Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chicken Delight

Some days when I've been going full steam ahead and need a breather, I fantasize about being one of our chickens.


They have such a lovely, large pasture in which to spend their days.


Even a pond to dip their thirsty little beaks in if they wish.


And how many chickens have a rose bush in their yard?


Enclosed in their pasture is an area of heavy vegetation where they can always seek cool shade (not that it's been needed much this year) and safe hidey-holes from those occasional nasty hawks flying over.  This is the view of the east end of the chickens' woods we see from the end of our house.  I just love the way it looks this time of year when the trees and bushes are leafed out.  Through the arched opening is their chicken house to the left.


Here's another view of the same area.


This is the north side of their pasture line running along the end of the driveway coming into our place.  The bunch of trees you see across the end of the pond is the opposite end of the tree shelter that has the archway into it.


The chicken house itself is in desperate need of some serious rehab.  We keep telling the chickens it's on the list for this summer, but even if it doesn't get done they have a large "solarium" attached to their house where they spend winter days basking in the warmth and sunshine.

They eat sumptuously on whole grain scratch, fermented milk, laying mash and all those good kitchen scraps.  Plus this time of year they have all the grasshoppers they can catch.  And they never have to cook or wash a dish.

Yup, being one of our chickens doesn't sound like it would be too tough some days.

20 comments:

Carolyn said...

Great tour of your chicken yard. Yes, they are lucky chickens. Just make sure you don't wish to be one of MY chickens....as I'm about to lop the heads off at least one that has pissed me off.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Very nice, I like your fencing. Those have to be happy birds.

Sandy said...

Sounds like your chickens are enjoying life to it's fullest. :-)

Beautiful yard!

Tombstone Livestock said...

So lush and green and with a pond no less, lucky chickens.

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - I think I'll make sure to stay away from your place. Bwaaak, bwak, bwak, bwak.

Mama Pea said...

Sunnybrook Farm - The fencing is electrified and does a good job of keeping other critters out, too!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Thank you!

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - We don't have any geese or ducks right now, but they really enjoyed the pond. And we enjoyed seeing them there, too.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I don't know- being eaten by a hawk might stink!

Sue said...

Criminey! People pay MONEY to spend their vacations in someplace like that! Lucky lucky chickens.

Stephanie said...

Wow, I think I want to be one of your chickens too :) Do you offer discount stays?

Mama Pea said...

Little Homestead - OR ending up in the stew pot which is what happens with all our old birds!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Do you really think people would pay to come sit in a lawn chair in the chicken pasture? And maybe do some mowing? Or weeding? Or . . . Hey, do ya think we could get something goin' here??

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Yes. For you AND your chickens! When you get them. ;o}

Susan said...

What's the weekly rent? Do your chickens need a housemother? Can I volunteer? I am NOT going to let my girls see this post....

Kelly said...

Lucky chickens ☺

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Their pasture is way bigger than our birds need, so bring your chickens! You're so good with different species of animals that with you as an animal housemother in residence, we would no doubt quickly populate the acreage with all kinds of critters!

Mama Pea said...

Kelly - Yes, I think they are!

Lisa said...

I have never thought about being a chicken, but after this lovely post complete with beautiful scenery and amenities, will think about that in the future. Your chickens are well taken care of and a lucky flock. Beautiful place y'all have there.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - Thanks, m'dear! Truth to tell, I wouldn't really like to be a chicken. Who wants to be referred to as a "bird brain?" ;o)