What's your favorite type of bird? If you're asking our son Braylon, he will say chicken. If you're asking me (JoDe), I would say peacock. I love how beautiful they are! In fact, it was because I was buying peacock feathers at Hobby Lobby for decorating purposes that we originally got peacocks. Jerad asked me why I was buying feathers when we had so many on our farm to pick up for free. I replied to him that we didn't have any peacock feathers to pick up, so he bought a pair of peafowl. Problem solved. No more buying feathers at Hobby Lobby because we now have India blue and black shouldered peafowl on our farm.
Several weeks ago we found one of our peahens sitting on a nest. Of course, around here, you never know if the eggs that she's sitting on are actually hers or if it's another type of fowl (chicken, turkey, duck) that laid eggs that she's taken over. As time went by, all four hatched and all four were of the peafowl variety. Unfortunately, as often happens on a farm, not all of the peachicks survived. However, the mama peahen has successfully kept this chick alive and is quite protective of it. It was difficult to get close enough to get a good photo.
You can tell that the birds all hang out together. Here we've got the peachick, peahen, a rooster, and a tom turkey.
The black shouldered peahens are mostly white in color. If the peachick is a male, it will turn a beautiful blue color as it matures.
When we say, "Meet Rob and Big," we're not talking about a celebrity meet and greet of Rob Dyrdek and Christopher "Big Black' Boykin. Instead, we're introducing to you our new bottle babies born May 31. When looking for a name for new babies, sometimes it's hard, but we felt that Rob and Big just fit with these two cuties who are best buddies.
We were certainly not looking forward to having new bottle babies since we've been bottle feeding since last July when we got our first zebra Indie and just stopped a few weeks ago when our female zebra Autumn turned seven months, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. (At least we got a two week break, right?) Rob and Big's mama is doing fine, she's just unable to nurse her babies, so we took over the mama role. And when I say we, it's our kiddos that have taken on that responsibility.
There's not much that's cuter than a baby goat!
Each day as we wake up here at The Menagerie, we never know what we're going to step in...literally and figuratively! Each day is a new day, and we try to make the best of it. Follow along!