Easter at Out to Pasture

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpring has sprung in the dining room, even though it is just above freezing outside. There are no small children in the house so we don’t spend a lot of time on holiday decorations any more. You may note that our eggs are  naturally colored by the “girls” (chickens) themselves. I am a small time collector of various kinds of pottery and am always willing show it off . Creating a quick vignette on the dining table, the sideboard or the coffee table is a quick and easy way to decorate for the season. Spring stuff can stay out until I’m sick of it-or the start of real summer. Most of my vignettes are created on a  tray of some sort to make it easier to clear the center of the table for the food. Just pick up the tray and set it on the sideboard. Speaking of which-here is a glance at the quick sideboard vignette.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow it is time to show off some of the real deal down here on the farm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Cascade, affectionately called Cas.  A beautiful New Zealand rabbit who is part of our breeding program i.e. she is a keeper, not destined for the kitchen. Our buck has just come of age, and Cas will soon be bred.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow these two characters are some of my oldest hens. They love to mug for the camera and think that there may be some kitchen scraps as payment for posing so prettily.

On the left is a 4 year old Ameracauna, creator of those lovely pale turquoise eggs in the first picture. On the right is good ole Olive, she is a 5 year old Buff Orpington. Later this month we will be visiting a hatchery, here in Ohio, and picking up a batch of Buckeye chicks to raise. Our flock has gotten so old that they decline to lay when it is hot or cold…So some new blood needs to be infused. Included in our order will be two Buckeye rooster chicks. We are hoping that we can rear at least one of them to replace our beloved Prince, a bantam Cochin, who passed away from an injury this winter. Some folks do not keep roosters, but we are great fans of the fellas. They keep the hens from picking at each other and will place themselves between the hens and any danger.

Thank Goodness It is Spring!

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