“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

That's Entertainment!

 There's no doubt about it.  Animals are a major source of entertainment around the farm. 

There's nothing like sitting and watching the natural antics of any given species.  

Right now, the birds are especially entertaining.  After months of being sequestered in their yards (for their own safety... safely tucked away from foxes) - they are once again out and about, enjoying boundless freedom and a bounty of insects.

Each morning, the runner ducks' front gate is opened and they happily scamper out into the world.  Except for a couple of rest sessions, they spend their day canvasing the farm - from the edge of the woods and across all of the pastures - bills to the ground in search of tasty bugs.  I am hoping they happen to wander down to the orchard where a veritable (cicada) feast awaits them!

Naturally, the chickens are happy to be out and about once again.

Yesterday was a very big day for the chicks.  We decided to allow them access to their yards.  Hubbs secured the perimeter with small chicken wire to keep them from escaping and also to keep out any predators. 

 It took a little time for them to gather their courage, but eventually most of the piled out into the yard... if only...

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