Friday, 13 February 2015

Feed calls

When you're on property, you find yourself behaving in ways you never imagined while living a town life.

Daily we feed the animals.

Here chook, chook, chook, chook, chook.  In the Front Pen (yes, imaginative name) we supposedly house our Orpington chooks but in reality it has become our gentle pen....... the pen for elderly hens, hens with bad gaits, chooks that get picked on.
Here chook, chook, chook, chook, chook.  The Australorps.

Here chook, chook, chook, chook, chook.  This  pen is the goose pen.  So named because it used to house the geese!  Now it's supposed to house only the silver dorkings but has sort of become the containment pen.  When little chickens keep getting in my veggie garden they are likely to end up in here because it's the only pen that can keep little goslings or chickens from getting out.
Here goose, goose, goose, goose.  These guys free range, usually in the orchard.  And I have a favourite by default.  He is named Rebecca.  Ooops!  She's a he!  But still Rebecca.

Then there are the goats.  Come on Daisy.  Come on Gooey.  Come on Esmeralda.  Come on Daisy.  DAISY!!!  Would. you. COME ON!
We have the dogs later in the evening.  SpottyOscAR.  SpottyOscAR.  Always one word for Spot and Oscar.  Always the sing song lilt.
Last but not least is Nutmeg, the cat.  Well, actually, we never need to call her.  She's a cat. She tells us when she wants to be fed.  But if we ever call her, the call is 'Nutty, here puss, puss, puss.  Heeeere Nutty.'

So there you have it.  Behaving in ways you never imagined.  Apparently each group of animals must be called in the same way, the same number of times for their particular species, in the same tone of voice.

Also once named, anything on property remains named.  Rebecca remains Rebecca.  The Goose Pen is The Goose Pen regardless of who's in there.  The Dry Dam remains The Dry Dam even when full of water (not often) and our orchard is 'out the back' although it's at the front of our home.  (When we moved here we were living in another tumbledown house in a different position.)

Have you developed any strange behaviours while living rurally?


Anonymous said...

I named our first 3 ducks Milly, Molly and Mandy. Milly and Molly after characters from a childrens show my kids like with 2 girls, 1 dark hair and 1 light hair. perfect for a black and white duck and a white duck. Mandy cos I love the Milly Molly Mandy series and it was just logical. Milly and Molly are both boys. ;)

Cheryl said...

Ha Ha I love your quirky take from observing the everyday, and it's so true!

Crunchie's Mum said...

We had two bantam roosters called Sunshine and Daisy because we thought they were hens until they grew up and crowed.

Linda said...

Rabidlittlehippy, I don't know Milly, Molly and Mandy but they're great names!

Cheryl 😄

Crunchie's Mum, so hard to tell when they're little, isn't it!

Selina Baihn said...

hahaha very amusing, made my morning!
yes we all get quirky habits when we go country & farming, love it!
thanx for sharing
have a great weekend

Kim said...

Oh that one made my day...we do this all the time. I don't think we realised we were doing anything unusual until we were moving cows and one of our little 2 year old farm stay visitors picked up on the word when 'hey hey hey ' which we say constantly as we are getting the cattle to move into a new paddock (I don't know why that works !!). There is this little tiny girl, just learning to talk walking around behind all the animals, clapping her hands and in a big deep David type voice going 'Hey hey hey...'
It's quite clear Linda that you and I speak some kid of animal language.

Linda said...

Selina and Kim, glad you identify. How cute Kim! Children's imitation often makes us aware of things we do without realising.

Jess64 said...

My Dad's farm has a paddock called "next to Greenmarsh." As a child I asked why and discovered that in my great grandfathers time, there was a house next to that paddock called Greenmarsh. Now 80 years on, we still have a paddocked called "Next to Greenmarsh." But no Greenmarsh.