These past several weeks have been very busy ones, and so that’s why I haven’t posted anything since late November. Time does fly by so fast and I hope you all have been well. And that you had an enjoyable BLESSED Thanksgiving day. The holidays are in full swing now and so much has been going on around my side of the world. Living in California, there’s always much to do around here. Though I have been MIA for the past several weeks on the posting side of things, I have been coming around whenever I got the chance, to read your blogs. I’ve also taken many pictures of different things since I last wrote the last post. But instead of sharing what you all might already see from California, I thought to share a few pictures from home. Pictures of my babies— the boys and the girls (the pups and the hens). And share some of their little adventures with you.
The missing feathers from behind Frances’ neck, if you can remember (you can read that post here: Just A Regular Day), I think were due to her first molt, and not caused from a pup attack. She has been doing perfectly fine ever since her broodiness and mysterious bald spot. Her feathers in the back of her neck have grown back (I’ve been keeping close track on the feather regrowth), and she began laying again two weeks ago. She’s been laying one a egg a day along with the other girls. Though sometimes I only get two eggs a day. All three girls have been having a fun time adjusting to the change of weather, the colder temperatures and coming winter. Barred Rocks are a quite a hardy breed though and I’m sure they’ll get through their first winter just fine.
We have also had our first frost and have had several freezing icy frosty nights and mornings. I took several pictures of our first frost outdoors and the girls’ experience stepping out onto frosty grass. We almost had a chance of snow here in Kern County last Saturday, which was exciting! But, it didn’t snow. Though it was very cold that weekend and our mountains did get snow.
Barne’s who is typically an outdoor dog, hasn’t been spending his evenings outdoors lately. He’s been inside nice and cozy cuddled with an afghan inside, sleeping toasty by the heater. Tyson didn’t like that Barney was coming inside in the evenings at first— but he has gotten used to it. Oh! So I thought I would train Tyson to get used to being outside running around with the girls… but guess whose out there hanging out with them now? It’s Barnes. Low and behold, it is Barnes who has been running freely in the same yard with the hens. That little gopher/bird hunter is actually doing well in the yard with the them. Three days ago I had let the girls out of the coop when the pups were running freely in the yard. And Barney didn’t do anything, but Tyson was wanting to play with them. So I took Tyson inside and went back out to observe Barnes, and he was just minding his own business. And I was glad to see that. Before you let your dogs out around your chickens though! Please do keep in mind that Barney was around them the entire Summer and Fall. I had him either inside a homemade crate next to the girls when they were out free ranging, or he was tied up near them while they were out. So I think doing that for those few hours a day actually trained him to get used to them. He was a lonely pet for a long while, he lost his momma back in February of this year and he witnessed her illness and her death.
I got the hens in May, so maybe getting them was a good thing for him. Though he didn’t like them at first, and spent many days barking at them, I think he actually grew quite fond of them. They were his only company for several months before Tyson came in the picture. And though I think Barne’s and Tyson like each other, I don’t think Barney appreciates the puppy always wanting to play and biting his feet and his ears. Dachshunds have very sensitive ears and sensitive long spines. So the pup is very energetic and pretty rough. Barney is still trying to adjust to the puppies energies and growth spurts. But well! That was one of my goals checked off the list! Having Barney (since he’s the outdoor dog) get along in the yard with the girls. He spent Wednesday and Yesterday all day in the same yard with the girls without a crate and a leash, and they got along just fine. So I am happy about that. They look so cute in the same yard together! A dachshund and three hens- Friends! Amazing!:) I’ve always seen dogs around barn yard animals, but it seemed impossible trying to get Barne’s used other animals, as he has hunting embedded deep into his nature. So I think it’s very neat that they’re all four getting along just fine. —Now to the get pup used to the hens.
Well all, it’s the holidays and these days are pretty busy but I will try to make some more time to share some recipes and other little things going on out here around town. I love this time of year! And there’s a lot of Christmas festive-like activities going on. Such as plays and holiday light shows and concerts… I’ll be volunteering at our local Zoo, CALM, soon too. They’re having Holiday Lights at CALM nights, and I’ll be volunteering with some friends…we’re going to be Elfs! I’ve never been an elf so that’s going to be an experience!;) I do wish you all the best of days this Holiday season!
Scenes from within the Chicken Coop early one morning right after the sun came out:
Alas! Here’s the highlight of the week: Dog and hens getting along.
Have a great weekend all! And if you live out in the snow… make sure to build a snow man!:)
Until next time!<3