Cat update for week ending August 29

Welcome to Caturday! Cuteness! Paladin! Raccoons! Levitating cat! A random GIF! And more!

Dinner queue:

Dinner queue

Porcini:

Porcini

Pommie in her favorite place:

Pommie

Pommie and Bella at the cat feeder:

Pommie and Bella

Paladin watches Bella on the driveway:

Paladin watches Bella on the driveway

Bella is curious, and approached:

Bella is curious

Paladin and Bella curiously watching each other:

Paladin watches Bella

A closer look at Bella:

Bella

Pommie was comfy in her cabin, then raccoons approached; she hissed at them:

Pommie hissing at raccoons

The raccoons circled around behind, and Pommie wisely retreated; you can see raccoon eyes between the cabins:

Pommie retreating from raccoons

There was a mother and at least one kit:

Raccoons

Pommie was happy to go back later, though:

Pommie

On a hot day, Pepper on her non-heated bed on top of shelves in the shop (there’s a heating pad on the nearby blue bed for cold days):

Pepper in the shop

Spud thought he heard something in the breezeway:

Spud

Spud in his cabin:

Spud

Bella walking through the breezeway while Spud is sleeping in late:

Bella and Spud

Levitating cat! A frame of mid-run through the breezeway:

Running cat

Breakfasttime:

Breakfasttime

Dinnertime:

Dinnertime

Sparkletime — a GIF of the dappled sun through the trees by the cat house, which makes it very hard to spot cat activity when reviewing recordings around midday, as the camera is pretty much constantly registering motion (it does look nice, though):

Sparkletime

Flock Friday for August 21

For Flock Friday this week, more sad news, I’m afraid. One of the two Rouen ducks went missing on Sunday night. I don’t know what happened to him — I saw him on Sunday, and haven’t seen him since, not even a body or signs of a struggle. So if a raccoon or something grabbed him, it must have dragged him somewhere else.

Anyway, on with the pictures. Here are the ducks messily eating, with one of the Rouens in the foreground:

Ducks eating

Ducks eating

Ducks by the duck house, and (not really visible) ducklings inside:

Ducks by duck house

A GIF of one of the Rouens exiting the pond:

GIF of exiting pond

Splashing to cool off on a hot day:

Splashing to cool off

It was very hot (mid-90’s) over the weekend, so we gave the chickens a frozen treat of corn and peas to help them cool off:

Chickens with frozen treats

Chickens with frozen treats

Chickens with frozen treats

Chickens with frozen treats

Ducks eating again:

Ducks eating

Camilla snuck into the veggie garden when I opened the gate:

Chicken in the veggie garden

Chicken in the veggie garden

Ducks with treats; the last photo of both Rouens:

Ducks with treats

On Sunday, the chickens with another frozen treat:

Chickens with frozen treats

Chickens with frozen treats

Looking at the pond cam, 8 ducks visible on Sunday evening:

8 ducks

The next morning, only 7 ducks; I couldn’t see any evidence of what happened to the second Rouen:

7 ducks

We had two names for the Rouens, Rémy and Raoul, but hadn’t decided on which was which. But now that we only have one, his name is Rémy. RIP Raoul.

Seven ducks eating:

Ducks eating

I went to the feed store for more duckling food. I’m well stocked now; a couple of spare bags of duckling food (the red ones at the back), plus many bags of chicken food, fish food, and mealworms, in the storage area of the new chicken coop (I might need to add another shelf):

Duck and chicken food

Sleepy ducks:

Sleepy ducks

Night ducks:

Night ducks

Ducks on the bank:

Ducks on the bank

This morning, a visit by a blue heron:

Heron and ducks

Heron and ducks

Cat update for week ending August 15

This week on Caturday, a bit of danger with raccoons, that fortunately was uneventful, and various other cat pics.

Two cats relaxing in the shade under the bushes on the left, while one drinks:

Two cats relaxing in the shade, one drinking

Cats eating and drinking:

Cats eating and drinking

Silhouette of a cat jumping down from the breezeway cabin:

Silhouette of cat jumping down from the breezeway cabin

Silhouette of cat jumping down from the breezeway cabin

Scratching a tree:

Cat scratching tree

A cat about to jump down over another inside their house:

Cat about to jump down inside

Three comfy cats inside their house:

Three cats inside

Three cats inside

A family of raccoons visited the cat house (no leftover food for them):

Raccoons

Two cats were inside the house at the time, which could have been rather bad if a raccoon had gone inside the house, but fortunately none did:

Cats inside with raccoons outside

The cat house has a back door for escape, but a design flaw was that there is no emergency exit from the upper level. (There are several things I’d do differently if redesigning the cat house, most around better protecting from raccoons.)

If a raccoon had, the cats probably would have been okay; they can defend themselves very well, and could defend the high place against a raccoon, but there would be some risk. I’m glad that didn’t happen.

Finally, three happy cat loaves:

Cat loaves

Cat update for week ending August 1

As is usual for warm weather, the feral cats haven’t been hanging around as much in the last week, so I only had 16 photos from which to choose; perhaps a new low for me. I picked 10.

Poppy and Porcini inside their house:

Two cats inside

Porcini and Pommie outside:

Porcini and Pommie

A mother and two young raccoons looking at the cabins (no cats were home):

Raccoons

One of the twins in the breezeway cabin just before dawn:

Breezeway

Waiting for breakfast:

Waiting for breakfast

Breakfast dispensing:

Breakfast dispensing

I startled Porcini when walking on the path near the cat house (her mouth is open licking her lips after eating, not reacting to me):

Porcini

She retreated to behind the cat house (lots of lens flare at that time of day):

Porcini

Two on the deck:

Two on the deck

Pepper in the shop:

Pepper in the shop

Flock Friday for July 31

Some sad news this Flock Friday: a raccoon got into one of our chicken coops, and killed two of our chickens. (Don’t worry, there are no graphic pictures in this post.)

I’ve had some issues with a couple of the pop door openers recently, where they sometimes don’t open or close. I wasn’t too concerned about the one on the new chicken coop, as the run is fully enclosed, even with netting on the roof; just a small opening into the old run. I’m not sure if the raccoon got in via that hole, or over the fence and through some small gap in the roof netting, but it did.

When I did my morning rounds on Monday, I saw a dead chicken in the run: Lola, the introverted chicken (a Blue Cochin). Looking around, I saw a second dead chicken elsewhere in the run: Tilly (a Double-Laced Barnevelder).

Reviewing the cam footage, I saw the raccoon in the coop shortly after midnight on Monday:

Raccoon in chicken coop

The raccoon looked at the seven chickens roosting on top of the nesting boxes:

Raccoon in chicken coop

But went after the easy target, Lola, alone on the main roosts:

Raccoon in chicken coop

Not a nice way to go at all. I don’t know what happened with Tilly, though; I only saw the raccoon in the coop once. Perhaps she was on the outside roosts, which attracted the attention of the raccoon? Unfortunately, the run camera doesn’t record, so I couldn’t see what happened there.

I feel really bad that I hadn’t manually closed the pop door. I have been checking it each night ever since, and working with the manufacturer to diagnose its issues.

Still, it could have been much worse, if the raccoon had gone back for more.

Sorry if this sad news brings you down; it’s all part of life on the homestead, but not a pleasant aspect.

For the other chickens, life goes on. Here they are with leafy treats:

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

Buffy in a nesting box:

Buffy in a nesting box

As for the ducks, I’m continuing my daily duck posts for another few days, while there are frequent changes, though will probably stop sometime in the coming week, and roll the duck pictures into the Flock Friday posts from next week. Though I’m tempted to do a “daily duck” post, restricted to one picture per day, or something like that. Let me know what you think.

So for now, let’s suffice with one last picture of Bert before the new ducks joined him, stealing the koi food:

Bert with koi

More duck pictures tonight.

Ducklings day 55: more swimming

Now that the new ducks are in the pond, I don’t consider them ducklings anymore, but I’ll continue with the “ducklings day” title for now, as long as I’m doing daily posts on them. Which I really should phase out, but I’m so enjoying sharing the fun of seeing them in the pond.

Ducks in the pond

Ducks in the pond

Ducks in the pond

Ducks in the pond

An animated GIF of Betty treading water:

GIF of treading water

Betty and Bert:

Betty and Bert

Afternoon ducks:

Afternoon ducks

Flapping wings to go faster, pretty much running on the water:

Flapping wings to go faster

Actually, that’s best experienced as a GIF, too:

GIF of flapping wings to go faster

Ducks in the pond

Flapping wings:

Flapping wings

GIF of Betty diving underwater:

GIF of diving

Dragonfly and ducks:

Dragonfly and ducks

Dragonfly

Flapping wings:

Flapping wings

Cat update for week ending July 11

For this week’s Caturday, we start with a not-cat, then a GIF of a day in the cat house, plus pictures of multiple cats in multiple places, a second GIF of Poppa and Pommie, checking on the shop cats, and finish with some nice shots of sunrise in the breezeway.

A raccoon visited the cabins; nobody was home at the time:

Raccoon

An animated GIF of a day in the cat house, with snuggles and other cats visiting; you may have seen the YouTube video of this timelapse:

Cat house GIF

Three cats waiting for food at the cat house:

Three cats

A rare picture of four cats inside the cat house (probably just Spud missing; no boys allowed):

Four cats

A cat walks down the breezeway, while another relaxes in the cabin:

Two cats

Poppa spent some time hanging out with Pommie:

Poppa and Pommie

Poppa and Pommie

A GIF:

Cabins GIF

A late departure from the breezeway cabin; sometimes it’s nice to sleep in a bit:

Breezeway cat

Checking on Pepper in the front of the shop:

Pepper

And Pansy in the back of the shop:

Pansy

Classic Poppy face:

Two cats

Need more lens flare! Sunrise this morning with Spud in the breezeway:

Spud in breezeway

Spud in breezeway

Oh deer

Living in a rural area, we frequently get deer visiting our property. I don’t take pictures of them all the time, but have accumulated a few, so I thought I’d post some recent ones.

(We used to get elk too, though they stopped when neighboring properties were developed.)

From a month ago, a deer munching grass in front of our beehives:

Deer

Near the apple trees behind the workshop:

Deer

You may have seen these on my personal blog, of a doe and a couple brand-new fawns:

Deer

Deer

Deer

From a couple of weeks ago, just hanging out by the aforementioned apple trees, watching me as I went past:

Deer

Deer

A few days ago, a nighttime graze right in front of the beehives cam:

Deer

Deer

Deer

A couple of days ago, grazing on plants in the traffic circle of our driveway:

Deer

Deer

And that’s why we don’t have tulips anymore. When choosing plants, deer resistance is always one of the criteria, though they don’t always read the labels.

Flock Friday for July 3

Let’s check on the chickens, Bert, and Jack. (Who is that? Read on.)

Chicken treats:

Chicken treats

Chicken treats

Chicken treats

Hey there, Bert:

Duck

Duck

Duck

Duck

Jack is, of course, the frog living in our pond deck box:

Frog

Another day, more chicken pictures:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens GIF

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens GIF

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

A couple more of Jack, sitting on top of the fish food container, and on the side of the box:

Frog

Frog

Flock Friday for June 19

It’s Friday, so let’s check on the adult birds, in a weekly series I call Flock Friday.

Let’s start with the chickens enjoying some kale treats, while Bert watches and waits for me outside the run:

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Bert then followed me across the lawn:

Bert on the lawn

And down the path:

Bert on the path

That was cute; let’s have an animated GIF of that:

GIF of Bert on the path

Bert watching the ducklings:

Bert watching ducklings

Another day, Bert meeting me by the compost bins again:

Duck and chickens

At the chicken coop:

Bert at coop

Bert watching the ducklings again:

Bert at duck house

Bert watching ducklings

Bert watching ducklings

And watching me:

Bert

A GIF of a couple birds flying over the pond:

GIF of birds over pond

And a still pic:

Birds over pond

Let’s finish as we started, with more chickens enjoying treats (kale and lettuce grown in our veggie garden):

Chickens enjoying treats

Chickens enjoying treats

Chickens enjoying treats