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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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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