I’m so sorry readers, but I’ve been a very busy girl. As you’ve all noticed by now, Wootube has undergone a major facelift, thanks to my own personal WebJoe, and we’ve been working on perfecting that. Now I’m lashing him with a wet noodle to encourage him to work hard on getting the brand new Big Air Photography site up and running as well. You’ll notice it has its own tab up in the corner, but you can also get a bit of a sneak preview here. It has no real content yet, but as we continue to work on it, eventually you’ll be able to view the photos in a bigger and better fashion, clients will have their own login to view their galleries and yes – finally! – you will be able to purchase Big Air Photos if you so desire :)
This weekend I trial / work / trial so I won’t be around to update the blog. However, I don’t want to leave you all hanging, so before I run off to try and get Tweed’s Bronze Award of Merit this weekend, I thought I’d leave you with a couple of photos of the newest members of The Food Lady’s Farm.
Meet the Bantams!
And his lady love, Mrs. Bantam
These two itsy bitsy chickens were picked up as strays by Animal Control and never claimed. They are the cutest things ever! So far, the big chickens don’t mind them sharing their yard but don’t want them in the hen house, so as some point I will build the bantams their own house and yard, and get more lady bantams for the rooster to complete his harem! I am totally fascinated by these miniature chickens, who will allegedly lay tiny little eggs.
And speaking of eggs, my real sized chickens *FINALLY* gifted me with a real one, which they did not stomp to smithereens, or eat themselves. I recently tripled the size of their yard, and I think this egg was a thank you for my efforts.
Mind you, it is the world’s most expensive egg. When you consider the cost of building materials, feed and nesting materials that I have spent in the several months I have had them, this egg is worth a couple hundred dollars. It better taste REALLY effin’ good!
Happy Weekend everyone! Talk to you soon :)
I’ve been told chickens lay eggs depending on amount of light, food and happiness. Maybe by protecting them from the WooTwoo you’ve finally made them happy, full and bright!
OH NO! Another crowing rooster!!! (Who will likely claim the “big girls” as his, too, so more “little ladies” may not be necessary if keeping him busy is your goal.)
That’s a big egg!
I was thinking the same as Carol, the little rooster will probably claim the big girls before long. Give them time to get used to one another. You probably don’t need another pen for them. Glad things are going well for you and I love the changes to the site!!
I agree with Michelle and Amy, and, you know, banty roosters crow too:) We have a banty rooster with our big hens.
Oh, and now you can hatch your own chicks. Mrs. Banty will be sure to go broody after she’s been laying for a bit, and banty hens make the best mothers. The only thing is, probably half of the chicks will grow up to be roosters:(
They are cute though, the bantams, not roosters:)
Not sure if it’s a glitch or a feature (you know how computer folks always say something is a ‘feature’ when it’s a weird unexpected thing, instead of calling it an unexpected side effect) but when reading individual posts, as opposed to reading on the main page, the big photo header does not show.
And that makes me :-(
GL at the trials!
Katharine Swan says
Oh! I adore Mr. Bantam. Hopefully a little rooster will have only a little crow… You didn’t get along so well with the last rooster in the neighborhood. ;-)
Bantam eggs are tiny. But very, very tasty. Good luck with them–they look healthy and will certainly thrive under your care.
we used to have banties who looked just like that. they flew in and out of the chicken yard at will. sometimes momma banty would disappear for awhile, and then come cruising out of the forest with a dozen or so little chicks in tow. at least half of them grew into roosters.
Haha I have a spreadsheet to keep track of egg costs, after we acquired 2 hens (and then 2 more, who are too young to lay yet). It’s all fancible and things, and has a place for me to enter the cost when we buy food, and also credits the chickens for every egg we have not had to buy. At the moment, we’ve gotten 55 eggs and are down to a cost of $14.65/egg.
I miss your old header. : (
When Mrs. Banty goes broody (if you can find her nest) you can slip other fertilized eggs under her. My mum used to put duck eggs under her bantams; the hens would get so upset when the young ducklings went into the pond.
Banties are very brave – read willing to attack anything that moves if they feel so moved. Banty hens are great mothers and will aggressively defend their young. I have been spurred by Banty roosters many times for walking in a barn yard. This actually makes them apt to be able to raise their young. Unfortunately, I suspect the WooTwoo would be able to take them out.