A Beautiful Day
My blogging buddy who happens to live very closed by at Howling Hill came over for the afternoon yesterday. I had such a great time. She brought her new puppy Athena over and they met the horses. She wanted Athena to meet them up close and personal so she could be calm when she meets others on their walks down at the old village. She did super! Athena is such a nice puppy and very smart too. I hope I get to baby sit some time. (Hint, hint and a wink, M.)
Dalton had a play mate all afternoon and he was very happy. He took a nap I’m sure while we were gone and was still sleeping when I got back. This morning he and Daisy are sleeping in a bit. 🙂
We went to the Farmer’s Market that was a lot of fun. I came home with fresh brownies and Daisy shared them with her Puppa. It was a bummer that this is not my shopping week there were some nice green house veggies there and raspberries too. But that’s ok because I can just go over the hill and through the woods to the farm and get some next week.
I actually have been drooling over the tomatoes for a few weeks now. My niece and I tried to pick strawberries there and they weren’t open for picking that day. The tomatoes, a whole green house full, were just starting to ripen.
After supper I went to a friend’s house and picked up 8 Guinea foul that she had hatched the day before. 4 are going to stay here at the farm and 4 are going to another home over the weekend.
I’ll have to do some reading to find out more about them. I do know they are very good at eating bugs especially Japanese beetles and ticks which is why I wanted them. From what my friend tells me if I keep them confined for 8 weeks after that I should be able to let them out to roam free and they will come back home each night to roost. She tells me the eggs are very good and 2 Guinea eggs is equal to 1 large chicken egg. She also tells me they roast well and are very tasty.
I was told when I was deciding on a breed of chicken for here at the farm that Black Java were very friendly and calm. I tend to believe this now. I haven’t had a lot of recent interaction with many breeds of chicks but boy these little fluff balls are FAST and very nervous. I find the Delaware to be a bit nervous too and neither are as friendly as the Black Java.
Does any one know any thing about Guinea foul?
Speaking of Black Java, our sassy teenager rooster Stewie is starting to become a bit aggressive. Nothing major just yet but he does try to challenge me by giving me the stretched out neck stare down with his feather up on the back of his head. I pick him up, turn him over on his back and make of him, check out his feet & wings. I then put him back on the ground between my feet and tap him gently a few times on the back before I let him go. He will run away and the next few times, he is ok when I go to see him. There is a great article about keeping roosters here, and it goes pretty much with what the chicken guy down the road told me too. He also told me that when I go to care for the chickens to wear a ball cap and always swat the rooster away, after a bit when he sees the cap he will stay away from me. I told the guy I didn’t want the rooster afraid of me, and his answer was he won’t be afraid but respectful. A rooster will not approach the dominate rooster-EVER.
Monday I set these strawberries to macerate in the refrigerator to make jam. I am using a recipe I was given a few years ago by a friend, but I have seen it on the internet. It is a Christine Ferber recipe for Strawberry with Black Pepper and fresh mint. So that is what I will be doing today. There are 5 pounds of berries and they should make 2 batches of jam.
And this afternoon I think I will give the horses a bath.