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For weeks now we’ve been assisting the chicks (who really aren’t chicks, so I should call them something different) with their bedtime.  Our older established chickens put themselves to bed every night before dusk and they all perch on a high perch in the henhouse.  Occasionally someone will sleep in or on the nesting boxes.  These motherless chicks, though, have been wandering about well past dusk and then putting themselves to bed in a heap just inside the coop.  As of last night they all suddenly got the idea and put themselves to bed inside the house.  Ina  heap in the corner, but they got there themselves.  And, as of tonight, one of them was even on a perch near a big hen!  Another milestone for tonight-mother hen and her three babies are also up on the high perch.  Until now they have all 4 slept in one box together.  I guess mother hen had enough of that and wanted to get up on her perch again.  It is astonishing to see them sound asleep on a perch-why aren’t they tipping over? Isn’t it more comfortable in a box or a nest of hay?

 Things are looking colorful in the butterfly garden and our handsome colorful rooster obligingly posed for me this morning.
Rainbow Rooster

We’ve had so much rain and sun and thunder and peeks of blue sky behind rain the past night and day, that it seems like we should have seen rainbows everywhere. We didn’t see any, but here’s one I made. [I’ve been having lots of fun lately making mosaics out of my pictures (using bighugelabs).]
Single Rainbow Mosaic

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About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. I love your rainbow! And your chickens. I too can’t figure out why birds sleep like that, though in our case it’s swallows. They balance themselves on something, every night (like the edge of the nest instead of going in it), and nothing ever looks comfy. Must be a bird thing!

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  2. That is a really really stunning picture of the rooster. His feathers are so clear and detailed! Magnificent.

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