Some of our animals have been causing trouble lately. Reuben, the Jersey steer, has decided he likes climbing up onto the compost pile (the bin is open on one side and the contents frozen) so he gets a high vantage point. I was worried he might be able to jump over and out of the pasture, so I barricaded it with some old wooden trellises-- which he transformed into kindling. Then, he began reaching over from his compost platform and pulling apart the roof of the loafing shed! Time for some serious barricades.
The other day I noticed Cocoa carefully carying a small tan ball and I called her over to play fetch with her--however, it turned out not to be a ball but an egg! That's how I discovered she has been serving up her own breakfast - fresh eggs from the chicken coop. Now we are making sure to close the coop door so she can't get in, hoping she forgets about this delicacy by spring.
Our foundling rooster, Knickerbocker, has seriously frostbitten his comb. He lives inside the coop with the other chickens but he is the only rooster suffering from significant frostbite, maybe because he is the only rooster who sported such an outrageously large, fancy comb. It has turned black and I am told that part will fall off and he will look more like a rose-combed rooster. He still acts like a dandy, though.
Ptarmigan, the Brahma rooster, is not really causing trouble, other than being his naturally bossy self. I just included his photo because he looks so cute in the snow. His feathered feet are like big snowshoes.