Ozzy ( cows and chickens - and The Who)
He's another of my friend, Bonnie's Collies!
Isn't he a good looking guy?
I think so!
Here he is, freshly groomed!
*Ozzy is the star of my blog today!*
Yesterday was a weird kind of day, here on this little farm!
First off- there's the chicken thing! As stated before we gave up on having chickens a few years ago. I just got tired of having them taken by hawks and animals, in the night! Actually, I have had hawks swoop down and take the baby chicks , 2-3 feet in front of me! Not fun to see! So finally I decided I had seen enough and experienced enough of that kind of heartache! (I always became attached to my little hens-and roosters...most had names.)
Recently our neighbors have gotten a rooster and 2 hens. They roam the whole property...but I don't plan to become too close to these birds- so if they disappear it will not be a personal loss for me!
Yesterday Charles delivered a load of hay to an old neighbor friend who lives about 3 miles from us. Hay has been scarce lately so when Charles is able to get extra he is always willing to share. He stayed and chatted for a spell with Mr. John.
On his return home some chickens calmly walked off the hay trailer, as if on a planned trip! I told Charles they were on a field trip for the day! We were both amazed that they hadn't flown off in the distance traveled...but there they were-a handsome rooster and two fine hens!
Immediately, the 2 roosters got in a heated argument! (fight) I saw from my window and went out with my camera but was too late to get the real action. Here they are with the stow away rooster in retreat!
We were in a quandary as how to handle this situation, because you can't catch chickens by just walking up to them. Charles said he would offer to buy them . Might make things easier all around! ( and I would be back in the chicken business!) But we knew the chickens were not Mr. John's, but his granddaughter's... and , she,( like I always did) makes pets of her chickens! And she would want then returned.
We decided we'd have to wait until night when the chickens found a place to roost! Did you know you can shine a flash light on a roosting - sleeping chicken, and walk right up to it and pick it up! (they become totally helpless while roosting!) .....But- being the worrier I am- I was afraid they would find a high tree for the night and we'd be unable to get to them! I desperately hoped to be able to return these pet chickens to the neighbor girl!
At dusk I looked around but couldn't find them! :( Charles said he'd wait until it got completely dark before looking further...
Meanwhile...something else was developing... After dinner the door bell rang- I let Charles answer. It was 2 police personnel - to inform him there had been a complaint of some of his cows out! They also told him it was a criminal offense to not maintain your fences and let this happen! :) They were willing to give him a break, since he is not a habitual offender in this 'crime!' Of course he went right down to check things out!
Turns out the 2 calves were NOT ours! It was just assumed because we have cows- and these calves were near our pasture- that they were ours! We figure they must have been bought recently at the cattle sale by someone around here- and they were just scared and got free to wander around - lost and scared!
Get this... the cops asked Charles if he would keep them! And if they are not claimed, they're his! LOL! Well, they are still there this morning-and settled down nicely with our herd!
Back to the chicken story... Upon looking around (after the calf deal was over) Charles discovered the chickens were roosting for the night in an open shed he has- so he called the neighbors who owned the chickens . They came over- armed with a flash light-and took them-one by one!
The guy jokingly said, "Charlie, if you want chickens that bad we'll give you some! You don't have to steal them." ;)
A VERY strange day!
Late last night - To Relax- :) - I got into a C/L of some WHO vids! Had a good ole time!
Got to bed very late, but up at my usual time!
Wonder what this day will bring!
Hope yours is a good one!