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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Coffee, An Egg Has Pipped

Good Thursday morning. Recently I got a sample from the Walmart site online. You can get lots of free samples sent to you in the mail from them and it changes from week to week. I got a sample of Dunkin Donuts coffee. I was HOOKED instantly.

Me being a cheap kind of gal I was a bit surprised at the small bag and the big price. But it was SO GOOD! I am the only one that drinks coffee in this house, so it would last. It was six dollars and twenty four cents for this little bag.

I snatched it up and threw it in the buggy. We are all allowed some indulgence aren't we? Got home and put away the groceries. Next morning I get my new coffee out, open it up, and UH OH. I picked up WHOLE BEAN in my haste. OOPS. I proceeded to put some in a plastic freezer baggie, wrap it in a kitchen towel and beat the tar out of it with a hammer, hoping to smash it to bits so I could have my new coffee.

Looking at the results I thought I had done a pretty fair job. I put the carnage in a filter into the top of the coffee maker and filled the coffee maker up with water. Waiting patiently as it brewed. At last it stopped, it was finished. I thrust my cup under the dispenser and out came...well, something that looked like very weak tea. :( I even tried it, tasted it, in a failing hope that it would be good enough. Nope. So I threw it all out and made my old brand, Red Diamond. Sigh...

The next trip to Walmart for groceries I was on a mission to get me a coffee grinder. Ian found me one right away for fifteen dollars. I was so happy. I had now spent fifteen dollars to grind an overpriced small bag of coffee that wasnt even already ground for me...but I was happy. ;)

I am properly hooked on this coffee thank you very much. It is really good coffee.





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Now, I was asked when the babies might hatch. Well...I got an answer for you. Today! Well, one anyway. I realize that after getting the eggs from under the hen like I did they will not all hatch at the same time. Some are a few days behind.

I was sitting in the living room at five a.m. this morning watching the local news when I heard a very loud PEEP. I thought I might be hearing things. It wasnt time yet was it? So I went in the kitchen, lifted the lid to the incubator and this is what I found. The first one is pipping! It will more than likely take all day to come out. With these small breeds you have to sometimes help them out, but it is a very tricky delicate thing. If you open the egg too soon, they can die, but if you open it too late, they might have already died in the shell. It is a very delicate thing, you just kind of have to get a feel for it. I have had my share of failures unfortunately.

For now it is doing fine. If it starts to break the shell more by this afternoon I will leave it to try to come out on its on for a little longer.

Here is what I found this morning..more pictures to follow as this progresses...



See the hole in the egg?

Chicks have what is called a sort of 'tooth' on the end of the top of their beak. It helps them to peck out of the shell. This will fall off later when the chick gets a little older, usually you will see it gone within a week or so.


Okay, I had some questions from my dear readers and I wanted to answer them today.

Show results on Tim and Faith.

Well...they both won first place in their breed. Good right? Well, leave it to me to bring a breed that is little known. There were no other Japanese Silver Phoenix to go up against. BUT..with that said, the judges can still leave you with no marks or placing because your birds are not show quality. SO, I still got good marks, because I have nice show quality birds.


On the Karen, Erin, Mike saga...

Karen had never met Mike before so she didnt know him well enough to know what he would or would not do where his daughter was concerned so that was not really what made her react the way she did.

Erin was in fact over the top. You know when a child is very upset and does that hitching sound while they are trying to talk? Well that is what Erin sounded like, along with theatrics that were way out of place. Acting SO much LIKE a child, in the dark, Karen thought she was the child. Karen doesnt see Erin much either, I dont either for that matter, so it would have been easy to mistake Erin for Abby.


LOL...I dont eat my chickens...unless they make me very angry. No, really, just kidding. I dont eat my chickens. They are pets.

I am not a vegetarian. We eat plenty of meat. We eat chicken, fish, beef, pork, we are big meat eaters.

No one in the back yard need worry...except maybe ALAN.

The other day Shelby was upstairs in her bathroom brushing her teeth. If you look out her bathroom window you can see the whole back yard. She hollered down...

"Where is Alan? I cant see him in his pen?"

I was up and racing out the door fast as my feet would take me.

If Alan gets out, he could kill Hank. They are the same size and the same breed, but Hank is old, Alan is not. Hank thinks he can fight, but he is clumsy and tires easily.

I already had it in my head that if Alan was loose and had killed Hank that would be the end for Alan. I would have easily been able to snatch him up by the neck and ring his head completely off...fueled solely by my grief of losing Hank.

Well he got a reprieve. He was in his pen, he was just standing behind his waterer and Shelby couldnt see him.

Shelby said she was sorry to get me in an uproar like that.

I told her no, dont apologize, if you see something not right out there, always let me know. I would rather it be nothing, but if it is something, I sure do want to know.

Just like a few days ago when she spotted one of my Buttercups all hunched up. She says,

"Mama you got a buttercup out there that doesnt feel good"

She may have very well saved her life. She has a bad cold but we got her on antibiotics and isolated so she can rest and she will probably be fine.

I think that covers it all...if not, tell me, and I will get right on it.

Thankyou, all of you. I really appreciate each and everyone that comes by to visit me. :)

Now, I got to do some catching up of my own and visit some folks myself! You all have a great day today.



madcobug said...

That must be really good coffee for you to go to all that expense LOL. I hope all your chicks hatch without any problems. Shelby is good to help you keep a watch on your chickens. Better safe than sorry. Alan might make you mad enough to kill him but I would bet that you couldn't eat a bite of him. Helen

blazensun said...

Hi Kelly just poppin in to say Hi . Are you doing the Card exchange this year. If so email me.  Love you chickens I can't wait to move to Pa so I caould get some.
Wishing you a blessed day.


ally123130585918 said...

That little bag of sample coffee sure cost you big time ~ sorry but I had to laugh at you picking up whole coffee beans can just imagine you beating the tar out of it :o) glad you now have a grinder ~ and are a happy bunny ~ hope those little chicks still in their shells all survive ~ glad Shelby noticed one of your Buttercups was not well ~ Ally x

breakaway1968 said...

Those are some lucky chicks then! lol  I'm going to check out that coffee...EVERYONE I know drinks coffee and LOVES it.  It got me curious now lol.  I'[m not always a coffee drinker but I do drink it sometimes.  Especially when a cold caffeine drink doesn't do it...like today when it's NEGATIVE 14 degrees!  I wish I would have had that coffee this morning!  Have a great day and can't wait to see updated pics on the hatch!  I would love to see that in person!  

robinngabster said...

I splurged on Starbucks this morning...now I am gonna have to try the Dunkin Donuts coffee!

plieck30 said...

Sounds like Shelby has a bird's eye view. Good she helps keep an eye on things in the yard. Oh by the way John's youngest granddaughter is named Shelby. Paula

gen0507 said...

Well I may have to try some of that coffee.....  It must be good because you went to alot of trouble to have that coffee.


mcknansmom said...

i have always heard that is excellent coffee but have never tried it.....

tampa0503 said...

OK, I'm playing kethup...Tim & Faith, your children?  Hank, your son? A pig, cow?  Hank, a chicken?  Karen, a chicken? Erin? I know..Mike, a rooster protecting his daughter?  Hmm..I guess I've got some reading to do.  LOL : )


acoward15 said...

Coffee, my drug of choice.

wwfbison said...

My In-laws will only drink DD coffee.  I've never had it, they opened a store in the next town but I've yet to try it.  I'll probably get hooked too!!  Yes we all do deserve to induldge ourselves....if buying coffee & a grinder is your indulgance Ian should count himself very lucky...it could be prada shoes or something.  LOL  How great Shelby is so in tune with the chickens ~ it's funny she apologized for the uproar, you must have really been ticked!!!! :o  I can't wait to see the progress of the hatching, this is so cool.  I've always missed my quail eggs actually hatching so this is really fascinating to me.

nelishianatl said...

I really enjoyed this entry.  Filled in alot of blanks. AND
I don't even wanna THINK about WM after my last shopping experience!

I've never tried DD coffee and I am the only coffee drinker here.  I bet I'd love it.  Now I'm gonna have to try it.

I'll be careful which ones I pick up tho. lol