Are you fascinated by birds, their ability to escape the confines of earth with flight, their marvelous color patterns and not in the least, their song?

Have you complied a life list over the years? What are your favorites among those birds you have seen and heard?

Having watched and studied birds most of my life and compiled a substantial life list from various parts of the country and beyond, I have my favorites amongst the group and they are now prominently displayed on the wall in my great room as seen on the right.

It might even be fun to include your state bird in the center of that group. I am in the process of including all the state birds in my collection. Enter the gallery by clicking on any of the images or on the gallery link above, and see what you like.

Agnes is back!

Agnes, our wonderful young chicken, caught her leg between two boards in the hen house.  She was trapped and unable to free herself. I eventually freed her leg and noticed it was swollen and scraped in several places. As I sat her down on the floor, I noticed she could not place her weight on the injured leg.  What to do!?  Feeling that she needed immediate attention and unable to reach any veterinarians on a Saturday able to handle a chicken, I consulted Google which always has a solution to any problem or question.  With limited knowledge, my husband and I devised a splint and bandage for her leg.  When we were able to take Agnes to our vet her leg was x-rayed and found to be broken.  With a new and improved splint and armed with pain and anti-infection medications, we headed for home.  We placed her in a rabbit cage and put her in the hen house with her sisters.  Agnes sensed we were trying to help her and thankfully was a very willing patient when it came time to give her the medication.  After several follow-up visits to the vet, Agnes was given a clean bill of health and we gradually placed her back amongst the other chickens where we were surprised to find out she was the alpha chicken and took no nonsense from the other hens.  Go Agnes!  You’ve got it, girl!!!!

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