The Weekly Bleat

This is what I love about Green Hill Farm:  It’s 5:30–late afternoon; the sun is streaming across the field, all of the sheep are grazing in the paddock on the hill, and the chickens are venturing out of the aviary to free range. The chickens like this time of day, too.  The sun is starting to lay lower in the sky, and the temperature is dropping slightly.

I have a Buff Orpington hen; she’s a golden color, and a little on the small side—maybe a bantam.  Anyway, she’s the cutest, little thing.  And, I also have a curious sheep, Violet, who loves watching the chickens. Whenever Violet is grazing at the fence, my sweet, Buff Orpington hen runs over and starts scratching near her for bugs.   Sometimes, I’ll see Violet just lying in the grass, watching the little Buff scratching away, right in front of her.  The chickens are so fun to watch.  They really crack me up with all of their chasing bugs and scratching furiously at the dirt.  Apparently, the sheep agree!  🙂


  1. You know, your blog is like a real-life Charlotte’s Web story…the way you have picked up on the animals’ personalities and imbued them with human traits at times….you really ought to consider writing stories/books out of all this fodder!

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  2. I feel like hugging them and carrying them around like a personal blanket – except that I am not strong enough (and neither am I physically there). But as the temperature drops, they look so cozy!! 🙂

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  3. Lovely photographs! 🙂 I do not know very much about farming. My knowledge is derived from books, photographs, and movies. Sad, I know. HOWEVER, I did have a border collie blue heeler dog for 10 years, and we researched a lot about her breed after rescuing her. She was amazing and would have done so well on a farm with training. 🙂 Happy to read and learn from you.

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    • Thanks very much, Rob. The Buff (yellow) hen lays light brown eggs, but I have two Araucana hens that lay light green eggs. I had a light blue egg layer before the fox last fall. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

      I hope your hens are healthy and well. I remember you were having some trouble with a weasel this summer.


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