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Our two farmhands started today, a young couple just moved to Whidbey and trying to get set up here. They are hoping to get full time positions, but in the meanwhile, they are working odd jobs to pay for the residential motel where they staying. They did a nice job, a bit slow, but that's normal for learning the ropes. The animals like them and that's a good recommendation.

I checked on Ebony, our black Silkie broody hen. Still no chicks. She has three eggs and I've very hopeful we'll get chicks soon. I also opened up the blue shed coop to give the young Ameraucanas, Cochins and EEs an opportunity to come out if they want to. I doubt they will, they are, if you'll forgive the pun - chicken. LOL Shady had 6 hours to play in her outdoor pen yesterday, she's pooped today and happy to be in her cage in the foyer.

I'm still a bit sore from my couple of hours working outside yesterday, so I'm sticking to inside chores. I'm so crazy fond of my Method handsoap bottles, so I've been re-purposing them for shampoo, lotion, etc. bottles. Even took a scouring sponge to one to give it a texture. Spent about a half hour re-organizing my bathroom cupboards. A needful thing. Doodle, the love Buggy, kept me company just in case anything edible was revealed. Ever the hopeful Basset. I need to make up a batch of Shy Rose Toner. I've a few other projects I need to get back to. Ta-ta.
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We've taken 3 6 quart blue Sterlite containers, drilled a sequence of holes in the sides and filled them with roughly 2 inches of baked wheat germ. A couple of sliced carrots and 500 mealworms, plus a slick little label have finished things off for now. I've temporarily placed it in the blue shed next to the Silkie brooder to soak up heat (mealworms breed best at roughly 100F).

Now we wait for them to begin developing in the pupae worm, which I'll transplant into another bin already pre-labeled as BEETLES. Those will hopefully develop into blackwing beetles, mate and lay eggs. The beetles will be moved into another bin, so the eggs can develop on their own into yet more mealworms. The lids will be swapped naturally, so the EGGS label will stay with the eggs and the BEETLES with the beetles. Easy-peasy.

Some of the mealworms will be harvested and fed to to the chickens, the rest will be left to continue transforming. And the cycle continues.

The whole thing takes about 6 months and $50 bucks to get started, depending on how much recycling you can do with bins and how cheaply you can get mealworms. And of course, how many you want to start out with. Given that you just feed them a few carrots, potatoes and the like, its a pretty cheap system. And very self-sustainable with only 10 minutes or so attention a week. Doable.

I'll likely update this with photos, so don't check back if you are squeamish. :D
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Our little Bantam Frizzles came home with us yesterday afternoon. They are settling in fairly well, we'll be keeping them in the coop for a few days - possibly a week to get them acclimated. I'm having a bit of trouble with the cockerel - he was very pecky yesterday. Today he appears to be in a better mood and actually relaxed while I was holding him this morning. We'll continue to work on taming our little guy. We'd planned to call him B&T, but now were thinking
Bonaparte, since he's so bossy. Actually, Josh has started calling him Napoleon Blownapart:


Little Pepper is a sweetheart, she likes getting attention:


Sweet little Dove is the smallest and absolutely lovely. She fits neatly in my cupped hands, but then she's still very young. Somewhere between 4 - 6 weeks, same as Pepper.


Meanwhile, the blue chicks are learning important skills - scratching:


And the ducklings keep growing! Almost as tall as the adults, as you can see. They spend most of their day hanging out with the flock now, though the KC/Runners stay separated from the KC ducklings when sleeping.



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