Thursday, August 9, 2012

hippychick's extended wee farmy family




it's been a good while since i have posted anything about the wee homestead and so i thought it might be a good thing to get you caught up with the who's who in and about the place.  

folks you've met and/or heard of before: 
  • termite, mr. t, tebags and as of late, butterbutt - mr. t is my 19+ year old cat.  he's a big charmer but he also loves to wap things off of counters.  we give him more leeway than anyone else because i feel he has earned his old man crabby self every now and again.  he was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroid and is thankfully doing quite well on his new meds.  his most recent habit of knocking the cover off of the butter tray and eating good bits of butter for the past few days has earned him the new name butterbutt.  i might normally be more upset about this but he is in great need of some weight gain due to his condition.  just to note - the butter now resides in the fridge away from his clever paws. 
 
mr. t comfy in his chair
  • bella, pants, pants of destruction, fluffernutter, lala - is our several years old fluffy stray kitty girl who has taken quite well to interior living.  she loves to climb to the highest heights.  she is madly in love with opera kitty, our indoor/outdoor orange handsome fellow.  when he's inside, she's right next to him and he does not seem to mind.  she used to give poor old termite a good wacking just as he was nodding off to never never land but that has since changed with the addition of miss kaylee as a buddy who is closer to her age.
bella keeping an eye on the garden goings on and squirrels and birdies and bugs and lizards
  • opera kitty, steve mcqueen - opera as noted above is our indoor/outdoor orange kitty fellow.  he's my official farm catdog.  he does not bother the chickens, he allows raccoons to pass right by and it seems he does the same with several of the mices i have seen in the garagebarn recently.  he better get on that real soon.  or maybe several of the other 3-4 kitties that hang about the place wandering in from local neighborly spaces for the abundant shade offered here.  opera is an opportunist.  he has been spending more and more of what i call "vacation days" in the home.  when it gets hot here in central texas, he opts for the air conditioned in door environment.  he's no dummy.  
opear kitty on garden patrol
  • miss kaylee - miss kaylee is a yorkie/schnauzer mix pup that we adopted in february of 2o12.  she is two and loves loves loves to play with bella/pants.  they get along great.  at first bella wanted nothing, NOTHING, to do with such an odd looking creature but now they play, sleep and often get into trouble with one another.  miss kaylee is a sweetie girl except when it comes to the bed at night - she has declared "no kitties oh the bed at night" and so it goes.  good thing there are three beds and copious comfy locals for the kitties to enjoy.  miss kaylee loves to play, enjoys morning and evening belly rubs, loves to be close to mama and daddy and really enjoys romps with other puppies at the doggie park.  miss kaylee does not like water - maybe that will shift over time. 

miss kaylee and papa enjoying some out of doors pub time
  • bunbun is doing very well.  he is now in a much bigger bachelor pad with ramp and hiding spots.  he is still located near the chickens as i believe he enjoys their company.  bunbun spends a little time inside with us every now and again.  he likes scratches and schooches between his bunbun ears and on the underside of his chin.  he's the softest sweetie about the place. 
once a chicken tractor, now a bunbun bachelor pad
  • the beehives are also doing well.  i have yet to get inside and harvest honey this year but the flight patterns and the populations look particularly strong.  the spring and summer rains have helped out a great deal with their health.  they frequent my wee fish pond as a water source.  it's lovely to see them setting upon the lily pads enjoying a cool drink. 
bee hives doing well
  •  the fishes are doing swimmingly.  i moved them to a shadier spot last fall as the heat of last summer proved a huge challenge to the health of all.  the lily pads are growing in nicely and they are growing bolder when i come visiting with pro biotic fishy foods. 
the water is no longer as clear as pictured here but the fishes are doing a-ok
then to the chickens: 
    i love this photo of the girlies in early morning light
  • we still have our layer girls, a good number of them and they are doing great.  i keep the girls in two flocks, each with one rooster.  declan watches over the what i call the outside girls and rooroodaddy watches over the garagebarn girls.  all is well, both roosters are sweet as pie and not rough with the girls.  if ever they are, i'm in the coop correcting behaviour immediately. 
pretty girls
  • we are the proud space sharers of a small flock of historic bastrop feral chickens.  last year we were joined by tarzan rooster and the janes (2 females).  we have witness several hatchings in the past year.  some made it some did not.  we had to live trap and relocate a number of pesky raccoons in the process of their growth.  those who have made it through are fine and well and often hang out with our layergirls.  they roam the yard and the neighborhood when they like but roost in the live oaks above our place.  it's quite nice.

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