This week I am off work, but staying at home and trying to stay offline. It is a week of rest and relaxation. Unfortunately the first few days have been ruled by my tonsils, but they are improving thankfully, so I hope to get some fun in before the week is through.
For now, it’s all about rest. Every morning I get up early and take my blankets and pillow out to the yard to hang with the flock.
Carol likes to get up at 5:30am, but I don’t like the flock to be in the yard unattended, so I nap out there until late morning. As you can see, Cindy Buttons keeps me company. She is a great nap companion.
The rest of the chickens tend to stand close and stare at me while I sleep.
It’s a little disconcerting to wake up to a chicken staring at you, inches from your face. But I think they are waiting and hoping “the treat dispenser” wakes up and gets them treats. They are good and quiet until I’m ready to get up.
O’Malley is good company in the mornings too, but he tends to bite to wake me up so he can snuggle. That’s not quite as restful.
In the evenings, I head back outside to spend more time with the flock. Cindy Buttons is always ready to spend more time visiting, and hops right up onto her spot on my ankle or leg or lap or whatever works. She is such a sweet girl.
Simon enjoys this time in the yard, too. He has a great time watching the little birds like sparrows, wrens and black-capped chickadees.
It’s interesting to spend this much time with the flock. They are friendlier after just a few mornings together, and I am learning even more about their communication. Here Petunia begs to be let inside this pen so she can steal some of Danny girl’s eggs. I gave her 3 of Danny’s eggs and now she stops begging to get inside.
She is too old to lay eggs herself anymore, so I thought it would be nice to share. She has never been really friendly, but lately she will let me catch her and pat her just a bit, as long as I’m nice about it.
She also sits very close to me in the yard, and will come to me for treats. It’s nice after all these years to gain more of her trust.
Everyone else is doing well and we’re having a good, lazy week.
Lionel Ernest, the adorable little pastel call duck, goes back to the vet tomorrow to make sure his latest antibiotic is helping his foot. You can kind of see that it is still swollen. It may still need to be cleaned out, but it’ll be good to see first that the infection is improving before we try to do something more invasive.
That’s it for now. We’ll be loafin’ around all week, so stay tuned.
Quacks and clucks,
Tiff & the flock