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Day 20: breakable

That first little hole a chick pecks in the egg is called a pip. This egg has pipped.

I did put some fertile eggs under a chicken this year. It didn’t work out so good. Twelve eggs in two different goes. Result: three chicks, two of whom are boys. And then a fox ate the mama.

No, I have no idea if it’s going to work out when the boys are all growed up.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 20, 2018, 10:03 pm

Do capons still have the undesirable traits of un-neutered cocks, e.g. aggression, noise? Just a thought…

Stoatie, I have greatly enjoyed your Inktober drawings and admire your art and your perseverance. Twenty down, eleven to go – home stretch!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 21, 2018, 1:08 am

What color eggs do your chickens lay? For what it’s worth—since you first wrote about your egg skelter, I’ve thought it would make a lovely painting. The skelter full of eggs, maybe not all the same size, in all their subtle colors with light and shadow on them.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 21, 2018, 2:01 am

This is why the Frogs created coq au vin.

Just keeeding…can you rehome them?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 21, 2018, 5:50 am

Give those roosters Ritalin or Adderall until they start acting like well-behaved chickens!

A study I just invented indicated that 80% of all roosters NEED Ritalin because they will otherwise act like roosters instead of chickens!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 21, 2018, 3:40 pm

No, a capon acts like one of the girls. I did put out feelers to see if the vet would neuter my boys, but he said nyet.

Deborah, my chickens lay tiny eggs in the boringest of white. I did, however, sell a painting of an egg in a prestigious show this year. It was quite the challenge, to make an egg look interesting!

These are bantams BJM. By the time you plucked those two boys, they wouldn’t make a snack. Everybody is always trying to rehome unwanted roosters, so it would be tough going.

New kitten chased the boys into the field next door today. My, it was fun chasing them down…NOT.

Comment from Drew458
Time: October 21, 2018, 6:17 pm

While I am enjoying the daily chicken drawings immensely, if you should want a change of pace … what on earth is going on with this Brexit rally? Nearly 3/4 of a million people marching according to the news sites, many of them foreigners who can vote??? You let the foreigners vote???? Do they want out, or do they want to stay in? I thought you guys had the big vote several years ago, and voted to leave and regain your own sovereignty. But years later, you’re still in the EU. Really? I would have been “well we voted to leave, so bye-bye” and got it done in a couple days. I can’t begin to make sense of the politics over there. All the parties seem like varying degrees of socialists and communists, and anyone (UKip?) even slightly conservative or pro-English is branded a “right wing extremist nazi” even though the actual Nazis were about as left wing a group as could be found.

So now that a few years have gone by, and the unchecked immigration from all over the Turd World has turned that green and pleasant land into a polyglot jambalaya, and there are now millions more benighted young fools – oops, I meant Social Justice Warriors For Change!! – now they want to vote on it again? And if the vote again goes to There Shall Always Be An England, what then? Do you get several more years of silliness and dithering and then a third vote? This reminds me of the instructions on the shampoo bottle – “lather, rinse, repeat”. And if the vote goes for Brussels this time, will you each be issued a giant Monty Python foot to wear on your heads, as you will now be under the EU heel forever? Or will Ms. May try to create some half in/half out kind of middle of the road bit of wobbly that keeps everyone upset and unhappy?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 21, 2018, 7:08 pm

The story should be a familiar one, Drew. The ruling elite (both parties, all the media, academia) are all lefties, and lefties want desperately to stay in the EU.

The Tory party are conservatives in name only. In truth, they’re indistinguishable from the Labour of a few years ago (and Labour has gone hard Marxist). But they know they can’t cling on to power if they thwart their base (actual conservatives) too overtly. And the whole social compact will fly to bits if they ignore a proper and fair vote.

So it’s been years of foot-dragging and rumors about bad deals.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 21, 2018, 8:09 pm

I’m delighted to learn that you sold an “egg” painting. I think painting an egg—or eggs—would be quite the challenge.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 22, 2018, 12:49 pm

I painted an egg once, but the colors got all runny when we used it for an Easter egg hunt for the chillins.

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