This is Hazel, one of our new Barred Rock Chicks and she is the watchdog of the whole group. When we go to add food or change their water, she is right there and she will peck at us like we are intruders. We had another hen earlier that did the same thing – she didn’t like us messing with their stuff. So the two chicks and the six guineas are growing up and quite fast. They have been out in the bigger cage in the barn for 2 weeks now and I am in the process of training them by shaking a container and calling Guinea Guinea …..ttttreats and giving them a handful or two of little millet which they love. I did read up on this and hopefully it will work when they are let out to the great big world out there. There has been a raccoon around the property so we make sure to have the barn all locked up at a pretty early hour.
We opened the cage door and sat for about an hour in the barn observing the behavior of the baby birds. Almost instantly the two chickens hopped out and began searching the area and of course the little guineas wanted no part of leaving their cage. They paced back and forth and peeked outside, but had no intention of following the chicken’s lead. It may take many more days of this patient waiting for them to move on out or maybe forever … they are so hesitant of everything! They are making the distinctive “buck wheat” sound and at times are rather loud … we were warned by many that they are loud, so we are ready! They are getting those pretty guinea feathers now and soon their neck and head will be bald – I am sure that will be quite the site when it happens!
We did have another successful day at the Farmer’s Market yesterday and I did post a photo of the two of us featured on the front page of the local paper on my Facebook page. We knew we were photographed and many others were also but didn’t realize our photo hit the front page until our Farmer Friends stopped by and mentioned seeing us in the paper! How cool is that!
We had Wild Blackberries to take this week to the Market and they were a challenge to gather since we have the thorny version and quite the patch of them. We suited up with jeans, gloves and even a jacket for the tougher areas and ended up with 4 lbs. nice!
I also took some time this week to experiment with making some new products using beeswax and the result was some Lip Balm! It needs some tweaking but I am applying it several times a day and I really like it! I have on my list Bug Cream and a Basic Lotion so I need to spend some time researching both of those.
Hope you had a fantastic week and wishing everyone a Happy First Day of Summer!!