Category: The Barnyard
Recently, we bought 100 chickens. Now these little chickens, for a short time fit very easily into two paper boxes.
After they were delivered we transferred them into a stock tank with heating lamps over the top which they soon outgrew.
These little Chinese Geese arrived today. You can visit these babies or any animals in the barnyard on your next trip to May Farms! These feathered friends were not born here. Their feathers are soft and cuddly and they can not join their older friends in the water yet because they do not produce the oil like a mother goose provides for their young babies and they will get too cold. Until they produce that oil they will have to swim in climate controlled waters. Hope to see you at May Farms soon!
Here’s a check up on our bees that we introduced to May Farms a few weeks ago. These bees not only serve the purpose of producing honey but to also pollinate the crops! Our very own Grant took this great video of his first time checking on the bees by himself. Good job Grant!
On a day like today when nothing sounds better than a dip in the pond it only seemed fitting to visit the ducks and geese. As we head over to the pond we spot an egg a duck dropped on their way to the water. The ducks and geese make their way to the edge to greet us from the far side of the pond. The geese make a loud “HONK HONK” noise and the ducks a more reserved “meck meck meck” as if to express their excitement with visitors. “Come in! Sit down! Can we get you some… water?” Or maybe it’s more of a demanding “THROW US SOME BREAD LADY!” We throw in pieces of bread crumbs … The larger geese make it known that they are first to the rations while the ducks just hope something is thrown in their vicinity so they can avoid being “nipped” by George or Gracie – the two large Geese. We throw pieces toward the back so the less aggressive get a few bites too. Even a few fish skim the surface to snag a nibble.
Did you know we have a barnyard you can visit when you come to May Farms? Goats, Donkeys, Sheep, Cats and….We have 16 chickens in our coop! We call them “the girls” as we have no roosters and they cluck around like a bunch of teenage girls with something to say! They range in breed from Americaunas, Rhode Island Reds and Leg Horns. They lay about 8-10 fresh eggs a day and primarily in the afternoons.
The coop is in the process of getting a facelift with new paint and a spring clean! We have to make sure to keep things secure around the coop because often we see the tracks of those looking for chicken dinner or even their eggs, like fox, raccoon or coyote.
Next week we will be sure to show you the updated pictures of the coop!