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{Photo of the Day} 28.02.2015

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The sun came out just long enough for the flock to go outside for a couple hours to scratch around in the straw hay for their Snack Mix (got restocked on supplies today).

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This is 1 of the 5 ice chunks I got off the top of the outside run. They were huge & thick & were so heavy they stretched the tarp a lot.

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Odysseus is pretty well trained to hop up onto my shoulder so that I can move 2 hens plus him at the same time & cut back on the number of trips to/from the barn I need to make. I love that he does this. Probably because I’ve been obsessed with pirates with parrots or monkeys on their shoulders since I was a kid. I’m sure there’s a cock joke in the picture somewhere, but it was his & mine 15 seconds of fame. Dr. Pol retweeted it during the live tweet of the newest episode of his show, so thousands of people got to see my ridiculousness & his fabulousness. I love watching Dr. Pol’s show so much. It makes me cry like a baby almost every single episode that I’ve seen so far, but he loves helping animals so much & he’s such a character that I can’t stop watching. Everyone else in his practice & his wife & son are great to watch, too. This is 1 of 2 reality shows I’ve ever watched & it’s because of what great people they are. There’s no drama for the sake of being on TV. They are just caring, real people doing their thing. I wish I had a vet around here that was like him.

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Despite the stupidly cold temps, we got 4 eggs today. Of course, I cracked 1 & had to toss it. The rest I candled to check the condition of the shells to see if they’d be good to put in the incubator. Tomorrow, I’m going to put 7 in to see which are fertile & can stay in the incubator with the Phoenix bantam eggs I should be getting next week. Super excited but also super nervous. Fingers crossed!

{Photo of the Day} 27.02.2015

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{Risky Business} What To Do With All These Eggs

I’m not much for eating eggs. Which is really something I probably should have thought of before ordering those chicks that are supposed to be good egg layers. I honestly didn’t expect my Golden Laced Polish hens to be laying as many eggs as they have been. I kind of thought they’d be more ornamental. And yet, here I am with more eggs than I would ever need. I finally did get my family to start eating them, but they are used to the gigantic eggs from the grocery store so I don’t know how well my smaller eggs will go over. I know my grandparents really liked them.

Beyond learning multiple recipes for egg salads & deviled eggs, I decided to try decorating them. This is what I came up with.

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The Kraken’s Gift

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Let The Good Times Roll

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Dead Men Tell No Tales

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A Distinguished Lady

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First step is to “blow out” the egg. Make a hole in the shell at opposite ends of each other (usually done top & bottom of the egg but you don’t have to put the holes there exclusively). Make one hole larger than the other. Blow through the smaller hole to get the whites & yolks out of the eggs. It helps if you use something to break up the white & yolk before trying to blow it out.

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After everything is out, you can either use water or a bleach bath to clean the inside of the shell out. I used a bleach bath to try & get rid of the membrane (unsuccessfully so – I don’t think I let them sit in the bath long enough for the bleach to dissolve the membrane). Then, either let it dry over night or put them in the oven at a low temp for a few minutes. I went with the oven method since I needed to cure the polymer clay tentacle to the shape of the egg. I used Fimo brand clay, so the temp was 230degF for 30 minutes.

To finish, I just used acrylic paints & scrapbook embellishments in conjunction with the polymer clap pieces & then filled 2 eggs with glitter & 1 egg with a note. I didn’t really have a design for any of these, just made it up as I worked, so for the next round I will have a better plan. I want to make some very decorative & some with the purpose of breaking them open as glitter bombs & fortune eggs since I’m thinking about adding them as a product to my brand.

{Photo of the Day} 26.02.2015

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The sun came out & it stopped snowing for about 2 hours. It was like the eye of this snowstorm hit us for a little bit before the other side showed up. Calypso decided to lay her egg right as the snow was coming back.

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Before I got them all outside, since it was still snowing in the morning, they were hanging out in the barn. I found out later that this little turd was terrorizing my 20y/o Jack Russell Terrier. The poor dog is almost 100% blind & deaf at this point, so he was easy pickings for Odysseus. He also tried to fly up on my dad like I let him fly up onto my forearm or shoulder. I might need to rethink teaching him to do that if he thinks he can do it with everyone.

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The day wasn’t all uneventful. I noticed Athena was walking around a bit funny when I was getting everyone gathered up to move back into the barn. It looked like she was trying to lay an egg & just couldn’t find the right place. Well, it turned out that she had a very mild prolapsed vent. I freaked out, not even gonna try & play that one cool. I mean, it’s a little freaky seeing a chicken uterus squeezing out of a chicken behind. I had to let myself freak out for a minute, get my shit back together, then see how bad it was & find out how to fix it. She & I got lucky because all it took was about 10 minutes in a warm, mild soapy bath to get the gunk off her behind feathers & to get the little bit of uterus to go back to where it should be on its own. Which I was glad for because if it didn’t, I would have had to try & push it back in myself.

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After that, she got to hang out inside for the duration of Pacific Rim to make sure she was completely dry before going back outside. I was trying to do a balancing act of making sure she was dry but also making sure that she didn’t get too used to how warm it is in the house before having to go back outside. Toki did well with her, he even laid down by her to block her from the other dogs. Arya did not do well. 1 dog at a time. Toki even behaved yesterday when I was moving the birds out of the barn. Odysseus was making his own way out of the barn while Toki & I were making our way into the barn. Toki stopped in the doorway, let me walk in front of him to pick up Odysseus & then stayed behind me as I gathered the food up with the rooster. That could have been a fight that would not have made me happy.

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A Calypso egg & a Penelope egg. I accidentally dropped & cracked the Penelope egg & that lead me to find out that her eggs probably aren’t fertile (this one wasn’t). Kind of a disappointment but not that unexpected. I’ve noticed lately that while Odysseus still attempts to mate with all the hens, the only one he seems to be successfully doing so with is Nausicaä since she’s not as large as the other 3. She’s also his favourite hen. Of course. Anyhow, this will make incubating in a week interesting. Hopefully at least 2 of their eggs will be fertile & hatch. I want some offspring from Odysseus & the hens.

{Photo of the Day} 25.02.2015

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These 4 eggs are going into the incubator next week!

{Photo of the Day} 24.02.2015

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[Photo of the Day} 23.02.2015

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{Photo of the Day} 22.02.2015

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{Photo of the Day} 21.02.2015

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{Photo of the Day} 20.02.2015

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