Jellybean Babies

 

Happy Jellybean Day! Happy Earth Day! Hope you were able to find a jellybean tree to plant :)

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Sunday afternoon there was a little yellow bit of fuzz peeking out from under Dolores and the other hen.

 

 

 

 

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There he is!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dolores and the other hen were pretty protective of the little guy :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Whoops! Out of the nest he jumps!

Heather decided to name him Peter :)

(After Peter Cottontail, of course)

 

 

 

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I put him back into the nest, which made the two mama hens pretty happy :)

 

 

 

 

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Goslings don’t really snuggle under the hens like chicks do. They nestle up beside the mama hens.

 

 

 

 

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Out he jumped again. Dolores and the other hen raised such a fuss that Kaboosh came to see what was going on. He was completely enthralled to discover the little puff :)

 

 

 

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By yesterday there were a couple of more babies :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaboosh stayed beside the nest overnight to help keep track of any babies that decided to hop out of the nest.

 

 

 

 

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I piled some extra hay around the nest box so that the babies could get back in should they decide to jump out.

 

 

 

 

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Kaboosh pushing the babies away from me :)

 

 

 

 

 

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This afternoon, Dolores and the other hen came off with 9 adorable little puffs :)

 

 

 

 

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I went to clean out the nest and discovered this one egg almost hatched and another one that had pipped. So I put them in the incubator. The one egg has already hatched, but he’s still not fuzzy just yet.

 

 

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When I went to clean out the nest, I also discovered two little guys that had been left behind. They are now situated inside the house, underneath their heating pad, making little happy ‘purring’ noises :) They’re so cute!

Dolores

 

Hope you have a very Happy Easter tomorrow!

 

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Dolores has decided to join the other goose hen who has been nesting.

 

 

 

 

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They both appear to be content with this arrangement as they can take turns going to get something to eat or drink.

 

 

 

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Rechenka has started laying, too :)

But she hasn’t quite set up her nest yet.

 

 

 

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My mom managed to fall and break her hip :(

 

 

 

 

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So we headed down the road to help get her house somewhat situated.

 

 

 

 

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The bathroom was the biggie, but that seems to be set up for her now :)

 

 

 

 

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We stopped at a park along the way and fed some bread crumbs to the ducks and other funny looking birds.

 

 

 

 

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They look like a cross between a goose and a quail. They have the webbed feet and bill that sits high on their foreheads, but the coloring a body shape of a quail.

 

 

 

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I looked them up and I think they are American Coots. They are supposedly all over the US, so don’t know why I haven’t seen them before.

I suppose living in the high desert and inland, rather than along marshy areas would have something to do with that :)

 

 

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.
Jeremy Irons

 

Egg Yolk

 

I was sent this cool way to separate egg yolk from white:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/iAp8pEaWB1Y

 

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So thought I’d give it a shot.

First crack egg into a small bowl.

 

 

 

 

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Using a clean water bottle, ‘suck’ the egg yolk up into the bottle.

Kind of like using a dropper: squeeze the sides of the bottle, place over egg yolk, and then release the sides of the bottle. The yolked is sucked up into the bottle.

 

 

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It really works!

I did find that it worked better with older eggs. I had to run out to the coop to grab a couple for a recipe that I was making, and the bottle trick didn’t work very well with the fresh eggs.

 

 

Have a great day!

 

 

Yarn Eggs

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday! Easter is next week :)

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Okay, so these sounded a whole lot cuter to make than they turned out. But thought I would share the idea with you and see if you can make them look better than we did :)

 

 

 

 

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Take a water balloon and put in a piece of candy.

 

 

 

 

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Since Heather can’t have most Easter candy, we opted for some pretty beads :)

 

 

 

 

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Blow up balloon with candy/bead inside.

 

 

 

 

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Note: water balloons are made for exploding, so tend to be kind of flimsy.

We had several that blew out or had holes.

 

 

 

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Cut some pieces of yarn and soak them in some diluted glue. Similar to making paper mache, but using yarn rather than paper.

 

 

 

 

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Wrap yarn around the water balloon.

Make sure the holes in between the yarn aren’t too big.

 

 

 

 

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After the ‘eggs’ are wrapped, allow yarn/glue to dry for a couple of days.

My big helper wasn’t sure what to think of the project at this point.

 

 

 

 

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After the glue is dry, pop the balloon and pull it out through the holes, leaving the candy/bead inside.

 

 

 

 

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We had a few holes that were too big, so the beads rolled right out of the ‘eggs’.

And I should have used a stiffer glue solution. I used 50-50 water/glue. Am wondering if Modge Podge or fabric stiffener might not be a better option?

 

On a different note:

 

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My old waffle iron gave up the ghost. It had been steadily going downhill for a while, but the last batch of chocolate waffles were such a mess that I didn’t even bother to clean the iron. It just went into the trash.

 

 

 

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After some research, I found Breville waffle irons. They have a PFOA free nonstick coating, so no Teflon. Yay!

Williams-Sonoma was having a sale on them, along with a sale on Weck canning jars, so seemed like a perfect time to order :)

 

 

waffles 008So this morning, we had waffles :)

It’s SO cool! You can select temperature and browning. There is a moat around it so that waffle batter doesn’t ooze everywhere while they’re cooking. The waffles came out great :) And they are Heather approved :) She can put more maple syrup in the deep holes than in the waffles from the old iron :)

 

And on a completely different note: I started classes for Speech Language Pathology Assistant :) wow! So it’s a bit crazy around here :)

 

 

Always look on the bright side of life.
Monty Python

 

 

 

Dale

 

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Dale and the Penedesenca roo are enjoying the big hay bales :)

They like to pick out the clover blossoms before the sheep and goats get them :)

 

 

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Matador and his chickypoos like the hay as well :)

 

 

 

 

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Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin and muffins are healthy. You’re welcome. -Riley

Chickypoos

 

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Puff 2′s mohawk chicks are fully feathered now, so they got moved outside :)

 

 

 

 

 

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They weren’t quite sure what to think of this new environment :)

 

 

 

 

 

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The snow was a little bit scary. At least they kept fussing at it :)

 

 

 

 

 

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This one reminds me of Terk on Disney’s Tarzan :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Where did you bring us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is just pretty weird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scratch, scratch, dig, dig.

There might be something pretty interesting underneath the frozen dirt.

 

 

 

 

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The mohawks crack me up!

 

 

 

 

 

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At night they snuggled up underneath their heat lamp and were happy campers :)

I hurried out to check on them in the morning, but they were already out from under their heat lamp and ready to go exploring :)

 

 

 

I’ve often thought that the process of aging could be slowed down if it had to go through Congress.
George W. Bush

Geese and Goats

 

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The geese were lined up at the hay feeder.

 

 

 

 

 

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I didn’t know quite what to think.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yep, they were eating the hay!

 

 

 

 

 

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Say, this stuff is pretty tasty!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ooohh-I found a really yummy piece over here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wonder if we could get up in there and swim in this yummy green stuff?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kind of like eating spaghetti, but not so slippery

 

 

 

 

 

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Did you steal my piece?

 

 

 

 

 

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I think that was my piece!

 

 

 

 

 

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Olivia, Sassyfras, Trixie Belle and Meadow all snuggled down and staying warm :)

 

 

 

 

Seen on a T-shirt: Guns don’t kill people. Dads with pretty daughters kill people.

Zorro

 

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Puff 2′s cute little brown egg hatched!

 

 

 

 

 

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Isn’t he super cute?

 

 

 

 

 

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Puff 2 and the little guy were busy scratching around and eating bread crumbs this morning :)

 

 

 

 

 

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His mask reminds me of Zorro :)

 

 

 

 

 

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He was a little bit cold running around looking for bread crumbs and was letting his Mom know it. But Puff 2 wasn’t letting him get too far away from her.

 

 

 

 

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Spring started last week, what’s with the ice?

 

 

 

 

 

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Puff 2 is very protective of her little puff.

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Puff 2  :)

Welcome to the farm, Zorro :)

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend! Monday is Seward’s Day :)

 

Cat Show

 

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Over the weekend, we went to the Big Horn Outdoor show in the big city.

 

 

 

 

 

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There were lots of cool exhibits!

We signed up for lots of ‘free’ giveaways, which means we probably will get inundated with telemarketers over the next couple of weeks. But it’s hard to pass up an opportunity for a free Polaris!

 

 

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One of the exhibits was a Big Cat cat show, put on by Great Cats World Park based out of Cave Junction, OR.

 

 

 

 

 

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This was Malawi.

Malawi is a caracal. Apparently, they are considered a nuisance in Africa.

 

 

 

 

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But here, the crowd just loved the ears :)

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Dexter, a black leopard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dexter likes to jump :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amur leopard, I think Kirill was his name???

 

 

 

 

 

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He likes to jump, too :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Foxy, a white tiger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foxy is a beautiful cat :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She likes to jump, too :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She is not yet full grown, so still likes to ‘play’ :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Geoffroy’s cat, whose name I can’t remember.

All I can remember is that her jaws are strong enough to crack open a turtle shell, and she only weighs about 4 1/2 pounds. She can also bring down 20 pound prey, which is hard to believe for as small as she is. But I’m not going to test it, either :)

 

 

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Malawi was very affectionate and kept rubbing up against their legs. She acted like a big house cat :)

 

It was a good show and Heather is still talking about it :) Their website is

www.GreatCatsWorldPark.com

 

 

 

While at the Outdoor show, I was able to connect with the local Project Healing Hands Fly Fishing group. This is a group that helps support vets suffering from PTSD, rape, etc. So was able to donate a bunch of nice feathers that I’ve been picking up. Here is what they wrote me:

  PHWFF has been around Nationally since 2007, but our Spokane Program
 has only been off the ground and running for the past couple of years.
  In 2012 we started with 4 Veterans and have built this number steadily
 to over 50 Veterans that we are now helping. For us to do this
 properly, we need equipment and supplies such as what you are proposing
 to donate to us.  So, for that, I thank you.

Should anyone want to contact them, their website is www.projecthealingwaters.org. I really don’t know what they need for materials or mentors, other than feathers :) But you may wish to get involved and help our veterans.

 

 

 

Puffs

 

Today is National Goof Off Day! Sounds like a good excuse to go fishing :)

It’s also World Water Day, which makes for an even more convincing reason to go fishing :) What better way to appreciate good, clean water? :)

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Puff I has started laying eggs :)

Puff I needs spectacles. I don’t recall ever having a chicken that was visually challenged until now. She’s not blind, but when I offer bread crumbs in the morning, she pecks wildly about trying to locate the bread crumb.

 

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She is now setting on two blue eggs :)

So much for her goof-off day!

 

 

 

 

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Puff 2 is also setting on one little brown egg underneath the milking stanchion :)

She’s not goofing off too much, either :)

 

 

Anyway, enjoy your water and goofing off today :) Now that I think about it, it’s 22 degrees outside. Wouldn’t it be better to have Goof Off Day in July?