Sunday, December 27, 2015

Meneries and Tinnitus !

Close, mine can vary from a little lower, to a little higher... some times it does weird tones. 
Mostly the right ear ...for now.
Its 24/7.

Why I can't handle even the most simple, every day noise... 
and loud noises are just painful..

Meneires is not deadly, but it will change your life.

Newest chicks ~

 First batch of blk chicks and the latest hatch from the 
white Ameraucana bantam hens and Belgian d'Anver roosters. 
5 black chicks in all.

Hatched only the clearest, very blue eggs.

One of the mothers.
 Excuse the dirty beard, gave them messy treats earlier.

You can get black chicks from a white parent that has a recessive white gene, and another parent that has come kind of color.
You will always end up with black chicks.

Just had two more White Quail d'Anver hatch the last couple of days..
from a different area of the property.
Different parents from the Blacks.

There is one d'Uccle in there, can see with the off color.

 These are the ones I had under the broody Welsummer hen.
But I had to take the unhatched eggs away from her, because the one egg she hatched, she killed the chick.
She has now been double banded, so I know she can't be trusted with chicks.

White Quail chicks are growing up

White Quail d'Anver chicks are growing up and getting 
their first feathers.

About half are roosters again, but I found an auction house I can take them and plan
 on doing that next month.
I really need a grow out pen for roosters... or some place I can put them until I find them homes.
Rose sitting on my lap, while I watch the chicks.
She has been very good about it.

The gawky pre teen chick stage. LOL

Bread ~

I "think" I figured out what I need to do with my bread to get it to rise like it did in the Pacific NW.
I added one small Bantam egg for the first time. 
Seemed to make a difference.
Hamburger buns, are a normal size!! Yes!!

Think I will have hamburgers for dinner tonight. 

First Blue eggs

This Cream Crested Legbar pullet, is a little dark for the standard
but she is the one that laid the first blue, blue egg.
Two small eggs at first and now her first large blue egg.
The brown egg next to the blue eggs is from a Welsummer.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Me and a Pullet ~

DH took this photo of me, sitting with Buttercup, ,
 on my lap.
(Buttercup is one of my Blue Wheaten Ameraucana pullets)
She loves sitting with me, and talks about her day.

Everyone else moved on, after all the treats were gone.
Man, my hair is getting grey.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Cake ~

Apple Cinnamon Cake....    
I did it a bit different and stuffed it in one cake pan. 
 My cake pan was bigger than what was called for.

Supposed to have caramel sauce to go with it..... 
 but it should taste good without it.
For the recipe...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

First Belgian d'Uccle chick !!

Just got back in from doing outside chores and too my surprise... the Marans hen must of been hiding this one.
 Feel guilty taking all her chicks away... but there is too much of a size difference between her and the tiny bantam chicks.

This spring, if she goes broody again, will give her some full sized eggs to hatch out and raise.

First d'Uccle chick, pretty sure from my Buff hen.
 Time will tell for sure though, once it feathers out.

Hatching eggs during winter ~

 Was going to take a break from hatching chicks during this winter.
d'Anver Hens kept laying tiny eggs and well....
I couldn't help myself, I put them in the Incubator.
As the parents are so young, wasn't sure any of them would hatch.
This is the first one to make its appearance.

Above is the White Quail d'Anver chick, now up to 8 of them.

 Brought 5 grey Silkie chicks home the other night.

The other two are White Quail d'Anvers, the d'Anvers were hatched on the 11th, the Silkies in the 14th, if I remember correctly.

Hoping for a couple, future, broody Silkie hens, so
they , can raise the babies, outside.

These chicks will have to stay indoors until fully feathered...
Makes it a little easier when they are tiny bantams.

Bit of a hair cut!

Am getting older, hair very thin compared how thick it used to be.

So I decided to cut it myself... maybe not the best idea in the world.  Watched some video on how to cut bangs.. did the ponytail trick to shorten my
hair with layers.
Having Meniere's can be a pain some times... makes going to a salon impossible.

Rose saw me trying to take a selfie... which I am horrible at.
She grabbed my hand with the kindle with her paw and brought it over. LOL
Talking to me the whole time. She is silly.

Need to style my hair a bit, forgot about my cowlick...
when I did the bangs...   it will grow out.
Just washed it, so it isn't dry.

Haven't had bangs for goodness.. what... 26++ years.
Can also style it off to the side, which I think looks better.

Thinking I might cut the longer parts shorter.

Will be interesting to see if my hair gets even more wavy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mom made me a Scarf from my Yarn

 This is the beautiful Scarf my Mother made me.

 From the yarn I hand spun.

Now that Rose has grown up, I can again spin in the
 front room.
This is what I am working on right now,
 a super soft, Blue Faced Leicester.
In a off white, silver, soft tans and browns. Will make a nice
heathered look, once knitted into something.

I bought a couple of polyester pillows from Zazzle 
when they had their 1/2 off sale.
Both pillows have my Art on them.
Using this one for back support when I am spinning yarn
 and it is working perfectly.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bantams old and New ~

Same two eggs, one With a Flash, the other WithOut.
Color is really like the above photo.

Blue Quail d'Anver hen, strutting over for a treat.

Claire loves to sit on my Arm, but not when the camera is in her face.

Claire below, she wanted on my Arm, but I was trying to get photos of the 4 new pullets.
So she flew up to the perch over my head and tried to land on my hat.

Goldielocks,  a Belgian d'Anver, trying to hatch out a golf ball.
I did end up putting 7 of her eggs in the incubator.
Kind'a of silly for this time of year but I just couldn't help myself. ;O)

Group shot, one of the new Buff colored hens
 eating with the group.

Halo, one of the remaining Lavenders. Knock on wood, she is going ok..
but I am not going to breed any more pure lavenders, to many genetic problems.
Pretty sure the most green tiny egg above, is one of hers.

One of my Porcelain d'Uccle hens, finishing up her Molt.

And another Porcelain d'Uccle Hen... including her tail feathers!
Poor thing looks very scruffy.

Two of the 4 new hens I went 2 1/2 hours to pickup.
One on the left is a very rare, hard to find Silver Millie Fleur, the other is
a normal Millie Fleur color.
Both are super gentle and not sure about their new home.
But with time and treats, they will come around.

Beaks are a bit long, will trim those once they settle in.

Brought the Roses inside ~

Brought the Roses inside for the winter, since they just died when I left them out.
They should be quite happy with the grow light.

Had a credit at a local nursery, and they had a star Jasmine for 75% off...

 got that, another another Japanese Maple tree, which is now in a pot outside.
Is a Hconitiol, and the friends and family that remember the Photographs I took at the Portland Japanese Garden, will remember how cool that one is. VBG

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blue Wheaten Ameraucana and Crested Cream Legbar chickens ~

They are growing up fast. Above is Buttercup, 
who wants a treat.
Her and the Pullet below are a
Blue Wheaten Ameraucana.

One of two Blue Wheaten Ameraucana Roosters... this one is called Broken Toe.

 Group shot. Raising the Legbars and Ameraucana's together, so they will all get along this winter.

Next spring, each breed will go into their own pasture, to make sure I have pure bred offspring.

Many trying to take a dust bath, in one spot.

Their area, used to be thick with grass.. they pretty much ate and stomped it all to death.

Dust bath in sand and alfalfa chop.

Yes, even though they will be a full sized chicken, then can fly rather well.

Photos above and below are Legbars.

One of the two Legbar Roosters that made the cut.

The BW Ameraucana's are sweet and gentle... 
the Legbars... sweet, and roudy. LOL 
Both breeds are a lot of fun.