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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Baby Swallows Have Taken Off, Morning Chores...

Remember this picture?

 

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Well look at them now...this picture was taken the day before they flew for the first time. I knew it wouldn't be long and I was right...

 

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Below is a couple of pictures I took out of the bathroom window of the babies resting after trying out their wings on their first day flying. Their are five babies and then you can see one of the parents sitting there on the roof with them in this one picture here...

 

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Sadly, Ian found one of the babies dead in the pool skimmer. The adults have a habit of flying low across the pool and scooping a drink of water. Being inexperienced at this the babies take a big chance of drowning. Poor little baby bird...just learned how to fly too.

I believe there was another family hatching about the same time as we had two sets of parents and about 10 babies flying around before the day was out. I love to sit on the front porch and watch them fly around. They seem to have a lot of fun flying.

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I have been pacing myself with the chores. It hit a hundred degrees here yesterday and the pails everywhere needed filling with fresh cool water. After making sure everyone was prepared for another hot day I unloaded the two bales of hay I bought from Home Depot and cut into one. I hayed the chicken house floor and all replaced all the old hay in the nests with new hay. I moved a shelter I had used for the silkies that was no longer being used at all into the pen and made another layer house with fresh clean nests in it. I have gotten a couple of pullet eggs from the new layers so it won't be long and I will be getting eggs from them regularly.

After haying and watering I decided to take a dip in the pool. Boy did that feel good. I stayed in for a while hanging on the side and watching the chickens and guineas go about their business. It is relaxing to watch everyone do their thing while cooling in the pool. Made me feel calm.

I also managed to do some painting this morning on the Bonnie and Clyde condo. It was rocking on noon and I decided that was enough outside.

Now I have had be a bit of lunch and I reckon I am going to see about some indoor chores. I am just pacing myself outdoors as it is just too hot to worry about things other than the well being of the animals. Going to try to inflate that mower tire this afternoon and put some Fix a Flat in it...do you know it has not rained in five days...ever since the mower was unusable? What do you think about that...some kind of conspiracy or something. ;) Maybe I can do some mowing this weekend, I think I would like that a lot.

I hope everyone is having a good day and staying cool.

8 comments:

ally123130585918 said...

Those swallows are lovely ~ sad about Ian finding one dead ~ sounds very relaxing sitting on the porch just watching them fly by ~ With that kind of heat it must be very hard doing anything ~ make sure you don't go overdoning things ~ having said that you sound like you have been really busy already ~ that dip in the pool sounded like heaven ~ I know how much the well being of your animals means to you ~ and rightly so ~ Hope you get of that rain you so need ~ Ally x
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wwfbison said...

I love the pictures of the babies...wow, they have quite a full house.  What a shame for the little one that drowned.  It is really hot & humid here as well - I know what you are saying about doing what needs to be done and let the rest wait until later.  The horses don't even want to go out!  We had a chicken escape last night, he was roosting in a tree.  I thought about your entry about the "dumb" chicken who died.  He is in now and very lucky and owl or fox didn't get him.
Take it easy and feel better.
Lisa

plieck30 said...

I like to watch the swallows too. We had a good shower today after not having any rain for several days. Stay cool, Paula

madcobug said...

I think swallows are beautiful. That's good on it not raininng for a few days so you can get some work done. Helen

mosie1944 said...

Great pictures!  Cliff won't let them build nests on our porch because of something we read about bugs infesting the home.  He knocks the nests down before they get a chance to lay eggs.

rooster1614 said...

Kelly,
I'm behind on your journal...I'm so glad that everything worked out with Sherry.  I'm sorry that you have been sooo sick, but I'm glad to hear that you're feeling much better.  Hope Shelby is also.
Hollie

mumma4evr said...

great bird pics!
Becky

nay0114 said...

Loved the birds... babies are so cute when they learn to fly.
Take care, Chrissie
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