Friday’s Farm Fotos

It’s been a busy week on the farm, but I guess that’s pretty well normal!

The first group of keets has been reduced from 22 to 11. It doesn’t surprise me. The adults wander all over the farm, and don’t slow down just because babies with very short legs are trying to keep up. I’ve found keets peeping for their mama in the bottom pasture, the back pasture and the main pasture. I’ve found them in the back yard, the front yard, and by the driveway.

Mama guinea and her keets.

Mama guinea and her keets.

I don’t think these guineas will win any parenting awards. And there’s a second batch of keets now. This group had 18 keets, so if they lose half, guess we’ll end up with 20 more guineas. I think The Farmer is going to have to give up his “let’s see how many we can get” attitude and sell some.

We also have a few peachicks.  The hatch rate in the incubators isn’t too good.  We got 10 this year, but the first five died after we put them outside with some chicks. There are 4 outside now in a pen by themselves, and one in a brooder box that’s pretty sorry looking due to spraddled legs.

But the big news is…. TA DA! One of the peahens hatched out a couple of peachicks! This is the first time that’s happened. She had about half a dozen eggs under her. A few didn’t hatch, one was DOA, and two are running around after her now.

Mama Peahen fluffed up over her peachicks.

Mama Peahen fluffed up over her peachicks.

You can only see one of the peachicks here, but another is hiding underneath Mama Peahen.

We’ve had some pretty weather this week. Down by the pond we have not only blue dragonflies, but red ones.

What a handsome dragonfly!

What a handsome dragonfly!

All we need now is some white ones, and we could be quite patriotic!

There are also some pretty flowers nearby.

Flower in the bottom pasture.

Flower in the bottom pasture.

There are lots of flowers blooming.  We even have a blooming idiot.

Idiot to the left, blooming to the right.

Idiot to the left, blooming to the right.

Toby may be a bit crazy, and without any herding instinct, but he’s sure good company.  As for the flower, that’s Sedum ‘Matrona’ blooming. It’s a big favorite of the bees around here. It’s usually covered with little bumblebees and lots of other insects.

The Farmer has been busy on various projects. He put the new door on the bathroom last weekend. Here he’s using the old one for a new project.

The Farmer and his wooden rocket.

The Farmer and his wooden rocket.

Bet you can’t guess what it’s going to be!

And for the last picture in the Friday’s Farm Fotos group, here’s Redneck Samson, with his bit of grass hanging out of his mouth.

Redneck Llama

Redneck Llama

And that’s a glimpse of the past week here on the farm!

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  1. I’ve heard that guineas aren’t very smart. And now you say they are lousy parents. Reminds me of some people I know. It makes you wonder how they survive at all! I have no idea what The Farmer is building but my curiosity is piqued. I will stay tuned for further developments!

  2. Rural Writer says:

    No, guineas are NOT smart. They can fly amazingingly well, to the tops of tall trees, and yet they run up and down a 4′ fence trying to figure out how to get over it. Duh!

    When The Farmer gets the project done I’ll post pictures and tell what it is, unless of course someone guesses before then!

  3. What an amazing looking dragonfly…that guy looks completely different from the kind we have flying around here!

  4. Rural Writer says:

    Hey Farmgirl! Thanks for dropping by! Isn’t that dragonfly neat? And yesterday I saw a bright green one. Too bad I didn’t have my camera with me. Blue, red, green…. now I want to see a PURPLE one, ha!

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