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Monday, 9 March 2009

Carmine quotes No. 14 : which came first...?

A whopping 10 degrees at 8:30am, and 17 as I breezed back past the digital thermometer in Cannobio at 12:30pm. Blue skies with fluffies scudding across the sky chased by a stiff breeze. The mimosas are blooming, the bees are buzzing in the elephant's ears, the cats are quarreling and the children are unmanageable. Spring has sprung.

This year's batch of eggs went into the artificial hen on Saturday night (we can always find something dissolute to do on Saturday nights in Carmine). We've been slowly bringing the incubator up to temperature (a strict thirty-seven-point-five-degrees) over the last few days using carefully sized potatoes in place of the eggs.

When the eggs went in, the potatoes, warm from the incubator, came out and were left on the table, where AJ found them. He soon found Mama with his new discovery :

AJ : Mama, Mama, chicks!

Mama : No, darling, not for 21 days yet.

AJ : Yes, Mama, chicks. I can feel them!

Mama : You can feel them? What do you mean?

AJ: Mama, the potatoes have got chicks in them, I can feel them, they're warm ...


Puts a whole new complexion on the "which came first" question ... the chicken or the ... potato?




For more on how to hatch your own chicks, click on the tag Chick-rearing 2008




5 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

But were the potatoes warm enough to eat?

Louise said...

Hello CB, well, they probably weren't cooked, and they had been in the incubator for a couple of days at 37.5 degrees which isn't enough to kill bugs, and would probably breed them faster than it would breed chicks. So they went in the compost!

CathM said...

Louise... I just wanted to comment on your new photos along your side bar... absolutely delightful images!

Bev said...

Something must be in the air. I just got the run down on the sex-life and habits of a chicken.

And that only one egg pops out a day...

Louise said...

@CathM : Thank-you! What a nice thing to say. Glad you like them. It's a beautiful place so it's not difficult to make beautiful pictures!

Monday, 9 March 2009

Carmine quotes No. 14 : which came first...?

A whopping 10 degrees at 8:30am, and 17 as I breezed back past the digital thermometer in Cannobio at 12:30pm. Blue skies with fluffies scudding across the sky chased by a stiff breeze. The mimosas are blooming, the bees are buzzing in the elephant's ears, the cats are quarreling and the children are unmanageable. Spring has sprung.

This year's batch of eggs went into the artificial hen on Saturday night (we can always find something dissolute to do on Saturday nights in Carmine). We've been slowly bringing the incubator up to temperature (a strict thirty-seven-point-five-degrees) over the last few days using carefully sized potatoes in place of the eggs.

When the eggs went in, the potatoes, warm from the incubator, came out and were left on the table, where AJ found them. He soon found Mama with his new discovery :

AJ : Mama, Mama, chicks!

Mama : No, darling, not for 21 days yet.

AJ : Yes, Mama, chicks. I can feel them!

Mama : You can feel them? What do you mean?

AJ: Mama, the potatoes have got chicks in them, I can feel them, they're warm ...


Puts a whole new complexion on the "which came first" question ... the chicken or the ... potato?




For more on how to hatch your own chicks, click on the tag Chick-rearing 2008




5 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

But were the potatoes warm enough to eat?

Louise said...

Hello CB, well, they probably weren't cooked, and they had been in the incubator for a couple of days at 37.5 degrees which isn't enough to kill bugs, and would probably breed them faster than it would breed chicks. So they went in the compost!

CathM said...

Louise... I just wanted to comment on your new photos along your side bar... absolutely delightful images!

Bev said...

Something must be in the air. I just got the run down on the sex-life and habits of a chicken.

And that only one egg pops out a day...

Louise said...

@CathM : Thank-you! What a nice thing to say. Glad you like them. It's a beautiful place so it's not difficult to make beautiful pictures!