“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Hoping For A Record

 Yesterday's blog generated a few comments about our lovely Steelers hen.  We actually have two of these black and gold beauties - gold-laced Wyandottes.  They came to us last year with the 7 chickens we were given by a friend who was moving across the country and could not take her flock with her.  We referred to them as the Russians, as their mama was of Russian heritage.

 As sometimes happens with chickens who are confined to a small, grassy yard... these two girls came to us with long, inward-curling toe nails.  This happens when chickens have no hard surface on which to scratch.  As a result, they walk a little funny and are hesitant to stray too far from their coop. Occasional cutting of their nails helps.

Another of our chickens that I think is quite striking is our Speckled Sussex.

As with birds, in general, it's the males that are the showiest and our Rooster, Elwood, is quite handsome,  as well as huge!  He's an excellent rooster and takes his job of caring for his girls quite seriously.  He also avoids all human contact, which is perfect after our history with roosters who would run us down and flog us!

Each morning, the last stop on our morning rounds is the turkey...

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