More baby birds!
Yesterday one of our Black Australorp hens hatched out two little chicks.
They're even smaller than the ducklings recently hatched and follow around on their mother's heels like little wind-up toys.
This is not a good picture but while I was watching them this afternoon, this little chick found an earthworm. It seemed as though he/she instinctively knew it was something good to eat but had a hard time figuring out exactly how to do so.
Mama hen came over, saw what the chick had, then walked away and I imagined her saying to herself, "He/she has to learn to figure it out for him/herself."
This trio of our Speckled Sussex birds posed for a picture. This Sussex breed is about the friendliest birds we've ever had.
Yesterday morning, before breakfast Papa Pea went out to do some weed whipping around the electric fence line of the poultry pasture. Part of the fencing goes along the woods line and there he was assaulted by hordes of no-see-um's. They bit right through his gloves (the kind with cloth over the back of the hand and rubber on the fingers and palms) to the extent he was almost going bonkers with the itching when he came in.
He slathered up with Calamine lotion which we've found to be the best in the case of bug bites. Good thing he had a head net on or he would have been in a lot more discomfort. Yep, the bugs are bad right now and we pretty much plan our times outside, to the extent we can, when they aren't present. (And why is it we choose to live here where the state bird is the mosquito?)