Have you had poultry around?
My wife has tales of the family farm in Colombia. She and her siblings took care of the chickens and were charged with watching where the hens laid their eggs. The crafty chickens used to watch and when no one was looking they went into the bush to lay their eggs. Then, of course the vanished ones reappeared with brood in tow!
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Last pictures of our old farmyard for now.
We like to raise "happy birds" the old fashioned way. They're free to come and go in the yard. They can scratch and peck at things. They find bugs and worms to eat and take baths in a sand and dust themselves in wood ash. The hens also have roosters and turkey hens have toms.
It's a good life for them.
One year I rescued a 100 hens from getting slaughtered when a commercial egg factory was getting ready to gas them so they could get new layers. They do that twice a year.
The poor hens had lived in a little cages that they could NOT move around in at all. They were forced to lay two eggs a day, by light manipulation. When I got them home, they could not stand, walk or move around at first. In a few days they were as happy as our other chickens. They found their place in the world and picked their roosters to clan up with. It was heartwarming to see their transformation. These turkeys were also bought from a turkey factory where they would have been butchered for food at a young age.
Edited to add: BTW, 5 turkeys are sleeping behind the chair on the right.
It's a good life to live. You and your wife are lucky to have experienced that.
I'd love to hear/read some of the stories. Heartwarming.
I love farm life.My Granny had some mean geese.But they got their just deserts scaring sweet little kids like me and I loved sleeping under Grannies goose eiderdown.
Why is it not cleared off the roof ?
The wild bird feeder with sun breaking through. Suet box on left and seed feeder behind the little limb.