Early to bed……

My favorite times of the day at home are in the early morning just before the sun rises and at night just as the sun sets. I had errands to run after work today (and to stop and see a dear friend whose house I left THE camera at over the weekend) so got home just in time for dusk. Animals are always pretty active just before the sun sets.

The chickens are busy just before the sun sets as this is one of their more vulnerable times. Coyotes are pretty active at sunrise and sunset and the chickens show a more keen sense of awareness at those times. That and they are gathering up to go to bed.

The rooster gathering up his lady friends.

The rooster gathering up his lady friends.

People often ask us how we train the chickens to go to their coop and the truth is we don’t train them to do anything. It is amazing how hard wired they are to do what they do. They have a 6th sense (it’s called survival) to go to where they perceive to be the safest place at night. When we first got chickens we were worried they would roost in trees or other various places where we didn’t want them to roost. Never ever have they roosted anywhere but in the barn. Often in places in the barn we didn’t intend them to roost, but safe nonetheless. There is even one who sleeps on a spotlight in the new barn by herself every night.

Do you see the white hen landing on her roost for the night?

Do you see the white hen landing on her roost for the night?

Pablo was exceptionally helpful with chores tonight.

This is Pablo. He's famous.

This is Pablo. He’s famous.

I couldn’t resist photos of the horses. I know I’m biased, but they are beautiful!

Jaguar and Coco

Jaguar and Coco

Sterling and Noelle

Sterling and Noelle

And, of course, the sunset. This view never gets old.

Pink sky at night, sailor's delight!

Pink sky at night, sailor’s delight!

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