Tuesday, March 11, 2008

preparation

There’s a bale of straw in the wagon, and another two in the garden shed. I bought chick fonts and feeders and this weekend I’ll get their feed and a heat bulb for them. I am trying not to spend more than fifteen dollars a weekend on livestock adventures because it’s easy to get out of hand. With chickens being the yuppie suburb pet of thousands now, there are designer yard coops and overpriced treats and feeds stacking pet store shelves. I’m trying to keep it basic. MY birds get a mixture of 60% organic layer feed, 30% scratch grains, 8% oyster shell and 2% grit. I mix it in buckets and a full bucket lasts over a week. The chicks however, just get their special puppy chow chick feed and some chick sized grit (rocks). I look forward to the summer when I’ll be able to go out to the shed at 6, collect eggs, say hi to the gang and let them out into the woods to patrol.

In other news, I have been trying to learn some traditional Irish music on the fiddle. I have one song down called the scartaglen slide, and am working on a really fast fancy reel called man of the house. What I really want to learn are the old Scottish reels and waltzes. I love a good waltz more than most. It’s a whole new animal for me, and the songs take me days to learn what takes a minute to play, but since Scotch/Irish music is the heart and soul of Old Time music, I feel I should know it. Plus, whipping out man of the house someday in Ireland would be awesome.

I really want to get a Nigerian Dwarf wether but can’t justify it, but if you ever saw a miniature goat kid, you’d understand. Someday, there will be sheep and goats. For now, chickens

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