It was nice to finally get outside! Since it was rather warm, I decided to let the chicks out for a short while. It was still a little cool and since they've still got most of their down feathers, they weren't out long.
Long enough to check out the dog and start learning how to scratch and forage for bugs/worms.
If I didn't know that they were not related, I'd think she hatched this one!
Kitten even got into the action. Henrietta ran her off though. Animals are hilarious if you just watch their body language.
With thoughts of spring coming, comes thoughts of new chickens. And when you go into a store that has chicks, the urge to buy them is overwhelming! Of course I HAD to give in to that urge!
The "first" set I bought, I bought in error. For some reason I had straight runs mixed up with pullets. Straight runs and unsexed and pullets "should be" females. So my little black chicks are going to be a tossup.
The "second" set of chicks I bought "should be" all females. And hopefully they are the same as what I got last year, because I love my buff orffington. Only time will tell. The dog still loves them though.
This picture cracks me up. I'm not sure if it's a "are you my momma" standoff or a "dude, get out of our food" standoff.
Chicks are just adorable!
She really wanted nothing to do with them, just their food. I swear she's a pig in a hen costume.
I have been wanting 2 more chickens. Keeps the eggs flowing a little faster and then it's easier to share them. So a friend of ours gave us 2 small hens, nicknamed Crockett and Tubs. (Someone's a Miami Vice fan. ;) ) Unfortunately they were not hand raised and did not want to come to the coop each night, so the friend gave us a rooster to help round them up. I have always said I did not want a rooster. He was a beautiful rooster, but I knew he was only here temporarily. Well, 1 morning we left the coop open so that they could come/go and get used to it. Unfortunately, that was a mistake.
He did his job of rounding them up and keeping them together. And shortly before we got him, the white hen had disappeared, but she was back within a day of him arriving.
Unfortunately leaving the coop open to help the new hens and the rooster was a mistake. I came home last week to feathers everywhere and one of my hens missing. They are usually only allowed out when I'm home, so I have plenty of guilt and sadness. I know it's the circle of life, but my girls were my girls. They would come running to me when I came out and would come running when it was time to be put up at night. Mr Rooster fought the battle of his life for my girl too. It didn't matter that he wasn't around them (they were very independent and didn't hang around him and the other 2 much), when it came down to it, he fought for them anyway. He did his job.
We thought he'd be ok after a few days, but he was just injured too badly. RIP Mr Rooster. Thanks for trying to protect all of them.
Ever since I had my telephoto lens stolen, I've been wanting to replace it. But what I decided was that I wasn't buying junk anymore. Not that what I had was junk, because it wasn't. Some of my favorite pictures were taken with my kit lens and an inexpensive telephoto. Learning about light and how to make it work for you will allow you to take great pictures with basic lenses. But I decided I was going to buy "good" glass. Sharp, fast glass. I would love to own the Nikon 70-200/2.8 lens. THAT will probably never happen...unless I can save enough money to buy it used. BUT, what I discovered, is before the 70-200, they had the 80-200/2.8 on the market. And you can find it used, if you're patient. Lucky for me, I did. And I'm in love.
One of the first pictures I took with it. So beautiful with it's sharpness and blurriness.
First let me explain about my chickens. They are spoiled. Extremely spoiled. So in saying that, it's EXTREMELY hard to get a good picture of them, because as soon as I come out, they come running to me, looking for a treat or snack. So getting down at their level will usually bring them running over to me, which is why it's hard to get a good shot of them. But, even though I cut Harriet's feet off trying to be quick, this is an awesome picture taken with an awesome lens. The blurry (bokah) background is gorgeous with total sharpness on Harriet.
Holy rainbow Batchick! How I missed this picture until now! I was uploading these and saw this one that I didn't process and couldn't believe it. How did I miss the blurry, beautiful, bokah background. It's just gorgeous. Harriet must just love getting her picture taken. This picture makes me love the 80-200 even more. Worth.every.penny. The bonus will be the muscles I gain from lifting it! :D
Since moving back into the country last summer, we've been talking about having chickens and fresh eggs. I don't care what anyone says, fresh eggs are the best. So we found a coop and bought some chicks!
So far so good, the kids love them...let's see how much they love them when they're cleaning the coop. ;)
The dog has completely surprised me. She "herds" them with her nose and they'll go where she points them. Kinda strange for a lab, but at least she's gentle!
Priceless shot and one of my favorites. Hopefully in a few months we'll be enjoying some fresh and tasty eggs!