Today we peek in on the barnyard at Casa de Pulga. The fowl that are mine are having a great time this spring. Say hello to Jimmy the Duck.
Jimmy is loving the spring weather. Rain is his favorite thing, mucking about in puddles, splashing the girls, mocking me. He’s also wishing I’d get a girl duck to keep him happy, but that’s not going to happen. So I endure the indignity of Jim making sweet, sweet love to my pink Crocs. And biting my ankles. You’re welcome.
The girl fowl have been shut up in the chicken yard most of winter, with occasional periods in the yard at large. There’s just not much for them to do in winter, and their own yard is rather large. But they were out quite a bit this weekend, and they took full advantage of it.
We love our fowl. We love our lunch. The chickens love our lunch. For Pete’s sake, they had an entire ripe papaya to eat, but they chose my gluten free sandwich?!
Mary Ann, especially, is a pig. A fowl pig. And by the way? I put the papaya in the chicken yard and by next morning they’d reduced it to a paper thin shell.
I know you’re all curious about the tiny fowl, yes? We had company yesterday, kids come specifically to visit the wee chicks. Quick PSA – please don’t buy chicks for your children unless you plan on raising chickens anyway. Kids are a little rough with them, unless in a very controlled environment. Chicks are delicate and easy to harm or kill. Super cute, but not great pets.
When I let the babies out, either to roam the living room (yes, I’ll be Rug Doctoring the living room once the chicks have moved outside – the dogs aren’t thorough enough when they clean it up) or to be held, I always put the dogs away. Flash and Patches ignore the chicks, because they’ve been taught to, and Chewy has learned that they’re off limits if they’re on my shoulders. But if one jumped to the ground, I know the temptation would be too great and he’d want to grab it and toss. Likewise, Gadget can’t be trusted AT ALL with the chicks. So away they go.
I swear, I’m never going to have a clean house.
So! Just a reminder, Gadget is still up for adoption. I’m willing to drive several hours from Tulsa if the home is right. Talk to me, people. And I’ll leave you with a parting image of one of this month’s yummy treats from Jones Natural Chews. They make my dogs smile. Naturally.
Until I write again …
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