Saturday, May 18, 2013

Animal Crackers - A quiet week

Howdy -

It has been a very quiet week around here. We are all still trying to deal with the loss of Tuco. The dogs keep looking for him. Heck I have too. So everyone here has gotten more hugs and loving than even normal. We have lost animals before, but this one is different. Hubby says some of that could be my hormones. But I don't know - he was my baby. We are all missing him so much as he was the middle of everything and the heart -

But I need to show off animals for today and stop talking about our loss.

Do some focusing on some of the smiles here - This photo has to make you grin -

My chickens this week have really been changing. The Wyandotts are really loving the outside pen. Other than the Guineas.. or should I say one Guinea... I think he is a male and is really a pain in the...

But back to the chicks... they are really friendly. Much more than the Rhode Island Reds. I go out at least twice a day to check food and water and have a little talk with them. They like it when they can eat out of my hand and I keep the Guinea from coming over to run them around the pen. Once in a while one will decide to do as the goats and step up into my hand and cover all the food from the rest .. silly chicks.

One day they will be all grown up and big, those Guineas will think twice about chasing them I bet. Then again the Guineas are probably going to be moving out of the pen in the near future. If we can get brave and let them out.

The Reds have started to go into the coop during the day and scratch around in and on the nesting boxes. That could be a good thing coming soon I think!! Scrambled or Fried?

I stuck my arm into the air vent at the top of the coop to get this photo... they are very private about being in the coop. Or maybe this was just all a gossip gathering to talk about that one Guinea?

Spent a little time in with the girls yesterday - until my skin started to look like the Rhode Island Red chickens...  All the girls have slicked off their winter fur or at least most of it off - there are a few though that I think we are going to have to help...

Sonia is one of those. She is still totally furry -

She hasn't minded too much yet, but it got to the mid 90's here yesterday and that coat is warm here in Texas. Might see if she will let me do some brushing out first before we do any shearing. She is such a petite little thing - and so sweet. Of course here she had found a little pile of good hay that had blown away from the group, so that was her priority.

Chachi on the other hand has learned from a few of the other goats.. protect the hay by laying right in the middle of it!

The boys are so cute. Need to all go but they are cute. We have loaned out Luke for awhile to a neighbor. She wanted to bring one of her girls here to get her bred. I thought about it and since her goat is more like a dog, and very special to her children I didn't want to have to keep her here and away from them. So I just loaned her one of the boys, Luke. Heck maybe they will fall in love with him and need to keep him too? LOL 

Only one more photo this week. Last week I showed you how Gato keeps stealing my chair. Well we got a second chair for the craft room/ office. Now their are two - and now Gato has found my photo table instead - 

 There is no more heat lamp from the chicks... so the photo lamps were a runner up. She is so funny - She messed up my blue back ground while making things comfortable - but you can't get upset with her. Even if I had cat hair all over the table to get off.

Well - we have a wedding today. Niece's big day. Out door wedding and so far the weather looks like it is going to be wonderful. Tomorrow I can show you her shoes we did for her to wear. Wanted to before but couldn't spoil the surprise you know.

Have a blessed wonderful day - and please hug your furry children ok?
HUGS and -


Anonymous said...

Tuco has been on my mind all week, so I can only imagine how you've been feeling. Very hard to accept that I won't see photos of his gorgeous face any more.
Great photos this week. The chickens are really getting big. I think you will have to do something about Sonya VERY soon, she's a very fluffy girl. :)
Have a lovely time at the wedding.

Martinas Welt said...

Love the photo of Gato! Looks like a model in the spotlight!! =)
We are missing our cat Flocke this week as well! he was our soul of the house, always looking for the other cats and a real male cat: loved sleeping and eating most! I always look at the window he jumps on when he wants in and his bed here inside. I have the feeling somthing bad has happened to him! he never was away for more than 2 days!!!
Again I feel so sad for your lovely Tuco! He still was a "baby" and soo cute and lovely!

Marilyn said...

Yes, Gato definitely looks like a star, like he lets you pay the rent. That pic shows off his colouring so well and he is very pretty. Chickens are getting big too and wow, Sonia must be cooking in that heat!

Carol Dee said...

My heart aches for you. He will be missed by so many cyber friends, too.
Gato is so pretty. I am rather partial to calicos. :)
Have a lot of fun at the wedding, can't wait to see her shoes.

okienurse said...

Love the chickee doodles! They are so cute. Those guineas are a pain in more then one way, very territorial. I remember you posted about being afraid of the coyotes getting them if they were let out. My folks guineas would chase the dogs, cow, and even people if they got in their space. They roosted in a tree outside the upstairs bedroom and would make a racket about dawn as they got down...OMG! first time I heard it I thought it was the end of the world. Hope your heart ache is easing a little. Have a better week next week. Vickie

Ellie Maggie said...

Thoughts of Tuco kept popping into my mind too and the heavy load you bear this week will hopefully be lightened by your niece's wedding. Looking forward to seeing her shoes, I'm curious! Love the photo of the 'mothers meeting in the coop and Sonia's fur looks like a cuddly bear! Just had to laugh at Chachi too. What is it with cats, just when we think we've understood them....we haven't! Enjoy the wedding. Ellie Maggie x

Danni said...

I haven't been by in a while to leave comments but always read/look at your posts. My heart is still breaking for you and wanted to send you hugs!!

Hubby and I are getting ready to embark on a new life outside the military and we have pondered the idea of chickens and goats...but we'll see.

Anyhoo, thanks for continuing to post your photos of your furry children as I, and so many others, so enjoy it!

More hugs!!

BethW said...

That is stunning picture of Gato-what a ham.I think he knew exactly what he was doing.I too thank you for the wonderful photos-they make such a happy difference in my life.All furry children hugged and loved.I am so sorry for your loss.

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Redlady said...

I have been giving my little furry baby extra loves and kisses this week. Your heart must be aching for your little Tuco.
Love the pictures this week but I've fallen for the naughty guinea fowl. He's so cute .
We are all thinking of you and your family

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