Sunday, November 29, 2009

After all these months I found....

A video of QuackStar!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New flock photos

I haven't uploaded pictures for a long time!  Here are some new ones from yesterday and today.

Lady Sandstorm and Egglantine dust bathe.

Chipmunk walks.  She's so cute!

Help.  She's pretty!


Try to figure out what's going on in this odd photo!

Silly Chipmunk!

And, last but certainly not least, Lord Firestar.


I'm thankful for Lord Firestar, Lady Sandstorm, the three Musketeers and Egglantine!  And QuackStar, we miss him a lot!  Oh, and the oldest flock, and the younger flock.  So I'm thankful for:
  1. Yikes
  2. Cutie-Pie
  3. Snowneck
  4. Sleeve-Eater
  5. Cheeseball
  6. Mouse
  7. Bluestar
  8. Mookie
  9. Kooshie
  10. Trespassers
  11. Turtle
  12. Juliana
  13. Lord Firestar
  14. Lady Sandstorm
  15. QuackStar
  16. Black
  17. Yellow
  18. Chipmunk
  19. Help
  20. Knight
  21. Gold
  22. Egglantine
Oh, and my friends and family, of course.  And I'm thankful that the chickens have good houses to live in, good feed to eat, good people taking care of them and clean water to drink.
  There's a lot to be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Backyard Poultry

Today I got an issue of Backyard Poultry in the mail!  As usual, I had a good time reading it!
  Not to be confused with Backyard Chickens, Backyard Poultry is an excellent magazine for crazy chicken people!  There's lots of useful advice, a breeders directory and a fun section especially for kids (although I have a feeling that quite a few adults like Gertrude McCluck mysteries too).   Between Backyard Poultry and Backyard Chickens, you hardly need anything else!

Not much else to write about.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Beautiful Lord Firestar

Lord Firestar is so cute!  He and the three musketeers (formerly The Gang) like to go exploring together.  He watches over them with a worried look on his face.
  At last!  A happy family!  Even Lady Sandstorm is starting to tolerate everybody.

Like the new template?  I think I'll need to fix the header but it looks good!  Very calm and stately, just like Snowneck!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thirty followers!

I never imagined I'd have to make another award so soon!  You guys are keeping me busy!  Don't worry, I really enjoy making awards.  This one is the first one that says why I made it!

  Enjoy looking at it and (as usual) you can put it on your blog if you want.  If you don't want to put it on your blog, I don't mind. 

  Chipmunk and friends wanted me to post a link to their blog.  The shameless pullets will do anything for publicity!  So here it is:  Mookie and Kooshie and Chipmunk and Yellow and Help's blog

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I wonder if we'll ever get eggs again....

I really miss getting eggs.  I don't think we've gotten one since August!  Here's what I want:

Aren't they pretty?

Also, I started trying out png for some of my pictures.  The nice thing is that png supports transparency!  I would use gif except for a small problem:  my favorite image editing program rejects that type of image!  Very annoying.
  Oh, and here's an example:

You can't see it here but that picture is transparent where it looks white.  Cool!

Edited to add:  if you click and drag this picture, you can see the writing underneath!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Poultry project fun!

I just got back from the poultry project.  As usual, it was very fun!  My favorite part was when we made chicken treats!  Here's the recipe:

Chicken treats
You need:
  • Peanut butter
  • A pine cone
  • String
  • Scratch or feed or birdseed
First tie a string around the pine cone.  This will make it easy to hang.  Coat the pine cone with peanut butter.  It doesn't have to be drowned it the stuff, just coated with enough to make it sticky.  Roll the cone in seed.
  You might have to put it in your fridge for a bit before giving it to your chickens.  Have fun!

Finally, a wet day!

It rained a bit!  For some queer reason, Lord Firestar was hanging out in the damp Eglu run by himself.  Maybe he thinks he'll be more heroic with wet feathers.  All the girls were staying in the Eglu house, occasionally going out to eat.
  They are all getting along pretty well now.  Even evil Lady Sandstorm is being fairly good.  I can hardly believe that little creep became tolerably nice!  I love her.

Here's a picture I just finished doing:

Nothing quite as satisfying as making the perfect picture!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I took a really neat photo today!

Chipmunk in action!  I like this picture.

Chipmunk is a cool pullet!  She likes to eat, play and hang out with the gang!  Oh, and she's cute.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Twenty Followers? Cool!

This is so cool!  I currently have twenty followers!  Take a look at my followers gadget, it's amazing!  I also know of at least one person who subscribes to my blog unofficially.  I guess this means I must have a fairly good blog.
  As usual, that means I need to give out a prize.  You don't need to put it on your blog (unless you want to, of course!) but I need to make a prize.  Here it is:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rabbits...for meat

Rabbits are very cute.  Rabbits are very fuzzy.  But, at dinner tonight, I learned a sad truth: rabbit meat is very tasty!  Have you tried rabbit?  It can be really good!
  The point is that we have a good reason to raise rabbits now.  I think we'll be choosing a New Zealand White or similar breed to start with.  This should be an interesting adventure!

BIG Eggie! (Not)

Egglantine weighs 3 ounces.  She's about a month and a half old if I figured that out right.  Not as far behind as I thought.
  Yellow is 11 ounces and Help is 12.  I tried to weigh Chipmunk but she left.  Silly Chippie. 
  I guess Eggie isn't quite as stunted as I thought.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Some of the fabulous blogs and websites I've found!

You may be aware that the internet is vast.  I am very aware that I have only seen a small handful of the millions of websites out there!  Here are some of my favorite links (more will be added):

Poultry blogs:
Completely Quackers! A nice blog.  Lots of ducks and chickens!

It's a Poultry Thing Lots of great photography!

Poultry websites:
Backyard Chickens Want to learn everything about chickens?  BYC is the place for you!

Feathersite You can find almost any poultry breed here.

Brown Egg Blue Egg Lots of great articles!

American Poultry Association What chicken link list is complete without this site?

Omlet USA Want a nice, easy to clean coop?  Then this is the link for you!

My new chicken breeds spreadsheet!  Take a look at it!

Blogs by my cool followers:
Wings of a Horse Dreamstar's blog.

Heart 4 Art Eyecontact's blog.

Our Little Farm Jennifer's blog.
Fun blogs:
Ponderings of Two Guinea Pigs Okay, how can I not add a blog written by guinea pigs?!

Silly/fun YouTube stuff (absolutely NOTHING offensive!):
Thunderbirds Are Go~Alan's Dream Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, not the human-actor nonsense!

Rooster does a Birthday dance! This is a funny video!

If a link no longer works, please comment here.  If you want your blog/site on this list, comment here with the URL.
  I hope you like some of the links!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rabbit project and day 2 outside

Today was the 4-H Rabbit Project meeting.  We learned about Showmanship (I always think it would be funny if girls did showgirlship~there's a funny breed of chicken called a Showgirl!) which was interesting.  I definitely won't be doing it though!  It looks hard!

  Egglantine & friends are doing okay despite the fact that Lady Sandstorm is a peckish creep.  They're getting along pretty well in the Eglu now!  I wish we could move so Lord Firestar could join them.
  Well that's the news!  Not a lot going on here, is there?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Big slumber party!

All the girls are sleeping in the Eglu tonight!  If it works, we'll only have Lord Firestar living in the house!  I'm going to check on them now. 

Everything looks fine.  Just a big puddle of sleepy Seramas.  Hopefully they'll just decide to live together.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The newest header!

Take a look!  The new header is a special one!  It took way more time to make than the old one.  The first header was just writing.  The second one was a cropped picture set under the writing.  This one took a lot of work and arranging!  I like it.  Just goes to show that sometimes hard work is worth the effort.

Old header:

New header:

In case you forgot her name, the new fashion model/hen is Snowneck. 

I was inspired by Olive Tree of HorseFeathers.  She's always improving her blog and it makes me want to improve mine!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lady Sandstorm

The Lady's tail is growing back beautifully!  It must be the chick starter that's helping her feathers.  Don't worry, I took pictures of her with no tail.
  Egglantine isn't doing well, she looks a bit bald!  I'm not sure what the problem is, I'm guessing she's cold or something.  Hopefully she's just going through a major ugly stage!
  The gang is doing fine.  Three months old is probably my favorite chicken age.  By three months old, most of their down is gone but they still get scared of the silliest things (such as pieces of mint-green fabric)!
  Lord Firestar is falling in love!  "Yay!  He and Lady Sandstorm like each other again!" you think.  Actually, he's falling in love with Chipmunk, his silly daughter!  Chipmunk likes to hang out with Lord Firestar but she leaves when he starts dancing.

Life is very busy around here!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quackie? Is it you?

I think I saw QuackStar at the Japanese tea garden!  One of the ducks was a big, fat drake who was having fun splashing around.  He just seemed like my little Quackie.  It was good to see him again.