Happy Animals

I like to keep my animals happy.

I let my chickens range free, I open their mobile coop door in the morning so they may roam about all day and I lock them up at night to keep them safe. Except when I introduce new young chickens to the daily routine. Then I open the coop door every morning and crawl under the chicken coop catching and counting chickens every night. Those silly young birds take awhile to figure out that even if you can see your friends above you, there is no getting through the wire floor, you just have to use the door. Eventually they will figure it out. young AmericanaUntil then I figure that when I find myself under the chicken coop on one knee other leg extended for balance, one elbow on the ground because that hand is already holding a chicken stretching as far as I can for a second bird, well, that’s just an excellent ab hold.DSCN2973-(sm)

These chicken induced exercises will be slightly amusing to me for about a week and then I will be second guessing my “let’s have happy chickens” philosophy.

I also try to keep my dog happy. He’s my dog, I love him. So I let him out to run around outside with me whenever I’m out. The other day he scrummaged around in the woods for ten minutes while I watered plants. Ten minutes and he came back, muddy, wet, tired, hot, limping on a hind leg and smelling like he rolled in something much deader than than the freshly caught chipmunk he proudly gave me. happy Trip dogBut happy? Oh was he happy!Happy Trip dog

Me, I was second guessing my “let’s have happy dogs” philosophy.

I just got a pile of little ducklings and a pair of goslings. And so, because it’s been so nice out, I made them a little wire pen they can be outside in during the day in the front yard. I put the goslings in and they munched on leaves and grass and looked oh so happy. I put the ducklings in and they nibbled and explored, chased bugs and happily popped right out through the  holes in the wire. I then spent the next two hours babysitting my new babies and herding the occasional duck back in the pen while trying to think what else I had around that I could patch the holes up with. DSCN3067-(2sm)The shade was a perfect temperature with just a hint of a breeze, the grass was nice and soft and the little birds were endlessly entertaining.Ancona duckling

I’m pretty sure “lets have happy ducklings and goslings” is my favorite philosophy!


24 comments on “Happy Animals

  1. Firewaves21 says:

    Cuteness overload. Love it! 🙂

  2. Adorable! A such a good excuse for mom to play outside! 😉

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Happy is definitely my favourite word, and that last photo is priceless!

  4. Holly says:

    My landlord has chickens and they have a small pen for nightime and go into the large pen during the work day. When they are home, they let them range all over the property (we live on the same property). I usually can tell because I hear crowing from my front porch vs. the backyard 🙂 With all the rain we’ve been having they are loving it out there in the mud and soft mulch!

    Yay for ducklets and gooselings!

  5. A. Mouse says:

    Happy animals are the best animals. ❤

  6. Dan says:

    Oh such happy animals and so cute!!❤️

  7. Sharon says:

    Such is the life of a farmers wife, to crawl in the muck and the grass. Do this to have happy animals rather than sit on your….

  8. Oh my! What a delightful post! Compliments on your very happy and healthy looking chickens. I loved the mental picture of the ducklings popping through the fencing. 🙂

  9. Widdershins says:

    Cyoot duckettes. 🙂 … glad I couldn’t smell the dawg though.

    • Jessie says:

      Yeah, he was a serious stinky mess! The ducklings just keep on doing their cute thing though! 🙂 (more photos on the Instagram link in the sidebar if you are interested!)

  10. dianeschuller.com says:

    well at least you don’t have to join a gym or go to yoga … and they certainly all are happy!

  11. Jess2569 says:

    So cute! Happiness of others is so important, including animals! I have 2 very happy rescue fennec foxes – You can read more about them on my blog 🙂 http://www.foxesandfood.com

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