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Memorial Day

Since today is Memorial Day, I just wanted to post a little about animals that served. So I did some research and discovered many more animal species that have helped in wartime than I thought! Of course we all think about horses in the days of way before machines and engines came along. Also, many dogs serve in wartime and in times when rescues are needed, such as earthquakes or bombed buildings, like 9-11. I also learned that cats have been fitted with devices to enable spying on the enemy, although some cats weren’t always cooperative. Many people also know that dolphins have been used in wartime. Homing pigeons are also well known for relaying messages. I don’t know why I never thought about camels, before. They’re very similar to horse in...

Our Cayuga Ducklings Have Arrived!

      I have always loved ducklings. There’s something so cute and cuddly about a fuzzy little duckling. When I found out the hatchery where I bought our chicks also sold ducklings, I couldn’t wait to order some. They arrived yesterday in good health and have been so much fun to watch.  They are in the same area as the chicks. It suddenly got very quiet when I brought the ducklings in. Here’s a video of them settling in to their new home. Be sure to turn up the volume so you can hear the little noises they’re making!       It will be a fun experience to watch these little ones grow up. They will stay dark their whole lives, eventually having a dark greenish hue to their feathers. In the meantime, enjoy the...

The Chicks At Two Weeks Old

    These babies sure are growing fast! They’re starting to get their wing feathers and their personalities are also starting to show. In the photo, from the left, are Spike, Bossy on the perch, the unnamed Black Frizzle behind her, our one Mille Fleur (hoping for a rooster!), Spot, the unnamed White Frizzle, and Ash in the front.   Ash is very bossy already, I think he might be a rooster. He’s the first one to come forward and is always between the front of the box where I look at them, and the rest of the chicks. I’ve also seem him stand up as tall as he can and stare or jump at another chick.     Spike is a bit bossy like Ash, but not as aggressive, so I think he may be a rooster, also. Spot is more afraid and...

We’re Getting Chicks!

No, not female humans, baby chickens!! My friend Marie breeds Bantam Cochin chickens and she recently gave me 10 fertilized eggs to put in an incubator. We are so excited!!! I put them in the incubator March 9, Monday night. It takes 21 days for the embryos to grow and hatch.   So know we have to wait. 21 days isn’t that long, but it seems like forever when you’re waiting for something good to happen. Here’s a picture of the tiny eggs in an egg carton: Here’s another picture, showing the eggs in the incubator: Be sure to keep checking on our progress. Tuesday night will be the first check, by candling the eggs, to see if any embryos have formed inside the eggs. Share...

Signs Of Spring

I know it can be hard to believe, especially for those that live in the Northeast and the snow keeps falling, but Spring is truly on it’s way! Here in North Central Florida, I’ve been noticing signs typical for this time of year. We often see these egrets now. I love watching them make their way across the field in search of food. Another odd sign for this area is falling leaves! Yes, the oak leaves are falling now, pushed out by the buds and new leaves waiting for their turn. On windy days, being pelted by the leaves is very common. A beautiful sign of Spring is the azalea bushes blooming. Most people in this area have at least a few bushes around their homes. Finally, this week I saw a flock of about 15 Robins! So when the temperatures are dropping,...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A little Valentine to make you all smile!   Share...