Y'all are just gonna hafta put up with the next series of photos. There's no way I couldn't share 'em. (Click on any image you wish to see larger.)
So, can you tell what I did today?
I also got these shots:
Buffy, my most senior hen, who hatched my very first GrandChick Samantha 2 years ago. She has successfully hatched four small broods, from one to four chicks. She was JUST broody, but when I removed the egg upon which she was sitting (it was never gonna hatch) and replaced it with two from another broody's nest, she decided she wasn't going to be broody any more. Today.
This is my sweet, broody Alice Sebright. She's been broody in the top of the rabbit hutch for more than a month.... apparently her eggs haven't been fertilized of late. I'll see if she'll take the two Buffy refused..... The third photo is just to display the lovely lacing in her feathers. She had a lot of preening to do.
Carl and Miranda (Golden Lakenvelder) on a stroll together.
Edna up on the only porch railing section not inside the screened portion. What string?
This is Dylan. Jack, the more dominant of the two WCB Polish roos, <*shhhhhh!*> has been plucking feathers from Dylan's crest.
This is Edith again; s/he has the more nicely defined tail-feathers of the two turkey poults. Edna, however, is friendlier.
Speaking of Edna.....
Josie is the last of my four Trader Joe's white Leghorns, hatched on January 1, 2011. The other two Josies found good homes when I was offering hens with the bantam roosters I had to give up. TJ the rooster died a few months ago, up on the porch, apparently in some scuffle. As sad as that was, at least he was one rooster I didn't have to try to re-home.
Here's Miranda again. By the way, she used to belong to SunnyDawn. Miranda (formerly named Daisy) a bit more than two years old. She's the hen I saved from drowning (in another long post).
Oh, and about the Olmstead Homestead sign, yes I did order it online. It was extremely reasonable - only $40.00. Right here on eBay: