{p,h,f,r} Chickens and Walnuts and Things

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Dropbox Chickens. My chickens. It’s been quite a few years since I tended any of the poultry. I turned that chore over to the children when we got into dairy cows, because the chickens are very low-maintenance. We’re down quite a few helpers this year, though, what with them growing up and doing crazy things like getting jobs and going to school, and I didn’t want anyone to be overwhelmed by our summer chicken chores, so I’ve been tending this flock. I’ve raised them up all the way from chickhood, and now they are beginning to lay for us. More importantly, I’d forgotten how nice it is to look after chickens. They are the happiest critters, and I can, and do, just stand there forever, listening to their contented little noises as they eat their dinner and sip their water. These are New Hampshire Reds, and I happen to think they are the prettiest chickens, too. Well, maybe the Speckled Sussex ladies could give them a run for their money.

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IMG_0879Also highly contented are these lovely children, who are making paper dolls today. It’s one of their favorite pastimes.

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IMG_0883Last week’s fun is this week’s trash, abandoned under the balcony with the bikes that seldom get ridden. Such is life.

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IMG_0893 IMG_0896It’s black walnut season, which means you take your life into your hands when walking in certain areas on our farm! It’s bad enough that they roll underfoot, but they also fall unpredictably from the trees and wallop innocent bystanders on the head!

There’s plenty more {pretty, happy, funny, real} at Like Mother, Like Daughter, so do visit!

And if you care to come back to visit here, I think we’re going to talk a little bit about stress tomorrow: stresses from within and stresses from outside. I’ve been thinking about that a lot since yesterday’s post, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I’m not special.Ā  If I’m struggling, there’s a pretty good chance you are, too.Ā  šŸ™‚Ā  Either way, have a lovely weekend!

6 Comment

  1. We have just received our first eggs from our chickens this week. I love my birds! Yours are quite lovely, but I think Lace Wyandottes and Welsummers are quite beautiful šŸ˜‰

    Do you do anything with your walnuts?

    Beautiful photos.

    1. We haven’t used the walnuts, I’m afraid. The one I tasted was disgusting, but maybe it was just a bad nut. We should give them another chance. Probably. Maybe. šŸ˜‰

  2. Brittany Mattingly says:

    I do like speckled Sussex ladies. But I need a good layer and hopefully soon meat šŸ™‚ I would love to know how you deal with stress, I personally workout or run.

    1. Ha! For me, that would be one more thing to do. šŸ™‚

  3. If you write about stress tomorrow I will definitely come over and read it. There’s been a lot of it over here at my house, and your writing is so encouraging. I second the question about the walnuts! Where I live we get pecans, and I’ve tried to use them but I’ve never really had the time to sit down and shell them all.

    1. Thank you, Kristina! I may not get to that post till tomorrow, after all. We’ve had to adjust our schedule a bit to allow for a weekend activity, but we still need to get our chickens butchered and in the freezer. šŸ™‚ I’ll be back in a few hours, though!

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