Today there are two burning issues that I need to talk about.
One of them is a delicate subject.
(If you know me well, you know that no subject is taboo.)
I'll save the delicate part for last...that way you can stop after story #1.
At any given moment on any given day, you will find about half of my chickens
within the confines of the goat pasture.
They spend their days here grazing on the grass,
sipping from the goat waters,
and seeking shelter in the goat houses.
It wasn't until quite recently that I found out that a few of the gals
have taken to laying eggs in the goat houses.
I suppose a couple of them fancy themselves a little too good for dormitory style
egg-laying like the rest of the flock.
It seems that a few prefer private accommodations instead.
Now, every afternoon during egg pick-up...
I have to search all of the goat houses for clusters of rogue eggs.
Ah-hah! There you are! I've caught you red-combed....
And there is the evidence to prove it!
Oops.... "Hi there, Smoochie! Are you hiding any contraband in there?"
Now that I know to check all of the goat houses, our daily egg numbers have increased to
3-3 ½ dozen per day.
The funny thing is, that while most flocks are slowing down this time of year,
autumn is when my flock starts ramping up production.
I have always credited having heat lamps that go on for the evening hours and the early morning hours as helping this situation.
Nowadays, though, with this cold, the heat lamps stay on all night.
(Gotta protect all of those combs from nightly freezes!)
My second subject has to do with my best buddy, Oakley.
We have been aware ever since the first day that this handsome fellow came to live with us,
that he has a bit of an issue with his colon.
Horrible, awful, stinky flatulence.
Now, I am aware that this can sometimes be an issue with dogs.
But I have never met a dog who "toots" out loud like this fellow.
I ask you...is this common?
Is this something of which I have never been aware before now?
I have to tell you... this fellow toots several times a day and acts as if it's nothing.
Not even a quick look of "excuse me" from him,
nor as I have seen other dogs do....look around the room as if to say "who did that?"
Nope, this fellow is an unabashed, unapologetic tooter!
...and one who can clear a room in no time flat!
Now tell me you're not fascinated!
PS...don't forget to check back tomorrow for another
Walk On The Wild Side!