The trees are transitioning to brilliant colors of red, orange, and yellow. The days and nights are streadly getting cooler, days are visibility shorter, the animals scurry to prepare for the coming winter season as the first snowfall of the year covers the ground. All this symbolizes the coming of winter ushered in by the astronomical mid point between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice more commonly known as Halloween.
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, the stores become haunted with costumes and creatures of all sorts, caramel apples become a staple, and pumpkins color the store fronts a brilliant orange. A symbol of the last crop of the season, bringing a finality to the years harvest.
Children carve faces in their pumpkin and place them on the front porch, a tradition tracing back to the Druids to ward off evil spirits. Harvest displays appear on door steps along with a humble scarecrow overseeing the bounty of the seasons surplus. However, halloween traditions are not just limited to the humans during this time of magic and fantasy. Here on the Kuntry Klucker Farm, the girls also participate in the seasons festivities.
Every year after Halloween I frequent the local stores buying up all the pumpkins that did not make the designated cut to be Jack-O-Lanterns. The remaining pumpkins left are reduced in price making perfect carving projects for my girls. In addition to late fall fun and entertainment they provide, pumpkin are very nutritious for chickens. They supply an abundance of essential nutrients needed for my girls during this late season after all the bugs and plants have long gone dorment. Additionally, since they are large they will serve as boredom busters and focuses of activity for my girls for a good part of November going into December. Due to the fact that temperatures are below freezing at night, the pumpkins stay fresh for quite some time before giving way to the natural process of decomposition.
Over the years my girls have become excellent pumpkin carvers, enjoying the seasons final harvest of pumpkins and other fall delectables. They happily peck at the pumpkin anxious to get to the seeds contained in the center of the tasty orb. As they peck their way to the center they carve a design in the exterior of the pumpkin, essentially carving their Halloween pumpkin. All the finished projects are different each displaying unique features and designs all created by chickens. A true piece of chicken art.
Many people would not associate chickens with artists or even expect carvers, but my girls are here to prove that chickens are natures little artists. The girls enjoy their own version of the holidays as they share in the tradition of the season.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, it was a bit different than my traditional format but was fun to share with you just the same. As the fall season surrenders to winter I will be back with winter care and tips that I implement to keep my flock happy and healthy till the return of the Sun’s warmth.
As always, thanks for reading. The girls and I will see you soon.
Till then, keep on crowing!
~ The Kuntry Klucker Crew ~