Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Preserving Beautiful Kentucky

Archive for April, 2013

Apr
30

Chick Whisperer

Posted by Timm

Chick standing on Timm's arm

Call me the “Chick Whisperer.”  I had just finished eating dessert, when this chick flew up from the floor onto my arm to say hi.  So I gave him a little neck rub.

Apr
30

Morning Fog

Posted by Timm

Morning fog

The morning fog was just starting to lift above the Butterfly Meadow.

Apr
26

April Flowers at Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Posted by Timm

White Daffodil

White Daffodils grow randomly in our field, and there also is a large cluster of daffodils from when there was a house here many years ago.

  

   

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Apr
23

My How You’ve Grown!

Posted by Theresa

The first thing I do every morning when I wake up is look in on my chickens.  And every morning, I am astounded to see that they have noticeably grown overnight.  Here they are, at 3 weeks old and an update on each.  I’ve also included what I GUESS is their sex but it’s still a complete and total guess.  It’s very hard to sex chickens at this age because they all grow combs on the tops of their heads.  They also all work out their pecking order at this age so who’s sparring with who means very little.  Boys and girls mix it up and depending on the age and breed, sometimes, a girl chicken will end up the top chicken!

Here they are at 3 weeks of age.  Feel free to go back and reference their 1 week old pictures.  Quite a difference!

 

Dark Night (Black Australorp)

Dark Night (named by Joel Hoctor) is a calm little sweetie.  She’s shy and never tussles with the other chicks.  She waits her turn at the feeder and never pushes other chicks out of the way.  She’s one of the smaller chicks but is growing well and feathering in nicely.

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Apr
21

Snake in the House

Posted by Timm

Black racer snake in our mobile home

Theresa found a 5-foot Black Racer snake inside our mobile home.  Fortunately these snakes are not poisonous, though they can still deliver a painful bite.

   

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Apr
14

Oh Deer

Posted by Timm

Deer munching on some grass

Here’s something we rarely see at Little Wolf Nature Preserve: deer roaming in the open field.  We see quite a few deer in the forest, but rarely out in the open like this.

A few years back a friend visited us at Little Wolf, and we went hiking all day.  My friend was surprised that we didn’t see any wildlife on our hike.  But it wasn’t a surprise to me, because my friend likes to talk (loudly), even while out in the peace of nature.  Any animal would have heard us coming hundreds of feet away and disappeared into the forest long before we arrived.

If you want to see wildlife, the best rule is to keep quiet.  For example, yesterday on just a short 15-minute solo hike, I saw a 4 deer, 3 wild turkeys, and a hawk.

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Apr
12

All 12 Chicks Have Names, Thanks to You!

Posted by Theresa

Thanks to all of you for your help and creativity naming our 12 chicks.  Everyone who suggested a name got a chick! l All chicks received at least one suggestion for a name except Chick #5, the chick sleeping with its head wedged between 2 bricks! A few chicks received 2 name suggestions, so I made minor switches to give everyone a chick and every chick a name.

The names of the 12 chicks and who named them are as follows.  Now, I can stop calling all of them "Chickie."  Instead, whenever I call the chicks by name, I’ll think of each of you, my dear loving family and friends.

 

Chick #1: DARK KNIGHT

Chick #1: DARK KNIGHT named by Joel Hoctor (Breed – Black Australorp)

  

  

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Apr
10

Your Turn to Name A Chick!

Posted by Theresa

As you know, I have 12 chicks and all need names!  If you want to name one, please reply to this post with the number and name you’d like to give the chick, or, post on Facebook, either is fine.  I’ve only had them 2 days so these are the best pictures I have of each of them so far.

   

Chick #1 – Breed: Black Australorp

Chick #1 – Breed: Black Australorp

  

  

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Apr
10

Chicken Outing

Posted by Theresa

It’s been very warm this past 2 days since I brought the chicks home.  My chicks seem to like the temperature around 85 degrees and that’s been about how hot it’s been.  So, while cleaning the brooder on their first day home, I decided to see how they like grass!

I found some old bee boxes left here by the prior owners.  These boxes have no bottoms, just sides.  So, I set them up like so and put the 12 chicks inside.

 

The 12 chicks check out grass for what is likely their first time.

It didn’t take long for the chicks to really enjoy being outside.  They did what chickens do, scratch at the grass, peck at it, eat bugs.

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Apr
09

The Tale of Two Fields

Posted by Timm

While we were away on our year-long RV trip, nature took its course and filled our fields at Little Wolf with bushes and trees.  Our land is about 90% forested, so we try to keep a few fields clear to encourage biodiversity.  This year we launched a project to clear two fields: Butterfly Meadow and The Bees. 

 

Before clearing The Meadow

This is what “Butterfly Meadow”—a 5-acre field along the road—looked like before we started clearing.  Of course we waited for the snow to melt (snow rarely lasts more than a few days here in southern Kentucky). 

First we cleared the grass, weeds, bushes and small trees with a bushhog attached to the tractor.  It can clear trees up to about 2” in diameter.  Any larger than that and we risk doing damage (or at least inflicting heavy wear and tear) on the bushhog. 

Our bushhog is 5 feet in diameter.  You may not know this, but bushhog blades are not sharp.  They’re dull hunks of metal that cut weeds and trees by spinning really, really fast.

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    Little Wolf Nature Preserve is a private preserve located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southern Kentucky, USA.

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