spot his intentional change in attitude as he clearly walks in directions away from me or around me even when the other hands walk right by me. He can't avoid me because I'm the one that brings him his food...

No photos please.

No photos please.

I was surprised to find one of the hens dead today. Viciously dead. It was inside the chicken coop which was an odd place to find it. Right in the doorway where the other animal would have to walk past or over it to enter exit. Myself included I wasn't 100% sure what...

Surprise days off!

Surprise days off!

I woke up yesterday at 5am, which isn't unusual at all. I wake up all through the night. I can't quite explain why it's usually on the hours, like 3am, 4am or 5am within a few minutes. Yesterday it was 12am, 2am and 5am. When I wake around 5,it's the time he leaves...

4:20 Blog

4:20 Blog

The time is a coincidence and I used it as a title instead of the title I had in mind all weekend. The Sleepend. I'm still not sure which one I prefer but spell check certainly prefers the one that's a real word. Actually a 420 isn't a word of course. I'm sleepy. This...

OOPS. I didn’t notice it rained

OOPS. I didn’t notice it rained

Shortly after I fed the chickens on the rooster this morning it rained so their food kind of turned to mush. That makes them extra hungry at lunch time and I'm feeding them up on the porch under the roof right in my way. However, I did get my stick back so I feel like...