The ducks were cooling off with a bath at Horsepower for Kids Animal Sanctuary in late June. It made me want to jump in with them and go for a swim.
I decided not to jump in the pond since the geese own the pond and they are aggressive.
Even the tricolored heron was cooling off in the water.
I’m not sure if this white pigeon was a resident or just a visitor. He wasn’t in a cage.
Some of the chickens hanging around.
Jealous of this guy sleeping (maybe not in the dirt though).
Close ups of the faces at the petting zoo.
A Saturday morning walk around the petting zoo.
Continuing from my last post about the chickens in Ybor City, a broader picture of the cute courtyard bar where the chickens hang out in the morning.
Ybor City is a neighborhood in Tampa that was started around 1885 by a group of cigar manufacturers and boomed until the Great Depression. It slowly declined and stayed in neglect until the 80’s when artists started to move into the area. Now it’s filled with bars and restaurants and a few shops. It’s a neighborhood with it’s own personality.
It was quiet and empty on a Sunday morning.
A few buildings are vacant including this old Coyote Ugly bar.
The heart of Ybor City is the Columbia Restaurant. Opened in 1905 and still owned by the same family, it’s the oldest restaurant in Florida and takes up a city block. I grew up eating here with my family when we use to come down to Florida from Alabama to visit my grandparents. It was my Dad’s favorite restaurant. I still bring my sisters here when they come to visit and Brett and I come several times a year.
Eclectic stores along the street.
This is the best time to be in Ybor, when it’s just me and the chickens.
On a hot Saturday morning in July I decided to head to the Saturday morning farmer’s market in Ybor City near downtown Tampa. I have never been and didn’t think it would be too crowded due to the heat and summer rains. Just wanted to wander around. I had heard there were chickens and roosters running around loose in the area but never have seen them there when we just pop over to eat at restaurant. The park where the market is held is over run with them. They were everywhere.
There were signs everywhere saying not to feed them but of course I saw a couple throwing out break to them.
They were hanging out on the front porches of the houses around the park.
The market was pretty quiet that early in the morning.
This must be the spot to bring your greyhounds because I saw several people walking them in the area.
There were tons of baby chicks there as well so I’ll post those later.
Cute little chickens hanging around the parking area looking for bugs.
A squrrel trying to steal a snack.
One of the many friendly faces.
I caught the resident deer having a momment.
A hawk flying overhead.
A few of the faces at Horsepower for Kids near my house in late January.
Some very young chickens were out running around feeding on the main path.
A peacock was showing off.
Creepy but pretty lizard.
I got to pet the “not quite week old” baby goat. Me and the other kids. He was so cute and friendly. I took this with my phone and was sitting on the ground watching him play.
Fun distractions on the weekend at Horsepower for Kids.
Watching the big horses grazing in the pasture.
This one was taking a dirt bath.
A few of the fowl I snapped while watching the horses.
I spent another morning relaxing at HorsePower for Kids animal sanctuary. There’s something about watching the ducks swim around the pond and the horses grazing that takes the stress away. I guess because I don’t have to feed them or clean up after them. I can just stop by and chill with the farm animals.
It’s amazing how the chickens and roosters all have their own personalities. I didn’t grow up around them. I grew up thinking chickens came from a grocery store!!! It’s funny to watch them walk around the farm like they own the place.
The eagle’s nest is close by so I stopped to see if there was any babies yet. I saw one adult sitting on the nest but after a few minutes, the adult on the nest flew over to another tree where the mate was sitting.
I didn’t think they would leave the nest empty like that if there were eggs or babies but on a more recent trip two babies were there so I’ll post those as soon as I edit them.
Pretty flowers at Horsepower For Kids Animal Sanctuary.