Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Population Control; Not So Much


      These little Japanese Bantams are amazing little chickens.  Hearty, independent, and self sufficient, they only get a handful of scratch from us most mornings.  They roost in the barn above the sheep, away from the claws of predators. We originally got them to control the fly population in the barn.  They have done a terrific job.  In addition to all these skills they are also masters at procreation.  Our mission this summer has been population control.  We did well finding all those hidden little eggs.  Well until now. This hen showed up last week with 10 little ones!  So much for population control.


  The newly hatched chicks are about the size of a silver dollar. 









They are great mothers, teaching their young all about foraging. Also keeping them far from my camera, dang!












Members of the Sheep clan of McTavish Farm.  Waiting for rain and dreaming of green grass.
Mira Loo on watch.