I don't know much, but I do know one thing--cooler weather can make all the difference. Just ask Milton's momma.
She's a cat on a lukewarm wooden roof.
I went to school today, came home, and got so much done! The turkeys supervised while I cleaned shop.
The bees were busy as...bees.
The chickens enjoyed their afternoon outside as well.
They "helped" me by cleaning up some of the rotten produce that I cleaned out of my garden.
They vacuumed up the veggies like little hoovers.
Or perhaps you could call them "Cluck Busters."
Okay, okay, Charlie--I promise no more puns!
And I will resist mentioning anything about having nice melons....
But I am pleased with how the watermelon and cantelope are coming along in this drought!
I threw one into the girls' pen that was a little too ripe to eat. Paula inspected it, but they weren't interested in my garden leftovers.
This marigold was in full bloom--seemingly defiant against the harsh conditions it survived this summer.
As I cleared out the weeds I discovered a nest my hens had made when they were still able to roam around free-range. Silly chickies.
After cleaning out my garden I did chores. Fabian is now separated from his mean old sisters.
He was losing some weight because they wouldn't let him eat and I'm not feeding extra like I used to since we are facing a significant hay shortage. So far Fabian seems to like being by himself ok...especially at feeding time!
Times like this make me miss the days of plenty. I yearn for the days I could let them eat alfalfa free choice--days that probably won't return again for many, many months, but we'll get by and no one is going hungry, which is the important thing.
I also managed to get some video of my rooster doing what he does best:
And that's what I call poultry in motion.