Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What about chickens?

Ever thought about where your eggs come from? No, they do NOT spontaneously appear at the store. They are NOT manufactured in a food processing facility. They are made by chickens. Hens (female chickens) lay one egg a day at most even without a rooster around and NO the eggs aren't baby chickens, especially if there isn't a rooster around. Even if you do have a rooster, it doesn't mean you have a baby chick in the egg. For it to have a chick in it the hen has to sit on it for 21 days, incubating it so that the egg develops into a chick and that's only if it was fertilized by a rooster.

I get the strangest questions about chickens and eggs, if you really want to know more do a little research or visit www.backyardchickens.com

Now, about my chickens. I've just started back into chicken ownership. I have 3 Easter Egger pullets (EE's), 3 New Hampshire Red pullets (NHR's), a mixed breed hen, an EE chick and three mixed breed chicks. I have more mixed breed eggs and 3 silkie eggs in the incubator, set to hatch near November 6. My hen has stopped laying due to molting and the 3 NHR's should be laying big brown eggs any day now, the 3 EE pullets.... well I should be getting blue tinted eggs come spring.
Here are my 'girls'

Red the treat hog:
Bertha, the shy one:
Josephine, the crooked comb
Esmeralda, she only tolerates me for treats:

My 3 EE's, who are still terrified of me. Top row left to right, Freak and Panic and the bottom girl is Mayhem:And last but not least the 6 week old chicks, top to bottom Seven (EE), Karate Kid (mutt), Danielson (mutt), and Miagi (mutt):

If all you've ever heard about chickens is that they are stupid, loud, nasty, filthy, dirty creatures that don't deserve a spot in your yard.... Well you need to think again. They are only as 'nasty' as their owners let them get. Most hens aren't loud, roosters on the other hand can be. Stupid I'll give you but it's all a matter of perspective. Having chickens give you eggs, entertainment, and bug control. Look into chicken ownership and participate in the 'Slow Food' movement, though I'm not sure who would consider a chicken slow.........

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Why am I doing this?

Seriously, I have no clue. I guess it's just another way to be creative.
I have far too many hobbies that use needles and have stepped on more than a few stray needles. They hurt, make you pause for a second to retrieve them and are generally an aggravation. Then you go on your merry way and eventually you step on another one. I guess that's what I am, a stray needle.
Not sure how often I'm going to update this, my hobbies and interests keep me hopping, though I will strive for at least every month.

Hobbies for these stray needles:
Quilting, not just piecing bits of fabric together and handing it off to someone to finish, I'm talking quilting, the real deal with little needles and lots of thread and a thimble that doesn't have a hole in it.
Sewing, yes I do still sew somethings by hand.
Applique, not with the machine either. I cut out my pieces and turn them under and out comes that needle.
Bead weaving, not just loom work either. I am partial to RAW (right angle weave) and Peyote stitches at the moment.
Needle tatting, still not proficient with it though.
Embroidery, no easy way out here with a machine, no I do this by hand, with needles. And we aren't talking cross stitch either, no that would be too easy.
Beaded embroidery, same thing as above but with tiny beads added to the mix. Can you tell I'm a glutton for punishment yet?

There are a few more I think but can't remember since I don't do all of this every day.