The birds have been active here on Schoonover Farm. We have a pair of eagles doing acrobatics in the air above us. To my knowledge they have not eaten one of our chickens in a while now. This is one of them. The other one has immature coloring.
The chickadees have been hanging out in the willows by our back ditch recently for some reason. There were many in one plant, but the photo didn’t do them justice. So here is a close up of one of them.
A GBH has been hanging in the sheep pasture. Not sure why. This is not their typical behavior, but he is flying around normally so it must be her/his choice.
I did spare one rooster, one of the Bielefelders. He is a pretty bird and well behaved. He is big enough to hopefully be intimidating to the eagles, but he treats the hens well. They are described as having a docile disposition so hopefully he will be able to remain as a rooster on our farm. Plus if he produces chicks that become hens, they should produce beautiful eggs.
Chicken butcher day is always bittersweet. It is sad to catch the roosters and have them killed, but it is a lot more peaceful in the barnyard now. They are beautiful birds and they wouldn’t have lived if it weren’t for their ultimate purpose. I hope they had a good life while they were here. I know their end wasn’t without some fear, but I tried hard to make it as pleasant as I could. Plus it always seems to dump rain on chicken butcher day.