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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Chickens, Cows and a Rabbit
The past couple of days have have been overcast and pretty mild, so some of the chickens have been venturing out into the snow. This morning, some of Lacey's kids tentatively exited the coop. These are the chicks that Lacey secretly hatched out at the end of October, much to my dismay. Nine of the ten survived and are growing into the craziest-looking chickens.
Lacey, in the bottom right corner, with a few of her offspring. No two chicks look the same, and they seem to have gotten the wackiest possible combinations of their parents' traits.
As I was filling the cows' watering tank, I noticed a rabbit nestled next to the barn. Nutmeg was on his trail, sniffing closer, but still oblivious to the rabbit only a few feet away, so I quickly called her out through the gate. The rabbit stayed motionless while I got my camera.
I think this is the rabbit that lives in the loafing shed and leads the dogs on so many merry chases. He is often around during chore time.
When I got too close he leaped across the snow, scurried under the fence and hopped off on a path through the woods. The dogs are still off tracking him now, an hour later.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.