Thursday, May 18, 2006
"Topper" looks like he needs a haircut! This suppose to be hen turned out to be rooster is guarding his hens very well. I go in to feed them and they all come running and he tries his best to stay between me and his special hens. Seems like he has picked his chosen ones and the other suppose to be hen but are roosters have picked theirs. If a hen happens to go with the wrong group the rooster will go after her and give her a good talking to while pushing her back to his group. I have enjoyed watching them this afternoon while I cleaned out their pen. The roosters accept Miss Diva though and even hop on her back and ride around. They are crowing more and more every day. The bantams are so funny crowing. They sound like a teenager changing their voice. Topper and Boss sound like they have been crowing forever. To see them strutting their stuff around and spreading the feathers you would think they were the kings of the world. Now if I can just be patient a few more months for the hens to start laying all will be well in the chicken world. As for the wildbirds around here... I am going to have to take out a loan to buy bird seed if they don't stop bringing their friends at feeding time. I usually have 2 pair of cardinals each year but this year I have 3 sets. Have 4 huge blue jays, lots of wren, robins, finches, doves,scrub jays,2 downey woodpeckers, 2 redheaded woodpeckers, 1 (that I saw) red-bellied woodpecker, bunches of tufted titmouse and 3 sets of hummingbirds. Of course we have the owl in the big oak tree out back but he just sits there. These birds come early mornings and almost wipe out the feeders. I fill them up and they come back early evening and go at it again. The thistle socks I only have to fill twice a week but all the other feeders and I have lots I fill twice a day. The squirrels do go after a couple of them so I don't put much in those. The ones the squirrels can't get to I fill all the way. Some have regular wild bird seed and some have songbird seeds and some have sunflower seeds. I have squirrel feeders that I put sunflower seeds, peanuts and corn on, plus I have a wire hanger that I hang corn in for the squirrels. That's my stress release... Watching the birds at the feeders and birdbaths. Its so relaxing watching them so I shouldn't complain about the amount of birdseed we go through. William will be home soon so if I am not around the blog neighborhood very much the next few days I will be spending time with him. We have lots to do and places to go so it will be a busy few days. I will try to catch up on a few blogs a day when I check email so everyone have a great weekend, enjoy the birds, enjoy your home, enjoy your family and friends and most of all enjoy your blessings no matter what size they may be!