Friday, June 14, 2013

Feathered Friend Friday: Chickens and Wildflowers

This year we have begun to think differently about the landscaping on our property. For the past couple years, David mowed quite a bit of the area around our house. It looked really nice, but he was mowing all the time to try to keep up. This summer we decided to just cut a small area around the house and leave the rest to grow wild. The bees love this, and I love it too because we get lots of colorful wildflowers growing up behind the house. Recently I let the chickens out to free range and Red found her way to the wildflower patch. I had to take some photos because she looked so gorgeous amongst all the flowers!




Of course I would be remiss if I didn't include a full on, glorious fluffy butt shot!


After a while some of the other chickens came over to see what Red was up to, and David came out to see what I was up to. I love seeing my pretty chickens in the wildflowers, but even more I love seeing my handsome sweetheart holding one of our pretty chickens in the wildflowers.


Aren't they just the cutest? I guess I may be a little biased :)

~Tammy

43 comments:

  1. Tammy, yes they are all cute! Love the shots of Red with in the pretty flowers. Beautiful images, happy weekend to you!

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  2. I love things gone wild - wild flowers are a huge passion of mine. So beautiful!
    We have to keep the yard mowed so the kids have room to play kickball, and to keep down on ticks (especially deer ticks) which are very bad and getting to be a common danger in our area - a lot of serious tick related illness, much worse than Lymes. However - chickens are great at pest control! It was part of the reason we kept guineas in the past.
    That's a wonderful photo of your husband and that gorgeous chicken! I think the tie really makes the photo! (I seem to have a tie thing going on.. when I'm trhifting, I keep collecting more & more wool & vintage ones in hopes my sons will start wearing them more.) :)

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  3. Great photos! A few years ago I lobbied for chickens...it didn't work. Some day =)

    Natashalh

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  4. Aw, that is a great picture of your handsome hubby.

    LOL at the fluffy rear end shot!!! I bet mowing DID take a lot of time there. We have to do it constantly here, and we have a small fraction of the amount of land you guys have.

    Happy weekend to you!

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  5. Handsome and beautiful! I love chickens and flowers and when you can get both in a photo it's magic....:)
    Thanks for sharing....:))))

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  6. so cute! i like the naturalness of the area, too.

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  7. Sooo cute and pretty! She looks like Little Lady!

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  8. Wow Red really does seem quite content among the wildflowers :-)

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  9. Love to see your sweet chicken in the wildflowers! We decided the same thing years ago - mowing was taking up lots of time, so now we let the wildflowers grow, too. We only mow an acre now. :) We just have to keep the wild blackberries in check. Very sweet photo of your handsome hubby holding the chicken. xoxo

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  10. Gorgeous, both! And the wild flowers are lovely too ;)

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  11. Oh Tammy that last shot is certainly priceless. B

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  12. You've captured so much beauty in this series of photos... of the wildflowers, the chickens, and the hubs!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo

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  13. Oh, they are all beautiful - hubby, chicken and flowers.

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  14. Cute Cute Cute! Did you plant the wildflowers or did they just come up as in really wild flowers?

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  15. Your house will be so pretty surrounded by wildflowers. I never quite understood trying to maintain large lawns on a country property - so much work!

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  16. Yes they are the cutest Tammy! There is just something about a man holding a chicken :-)

    I have to agree that the wildflowers look so much better than a mowed lawn, and look at all the free time David now has for photo-shoots in the wildflowers, lol.

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  17. That fluffy butt shot tells me that you have a very healthy chicken. The red against the green and flowers makes a stunning photo. And the last photo is pretty stunning too. :-)

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  18. Yes, your chickens are the cutest! (and your hubby isn't too bad either!) :) Happy weekend to you.

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  19. Oh, beautiful, Tammy! Pretty wild flowers, chickens and handsome hubby :)

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  20. Love that you have your own meadow. Why waste time and energy mowing? Enjoy!

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  21. Awww....I love that fluffy butt shot! lol

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  22. So pretty! I think they must be the happiest chickens ever!!!

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  23. Love!!! We want to change some area's over to wild flowers also. First we have to find a way to control two weeds that seem to dominate the fields.

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  24. Good thing your chickens aren't modest...showing their hind end. :) Loved your pics!

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  25. I think it's a great idea to let more of the "yard" go wild :) And that picture is adorable, gotta love the tie!

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  26. cool chicken.....and i love those light pastel coloured wildflowers....and i love the back of chickens cos they r so fluffy......and thanx for wishing me luck on my school thingy on my blog....

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  28. Nothing better than wildflowers and letting your land go native. It is a great shot of the chick and the hubby!

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  29. Your photos, Tammy! I can't get enough of them! The one of David holding one of your brood is priceless! xx

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  30. Good plan letting part go 'wild!' Less work and more beauty sounds like a win-win to me!
    Love that last picture! :)

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  31. What wonderful photos!! That last one is fantastic and you're right about the fluffy bum shots. :)

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  32. Fun photos! And I think the one of David holding that bird is frame-worthy.

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  33. Love all the pictures, but your hubby holding the chicken is a GREAT shot. You should blow it up and frame it :)

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  34. Love the shots he sure is a cute chicken, you mirror my thoughts we to mow only certain arrears of the garden. The Sun and rain speed things along and just can't keep up. The Wildlife love it here.That Chickens Butt is funny. x

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  35. Lovely! Such a sweet place you have found-a slice of heaven on earth!

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  36. What type Hens do you have. We have Orphingtons. We have them in a Chicken Tractor and they get moved around the back yard about twice a week. They are doing a good job of keeping the grass toward the back mowed so Honey Bear only mows near the house and in front. Also, having the taller grass and clover gives the wild rabbits something to eat and a place to hide.
    Mama Bear

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  37. We are thinking of sowing some native Australian wildflowers down our slope that was cleared of lantana. All that popped up to regrow were weeds and some bracken ferns. Do your wildflowers just pop up unseeded? Any weeds?

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  38. Still catching up-
    Your hens are so healthy and happy being able to graze for bugs and worms!! You may want to also get some wildflower seeds and throw them out in the yard that you allowed to grow up for a variation of wildflowers. Especially black eyed susans and poppies. Ohhh - and add some clover for your bees.
    You do have a very cute Sweetie!!

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