After Copper’s encounter with the coyote, I began to survey the area around the chicken coops. I tramped back into the woods  searching for the little Welsummer hen, or her brown feathers, and while I was investigating some crows started making a lot of noise in a large old tree about a 100 feet from the coop.

I’m loving crows right now. They alert the chickens every time a hawk comes by. And this evening the crows were dive bombing an owl that has her nest about 30 feet up in the crook of 2 large branches.

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Yes…she is a Great Horned Owl. While the crows persisted in their dive-bombing and cawing, the owl just sat there unwavering, as if it was no big deal. High above I noticed a hawk circling…you know here in Oklahoma the hawks make lazy circles in the sky.

OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I, Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin’ lazy circles in the sky.

Here’s an Oklahoma hawk…


I stood there and watched as the hawk lit on one of the branches near the owl and then dive-bombed one of the crows. Unbelievable!

Later on in the evening when it was quiet, the owl rose up out of her nest…


And flew off. And then a white fuzzy thing appeared…

baby owlA baby owlet…

Here’s another view…

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This morning when I went down to open up the chicken coops, I checked in on the owls.  Mama and baby were sitting together…

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Bargain for the Garden

I haven’t been home this last week, I’ve been up in the mountains… It’s so beautiful…


The air is so clean and fresh…the sky is so blue…but it is definitely not spring here yet, like it is at home.

I did find a great bargain for my garden at home that I wanted to share… a terra cotta quail. 🙂

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And not only this quail, but look what was inside…

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A little baby terra cotta quail…so cute!

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The price, in case you didn’t notice…$2.99!  Love this! I really have to go thrift store shopping more often. You never know what you’ll find.

A Baby Marans Egg

I have been checking out my 5 month old chicks to see if they were showing signs that they would be laying soon. I saw pictures that showed how in just a matter of weeks their combs and waddles can enlarge and get red. The day before yesterday I noticed that two of the chicks and Mr. Knightley were checking out the nest behind the hay bales where we found our surprise bunch of eggs not too long ago.


Funny that they would be looking there…This is the pullet that I thought would be the first one to lay…


You can see clearly that she is developing a nice red crown and waddles. But yesterday when I came down with my treat tray I noticed that one of the Black Marans chicks was missing. I looked all over for her and found her up in the sleeping coop. Way back in the corner she had formed a round nest.

Today, this is what I found…


I didn’t put nesting boxes in this coop, because I intended to move all the new chickens over to the big coop. I have been wondering for days how to go about doing this, but maybe the better plan would be to build nesting boxes onto this coop and let them stay there. It is definitely cozier.

So here she is. Her comb is not as red as the other one, but it seems like she laid the first egg.  I have been waiting to name them until their personalities developed a little more…Maybe Uno???

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Here’s her egg in comparison to the older hens…