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.
The pig slept and the donkey snorted at me.
The top chicken was giving me the stink eye. The bottom one was too busy picking at his feet.
The cormorant and bluebird are wild birds just stopping by for a visit. The finch was an escape bird that didn’t really want to leave. He just sat on the top of the cage.
Pretty fungi in the parking lot.
A house down the street from the horse farm had a small pond in the front yard and robins had taken over.
Some shots from Horsepower for Kids.
What is it about having chickens and roosters running around that make me want to go live on a farm? Maybe it’s a case of wanting what you don’t have (or didn’t grow up with).
Faces only a mother could love. The first turkey looks like she has a crocheted scarf over her head.
None of the animals were really paying attention to me which is fine.
I spent a recent morning at my favorite neighborhood petting zoo/horse farm. Not much has changed since I was there last spring. No early spring babies there yet. HorsePower for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides a farm and petting zoo for people who would benefit from interaction with animals and horses. They are a wildlife/rehabilitation farm and most of the animals were rescued.