As evidenced here, there is wildlife other than the chickens, dogs, horses, cats and cows (antelope and deer too!) that run around this place. And lately, the chickens have had to share their space with some other pretty birds, Chinese Ring-necked Pheasants.
I’ve actually managed to catch a few of them in the act of eating and hanging out, but being wild birds, the slightest sound sends them flying off with their usual flutter,pfffttt, pfffftt, pfffffttt, flutter sound they make. There have been six of them total hanging around the place. The chickens don’t seem to mind them. In fact, I can hear the conversation now:
Captain Coward the Rooster: Dude, you’ve got some crazy colors there. I bet the ladies dig y’all.
Male Pheasant one: sure, but look, those dudes, they look just like me? At least you birds are different colors.
Captain Coward: Dude. I hadn’t thought of that.
Here are some photos of the pretty birds.
I really don’t mind them mooching, because as Captain Coward said, they really are pretty birds.