While we are starting to see some autumn colors here, it’s not just the changing leaves that are colorful on the farm.
One of my favorite fall colors is the purples we see in the asters that grow around the yard, as you can see along the driveway above. They are seemingly everywhere, and the bees are very happy about it! I just think they are pretty.
Along with the wild asters seen in our barn garden below, there are some darker purple ones that I believe were planted there.
But the best color seen around here recently was the green egg that one of our Araucana pullets laid!
You might remember that we added four new Araucana chicks to our flock this spring in the hopes of getting blue or green eggs. The first two we got last year lay cream-colored, so I wanted to up the odds by getting twice as many this last time. Then one of them turned out to be our rooster! But lo and behold I caught our girl Farrah in one of the nesting boxes and when she left this little green egg was there!
Now we still have two more chances with the other two girls….fingers crossed! Farrah was the second new girl to lay an egg after Martha, and not far behind was Kris, one of our White Leghorns. Oh, you haven’t met Kris yet! Meet the last two new girls below: Kris on the left, and Shelley on the right.
These two girls are pretty shy and quiet, so not seen quite as much. In fact, it took me by surprise when I realized Kris had grown a good-size comb and it was pretty red (that is one thing that indicates they are ready to lay). That distinguished her from the other leghorn, Tiffany. Shelley is one of the other Araucanas, and we can tell that by her green legs. All of that breed seem to have green legs.
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I love Luke’s orange Comfortflex harness* and when we head into hunting season here, I start using his orange Nifti SafeLatch leash* as well.
Luke surprised me a little on this day. For a while, I’d sometimes have him jump up on stumps or rocks to take photos. He seemed like he was getting uncomfortable with it though, and always looked nervous, so I stopped doing it. This day he followed a scent up on top of this rock, and next thing I know, when he was done sniffing, he turned around and sat down, seemingly for a photo! What a good boy, and doesn’t he look handsome?
What’s colorful in your neck of the woods?
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ANDREA L PAVLICEK says
What a beautiful farm.
And a great place for Luke to sniff all the fall scents. Go Luke!
Thank you. Luke really does love the sniffing part!! 🙂
Bell Fur Zoo says
Wow all of your flowers are soo pawretty and dat green egg are soo cool!!!
Luke is also looking so handsome perched on his rock. What a good boy Luke!!
Matt & Matilda
Thank you!! ♥
Tails Around the Ranch says
Bravo, Luke! Enjoy being king of the hill, sweet handsome boy.
caren gittleman says
the photo of Farrah and the watermelon and the one with the chickens should be in a picture book. you should do a picture book about your farm! What fun would THAT be? Can’t believe your leaves change so early! Ours are barely changing. LOVE your flowers, so pretty!
Well, it’s really only some of the trees…in other areas nothing is changed at all! We even went to Northern Vermont last weekend and there was hardly any color there!
Hmmm….I’ll have to think about the picture book idea! 🙂
Melissa Clinton says
That egg is awesome! Does it look and taste like a regular white egg?
Yes, it does! It’s really only the outside color that’s different.
joann stancer says
Your farm is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank you!! I enjoy sharing it.
Ellen Pilch says
Kris and Shelly are pretty girls. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for the loss of Noel. XO
You are very welcome. ♥
The Island Cats says
The colors are becoming amazing. That green egg is something! Does it have a normal looking yolk?
Yup, just a plain old regular yolk!
LLB in Our Backyard says
What beautiful color you still have! I just love the autumn foliage!
Of course, I also love seeing Luke and flock too!!
Things are going pretty slowly here, so we think we’ll have foliage to enjoy for a while!
What a lovely place you live. I so enjoy seeing what you’re up to and I especially love seeing Luke.
Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to Luke. ♥
Thank you so much! ♥
Brian Frum says
Everything sure is colorful and the chicks are so pretty and you are so handsome Luke!
Ducky's Mom says
Love the green egg! That’s pretty cool!! My goodness, you have quite a large flock these days!
Luke is always handsome!! And I love the expression on his face! “Come on, Momz, take a picture before I realize where I am and get nervous about it.”
So true! Actually, after I took the photos, he was nervous about coming down off the rock (it was higher than it looks, and I think he forgot which way he had gotten up there!).
Molly the AireGirl says
I am queen of my stump and you are king of your rock today, Luke! Move over, Farrah. I want some of that yummy watermelon too! We see so many wild asters along our walk and they are so pretty.
The wild asters are just everywhere! Luke loves watermelon too and he often gets some!
we bet dr. seuss is your client and he was inspired by your eggs to write his ham&egg poem ;O)
Colored eggs are super cool. Hope she keeps laying green ones!
She should. Whatever color they start with is what they always lay, though sometimes they can vary just a little bit in tone.
Bouncing Bertie says
Happy Nature Friday!
We want to know if the green eggs taste any different!
Nope, they taste just like a regular egg! 🙂
KATHERINE KERN says
Farrah is beautiful! Do the different colors of eggs taste different?
No, they all taste the same. It’s just the outside color that is different, depending on the breed.