Friday, May 30, 2014

Tiny One

Here is a baby tortoise I saw on my driveway. I had to stop and take a photo.

Yup, very few rings very young.

It is about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. I moved it off the driveway and back into the woods it went. A very healthy young one.

Spot Me

My neighbor's nanny had an unusual spotted Boer billy. While his brother is normal Boer this one is all spots.

Chocolate and caramel spots.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Flower Show

This year has been great for my peony flowers.

Finally the naturalized iris are blooming for the first time.

Humidity and dew on a sweet smelling iris in the chicken yard.
The air on my farm is perfumed with mock orange, honey suckle, peony and roses. I wish it could stay all year long.

Biting Melon

Melon the kitten is now a month old. He is eating dry cat chow and using the big cats litter pan. My life is easier.

He has gray eyes, nose and paw pads.

He also has tiny teeth to chew with. He uses them on us and the other cats. 

Chew time.

Now with more chewing. He should be growing out of this phase as he gets as much as he gives from the other cats.

Puffy Adder

This is what was lying across my driveway last week. It was a spreading adder or spread head as is locally called. It is a non venomous snake that eats toads and frogs.

I liked its markings

I got the whole hiss song and dance from this snake. It did not want to move off the driveway.

Such a cute tail all curled up.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Junior's Hens

This is our three year old rooster Junior. He is a leghorn/game rooster mix we raised ourselves. He takes great care of his hens and tolerates other roosters. His offspring have his long legs and smarts. We cull some of his sons that are too aggressive from the game bird side. Since he is getting older we are now raising some Welsummer roosters in his place.

Junior will never be culled but kept on until he dies of old age.

Some of Juniors hens after mowing the yard.

Zilla keeps watch over the poultry.

Headed back to the barn.

Blind Melon

Our orphan kitten has been named Melon. Since he has a ball shaped belly and tiny legs and head. He is about 4 weeks old now.

Melon is finally off of bottle feeding and is into tuna and kitten chow.

He still forgets about the no more bottle feeding and has to be shown the food bowl and litter pan. 
He also matches my toe socks.

We noticed he can hear and smell well, but his vision is slow coming along. It might be from his early starvation behind the walls where we found him. He also has a weak right back leg. This is not stopping him in the least.

Meeting with the dogs.

He has no fear of our other cats in the least.They hiss and growl and he keeps coming back for more. He is becoming a very hardy Missouri cat.

The Melon shape.

Sunlight and wind breezes

Meeting the dogs outside-no fear.

Trotting to the house following the scents.

Ready to go home.