I'm not sure we are going to get much foliage color this year so I thought I'd concentrate on the other beings that lend their color to the autumn season. I love mums. I think probably because they are so tidy and they last a long time.
I think they prefer pumpkin sushi to baked pumpkin. I thought maybe it would be easier for them to eat and enjoy a mushier gourd because raw pumpkin can be kinda tough. They didn't seem particularly impressed. The raw, squishy guts however, initiated a lot of squawking and feather pulling to see who could get to the goodies first. I was proud to see the Americaunas are getting over some of their shyness around the older hens though. At least when there are yummies to be had.
And they finally started laying their pretty aqua eggs! They are not yet quite up to size but it shouldn't be much longer. We'll take what we can get right now, as all the other hens are on molting strike. Hopefully they will get over that soon. We don't have enough eggs to sell right now!
It's been beautiful weather lately but we could use a little rain. Funny, we had so much back in the summer and now just nothing. I started to say the chickens are enjoying it but the past couple of weeks they stay holed up under the deck half the day. Seems a large deer died over on the other side of the big creek and the buzzards have been frequenting the area more than usual and at a much lower altitude than the chickens are used to. Poor things, they can't easily distinguish between a buzzard or a hawk. They only know a large shadow from above can mean death, so the buzzard's careless meanderings over the yard sends them scurrying for any cover they can find, usually the deck. Apparently the hens do realize that I offer some protection for them, however abstractly, so I try to sit out in the yard each day for a spell and that usually brings them out to graze and scratch.
Hey, a question for other bloggers: What is the easiest way to repost old posts? I know many people come here (or did anyway) to read about home construction and building and due to being sick I just have not had anything new on that in a very long time. Thought I might dredge up some old projects that might be of interest.