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{Photo of the Day} 31.01.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 30.01.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 29.01.2016

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Got another ghost egg today! I don’t know who laid it, though.

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{Photo of the Day} 28.01.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 27.01.2016

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Today was kind of a busy day, as far as the birds went. I had decided that instead of just making an extension to the main pen that I should just make a new pen & coop to let my birds be separate flocks instead of trying to get them to be one. Mom & I went down to Wardle Feed & Pet Supply to check out how much the Hobbit Hole coop they had was since she was going to be busy Saturday & the store isn’t open on Sunday.

First, I was really surprised how many animals they had on site considering where the store was located. And they had a variety! There were chickens of all sizes, rabbits & bunnies, turkeys, goats & a peacock. They even had a black Sumatra rooster that I wanted so much but that wasn’t for sale. He was a really good looking rooster with a great tail. Anyhow, the coop.

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The Hobbit Hole coop turned out to be big enough for me to move into. It was also priced high enough that I probably could have gotten a mortgage on it, too! It was so cute, though. I wanted it but it was too big for what I needed. So, I found what I thought was a suitable second choice.

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(The brown one on the left)

It was a price I could afford & needed minimal upgrades for my purposes (a couple more windows & ventilation & at least one nesting box). Mom surprised me by buying it so we could take it home today. I am paying her back for it – I was waiting until this weekend to buy a new coop because I get paid on Friday. It was still extremely kind of her & a surprise. The staff were really nice & helpful. It’s always a gamble, going into feed stores looking the way I do (& anywhere in general walking & talking the way I do), so it’s nice when the staff don’t treat me like I have the plague. I even learned that Damien will probably get the rest of his occelus train feathers in sometime during this summer. I have been trying to figure out when that would happen since his first occelus popped out. Anyhow, now I need to get the second pen built on Saturday before the weather turns wintery again.

When we got it back home & unloaded, I opened up the pens & let everyone out. Memnoch & Mercury even came all the way out of the barn this time! At first, it didn’t go so well. 3 months apart didn’t dull any animosity between father & son.

The good news is that the fight wasn’t really a fight (as in, no blood was drawn). Better news is that Damien came over & ended the scuffle by putting his foot down on Memnoch. The strange thing was that, when Memnoch eagerly ran into the enclosed chicken yard, Calypso started fighting with him in the exact same manner as Odysseus. None of the females have ever showed this level of aggression before & it really surprised me. She did not like him coming into their yard at all. Mercury followed Memnoch in there because those two don’t like to be seperated & while she didn’t get the same reception Memnoch got, she was more than happy to let me pick her up & move her to the other side of the yard with her brother. Sparta, Ava’Dara & Damien also spent most of their time wandering the entire yard with the twins & everyone else stayed in the chicken yard. That went on until a large chunk of snow ice slid off the roof of the house & startled Damien. After that, everyone put themselves up in their respective areas except Damien, who walked around honking angrily for about 10 minutes before going in.

It was nice, watching them wander around & interact with each other & the rabbits. I’ve been in a pretty deep depression since Christmas. I felt a little better for a little bit today.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Quantum Chicken Maths

More developments on the spring hatch:

Last update, I had found a Ayam Cemani breeder that was selling hatching eggs for $25 an egg and I was considering ordering 4 and then filling up the rest of my incubator with hatching eggs from Boggy Bottom Bantams. I went ahead and contacted BBB to find out what their list for 2016 was going to be, and to my surprise they have added Ayam Cemani to their breeding list as well!

Even better, they are selling chicks for $20 and hatching eggs for $10! They told me that they probably wouldn’t be able to do a full order on chicks so I would need to order “filler” chicks (to help keep all the chicks warm during shipping to help minimise deaths), which would be great for me because they have almost all the other breeds I would want. So, I made a list!

  • Blue gold Phoenix bantam
  • Black Sumatra bantam
  • Silver wheaten Ohiki
  • Black Ohiki
  • Blue d’Anvers
  • Lavender d’Anvers
  • Columbian d’Anvers
  • Blue silver quail d’Anvers
  • Mottled d’Anvers
  • Blue mottled d’Anvers
  • Ayam Cemani

I need to decided which I want to go with, eggs or chicks, and then crunch the numbers. All of this is also dependent on if I have room for them. My main course of action needs to be: getting the pen extension & extra coop set up to move Odysseus & the Ithakē ladies to & setting up the Section 20 Flock. The second is going to be the more difficult one to knock off the list because I need to decide if I want to risk them disappearing on me by letting them free range or building a flight pen & shed for them (and then figuring out where I would be allowed to built it).

If I get all that figured out, then I have to consider what happens when I end up either hatching or getting a male if I order from my list for the spring. Do I have the room to keep them? Do I try to integrate them with Memnoch? Do I build a bachelor pad for them? Selling them isn’t really an option because no one wants the males for anything other than fighting or soups – this was the reason I changed my mind about breeding & selling chicks.

Stopping to really think about this stuff is crucial. The addition of the peas kind of threw a wrench in my chicken flock expansion plans since they weren’t planned & are large, expensive birds that need substantial housing if I don’t want them free ranging 24/7. Which, honestly, I don’t. If I knew they’d stay in the backyard & werent crossing the street to be nosy with the neighbours, I wouldn’t mind letting them free range 24/7. I know the opposite is true & it’s pure luck that Damien wasn’t run over any time during the summer when he was trucking back & forth across the street. Maybe 10 years ago, it wouldn’t have been something I was worried about, but now we’ve got a lot more traffic that thinks a dirt road is a drag racing strip. We’ve also got Halliburton semi trucks going 70+ mph up & down the 45/55 mph main paved road at the end of our dirt road. Basically, it boils down to my not trusting any human being around here to be decent & not kill my peafowl & my peafowl being too expensive to gamble with. However, I don’t own this property, so it really boils down to what I’ll be allowed to do. And that’s kind of a waiting game right now.

{Photo of the Day} 26.01.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 25.01.2016

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A member of The Family escaped to hang out with a member of The Cult of the Five Feral Black Bunnies.

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First, it’s magick time…

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And then it’s cuddle time!

{Photo of the Day} 24.01.2016

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{Photo of the Day} 23.01.2016

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