Showing posts from March, 2017

Duck, Duck, Goose. No. Goose, Goose, Goose!

Have you ever thought about owning a goose as a pet? I never knew what a great pet they could be until I met The Big Goose.  
About ten years ago, just outside our little house, which is now the old time country store (You can read about it here.), there lived a goose. She was fondly named, “The Big Goose”.  The Big Goose would lay her eggs beside the front door. She would sit on that nest and every time someone came in or out of the house she would squawk to protect her nest. Not only was she a great mother, she was an even better watch goose. There was no need to worry about an intruder being undetected day or night. The Big Goose was on alert.

Not only are Geese great pets because they serve as a watch goose, geese also make great pets because if they have the proper care, they live for a long time. The Big Goose was a pet around Duncan’s Poultry for over 20 years!

If you get your gosling when it is young, it can imprint with you. Basically this means that the goose will bond with …

Taking Pix of Chicks

Over the weekend, the weather was perfect. It was warm, breezy but not windy and the sun was shining. I decided it was the perfect afternoon for a photo shoot with the chickens. I started with the little ones. I soon discovered that it was easier said than done!

If you decide to photograph your little chicks you might want an extra set of hands. The chicks were so active it was hard keeping them in the photo area.

I also discovered what it is like to be given the cold shoulder.

Finally I was able to shoot this photo, showing this little guys true personality. 
Next I moved on to the layer coop to see what kinds of pictures I could capture. One of the hens was excited to be a model. She strutted her stuff up the runway. 

She strutted her stuff down the runway too.

The next time you find yourself with nothing to do on a warm and sunny day, grab your camera and head to the coop! You may find that chickens big and small can be fun to photograph. 
If you take a photo and want to share it, …

First Baby Chick Day

Our first baby chick day of March has arrived. It is a happy day for me because baby chicks mean that spring is just around the corner. Whether you purchase chicks every year or you have never held one, I invite you to experience a first chick day with me. I grew up on the farm, but we did not have chickens. The only experience I had with baby chicks prior to Duncan’s Poultry was looking at them in the tanks at big box feed stores. All of that changed when I experienced my first “chick day” at Duncan’s Poultry. It was spring of 2006. (Matt and I were dating.)  He led me into the feed store and before me were boxes and boxes of baby chicks. Being new to the baby chick world, I just had to touch one. I remember timidly opening the box. Inside were bright yellow balls of fuzz. I quickly shut the lid not wanting to be responsible for one escaping out of the box.  Matt came to my rescue. He opened the box, picked one up, and handed it to me. The sweet little chick was mine to hold. There …