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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Egg-Eater!!!! :(

Now in the chicken keeping world we have to beware of "egg-eaters" - chickens which develop a taste for eggs and eat them as soon as they are laid. These birds often have to be culled if they cannot be coaxed out of their addiction.

So............. what happens when you find the egg eater is none other than your flippin' dog?????

Yesterday I left some bowls on my kitchen with 4 eggs for my neighbour (to thank her for the cakes that had come in the bowls in the first place) I didn't see her yesterday so went to bed with the bowls and eggs still on the kitchen table....... I came down this morning to find only 1 egg in the bowl. Strange. I looked around, I checked with MrNoo (it would have been some breakfast but you never know) no sign whatsoever. I thought I was losing my mind (not for the first time!) I re-counted the ones I have aside for my sister, and the 2 left for me - yep still as they were. So just 3 missing from the bowl (I should add it's like a small mixing bowl with high sides) The only evidence which I did find, some 5 minutes later, was on the ear of Miss Spot..........
You can't really tell from the photo but the ends of her ears are a little wet and matted!!!!!! - I did later find 2 of the tiniest pieces of egg-shell in her bed. So she must have jumped up - removed an egg from the bowl and carried it unbroken to her bed. Whereupon she has eaten said egg and shell, and returned for another 2. I was really cross, but can now see the funny (and it must be said, somewhat clever) side of things. - She is going to stink when that egg dries though and she hates having a bath - methinks it'll be my opportunity for getting my own back!

p.s. she is normally a very good girl and has only ever stolen once before..... funnily enough that was one of my neighbours cakes out of the same bowl!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A 3 egg day!

It seems my girls are incredibly consistent! - The middle egg is from my Welsummer (probably Bea) who has just returned to laying...... it's 70g (!) The other two are from the hybrids, who I have to say have laid every day through the winter (apart from one of them having a couple of days off last week, but I think she probably deserved a rest) and they're both 68g! - how amazing is that they are so similar in weight........... Must get to making some ice cream soon!!!!

(p.s. *newsflash* - the silkies put themselves to bed last night - finally!!!!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Well there was me, trotting round town on Saturday, when I skipped across a kerb to cross a road before the lights changed...... Unfortunately there was a metal hoop laying in the road which caught around my foot and I crashed to the floor!!! - Honestly, I felt like I was 4 again! Needless to say the nice courteous people of Guildford didn't flock to my side to make sure I wasn't run over by oncoming traffic. In fact only ONE person even enquired as to my well-being. I removed the hoop from the roadside in case anyone else should happen upon it in the same way I had, and took myself to the nearest ladies convenience to wash my hands and remove the bits of road from my knees! I continued about my business (buying a joint for Sunday roast, and such) and returned home, slightly shaken I suppose but not really any the worse for wear, apart from the slight grazes.

Well come Sunday morning and I find I can't actually get out of bed...... I had instinctively put my hands out and landed palms first, but that must have jarred the whole top of my body, ribs, arm muscles, neck, chest.... plus the bruises to legs and knees made me a hobbling invalid. And I cannot believe that it did not occur to me, having had an intimate moment with a road surface, not to go and buy Arnica tablets, which are always my first recommendation to anyone in a similar situation. What a dope! - Luckily I do have Epsom Salts at home, so I spent large parts of Sunday and Monday in a hot salty bath. - Today (much to Spot's delight) - I can move again! The only lasting effect is a bruised rib which is right where my bra band is! - Typical! Still, luckily no lasting damage and aside from a few days where I can't go running, and maybe a little more sitting and knitting than I would normally indulge in, life has quickly returned to normal. I do feel an idiot though!!!!!

The chooks are all fine and, as if understanding my hour of agony and self-pity, I got 3 eggs on Sunday!!! - Little angels!

My increased knitting time has meant that Graffiti is finished - well at least the knitting stage is, it still needs sewing up..... but I can't bend over the ironing board for that long just yet. So, I have started on Rogue which was a pattern and yarn I had to hand as I didn't have the energy to make any life-enhancing decisions about what to knit. - One sleeve has been done already! Just as well the housework can always wait in this household!!!! :)