Friday, October 1, 2010

Fried Chicken, or Roasted Turkey?

The weather has been lovely the past few days with low's in the upper 50's and mid 80's in the daytime.  We’ve been staying outside as much as we can.  Al spent some time yesterday cleaning out the weeds  and previous garden items from the chicken coop.  He planted some snow peas.  We like to plant things in there because it’s enclosed and nothing can eat our veggies.  Like our friend,  Bunny Rabbit. 

We got up this morning and opened up the doors to enjoy the sounds of the birds and enjoy the cool weather.  I kept hearing a noise in the back yard but didn't know what it was.

Al's friend "Cowboy" was on the back porch, seemingly asking if Al could come out to play :)  I don't have a picture of him, but he's a little black and white dog that lives nearby, and he’s become Al’s new best friend.  I thought the noise I was hearing was him, but it wasn't. 

Here's what I found.


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I think there were 4 Roosters and one Turkey.  The turkey was kicking up and digging just like the roosters.  I don’t know if that’s a turkey thing too, or if he learned it from the roosters?

They were having quite a time digging and kicking up mulch looking for insects.  They made quite a nice mess too!  We didn’t mind them around the Mimosa tree because it’s just grass clippings, but then they headed toward the pool area where Al has been putting nice pretty mulch in there.  It was time to chase them out of there :)    They weren’t a bit afraid of us, and we actually thought they were kind of cute.

However….all of a sudden, Al remembered, that he had just planted a bunch of Snow Peas in the chicken coop and the gate was open!  Oh, no….we didn’t want any chickens there …in the chicken coop!  He ran out and closed it before any damage was done.  We’ve never had any chickens since we’ve been here.  We thought about it for a while since there was already a chicken coop here, but we decided that would be just another “pet” to worry about and we sure wouldn’t have eaten them!  I’d have worried about them in the rain or cold too.  So anyway, it’s nice to have the neighbors stop by to visit.

Here are a few pictures of south Georgia in the fall.

This is from a Confederate Rose.  The bloom is larger than a mans hand and the tree is at least 30 feet tall with tons of flowers getting ready to bloom.  Unfortunately, it blooms late in the year and the frost kills it.







pidge said... [Reply to comment]

Love the chickens and the fall pictures are great. I know what the purple berries are, but can't remember right now. Sure are pretty though. Stay safe.

Wayne and Roberta said... [Reply to comment]

Where did the visitors come from. Great pictures.

Karen and Al said... [Reply to comment]

Pidge...those are Beauty Berries

Wayne and Roberta...the visitors belong to a neighbor. He used to keep them cooped up but has decided to let them roam now. We just saw our long lost fox so he's probably heard the news. Sure would hate to see anything happen to them, they are so pretty.

Margie and Roger said... [Reply to comment]

Never knew a chicken could be pretty but that white one was. The Confederate Rose is gorgeous - never saw one of those.

Maybe you should have put the chickens in the chicken coop and sold them with the house - might be a "perk" for someone, you never know.

Judy and Emma said... [Reply to comment]

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. He had better keep on eye on that turkey! :)

Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

How funny...very interesting visitors.
Love your pics today!! Fall is really in the air around here as well. Isn't it great???

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Merikay said... [Reply to comment]

I've put Georgia on our someday fall list. I have not visited much of the East Coast.

30 years ago we did drive from Wisconsin to Florida in December, and I have been to the DC area a couple of times, but not Georgia.

Charles said... [Reply to comment]

Great photos and excellent blog. I enjoyed it very much. All the best.

TexCyn said... [Reply to comment]

Perhaps you should name your Ga homestead Turkey Trot? Very cute & fun to watch all of them. But yes, those birds can rip up the grounds like nobody's business! At least you don't have any loose hogs running about...yet... ;-)
It's beautiful there!

Kate said... [Reply to comment]

Your pictures are just stunning! I just discovered your blog, looking forward to more.