The State of the Birds (Address)
Geese: They’re almost full-sized at three months of age, and they do everything together. They are impervious to rain, nibbling worms from the yard through rain and shine alike. They chatter at us when we approach them.
Ducks: The ducks wander around the land as they please. There is a clique of three males that are often seen harassing a certain female. The ducks look healthy, and casually avoid us for the most part.
Hens: Our thirty-odd ladies are slowing down in their egg production, yielding less than two dozen eggs daily. Hens in their prime lay an egg a day, and production declines as they age. On top of this, we are facing a loss from hens flying the coop and laying in shrubs. We recently fortified the fence, but the ones with full wings can hop it. Catching the birds is the hardest part of clipping their wings. We might try getting them as they wake up, since they all return to the barn for bed. Wouldn’t want to disturb their sleep! Luckily, we have more eggs on the way. Read on to find out how!
Exotic Birds: The lone Guinea fowl seems kind of detatched from other livestock. The peacock crows loudly throughout the day, likely in search for a mate. Lucky for him, a peahen showed up on the farm out of nowhere and has been living with us for a few weeks now. They don’t spend much time together, but were spotted sharing a rooftop the other night.
Adolescent Meat Birds: Our field chickens and turkeys have braved the recent storms and are continuing to grow steadily. We did lose one to the hard rain and wind after the roof of the tractor blew off fretfully one night. The roofing has since been replaced with stronger hardware.
Toddler Meat Birds: A flock of new chicks arrived in yesterday. They are starting off in our small movable coop on the mowed lawn, and will follow the same course of the older meat birds, only maturing a month later. Staggered growth provides us food year-round. We’ll be busy constructing a larger pasture tractor for these little guys in the next two weeks.
That’s what’s doin’ with our birds.