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Friday, 10 July 2020

For Those Watching Their Calorie Intake...

We've had a substantial heat wave in the last week or two. Yesterday it finally rained, bringing some lower temperature, but alas, we are back at it this morning. Again, to reiterate, I actually don't mind the heat. By comparison, I'd much rather have these temperatures than our below freezing "with the windchill" type temperatures. 

I think the heat may be affecting someone else on the property, however. 


Or perhaps it is for those who are watching their waistline?

Speaking of birds, I had a sweet moment this morning as I watched a parent robin go looking for worms and feeding a young one on the ground amongst my tomato plants in my vegetable garden. 

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  1. I would imagine that when it is hot and muggy for us, it is the same for our chickens and all the other animals. They don't have air conditioning. As for the tiny egg, I think it's cute. At least your chicken tried her best. You have a wonderful weekend, hugs, Edna B.

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  2. It is so cute to see mommy birds feeding the little ones. Ahhh nature. I bet since we are all melting the chickens are having a hard time too. Happy Friday. xoxo

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    1. They adapt pretty well, go in the shade, always have fresh water to drink, and how they cool off is they stand with their wings a little bit pushed away from their sides.

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  3. I've just had an interesting half hour
    reading up on different size chicken
    eggs...worth a looking up..
    'Egg'ample...

    Peewee: weighs about 1.25 ounces.
    Small: weighs about 1.50 ounces.
    Medium: weighs about 1.75 ounces.
    Large: weighs about 2 ounces.
    Extra Large: weighs about 2.25 ounces.
    Jumbo: weighs about 2.50 ounces.

    I expect the chickens with the stressed
    faces..lay the Jumbo ones..Bless! :o)

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    1. Certain members of my flock always let you know when they are laying - they make quite a racket!

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  4. What a sweet occupation for the morning. What is great is that besides entertainment you get the hornworm population decreased in the garden!

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    1. Ughhh. Those things creep me out - they are so well camoflaged that you don't even know you are staring at one. Thankfully no hornworms this year (so far).

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  5. Envious of your rain, we got nothing, but most hopeful for this evening! Thankfully your feathered girls are able to get out in the yard to help keep cool. There's got to be a third egg somewhere in between, the perfect Goldilocks egg! Hope you have a good weekend - maybe some pre-celebrations happening that could use those eggs?! (wink wink, nod nod, say no more ...) ... Mary-Lou =^[..]^=

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    1. I'm replying at 2:20 and it just started to rain again with nice rumbly thunder in the distance. Nothing planned for the weekend (plans? what are those?).

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  6. We've had a wet week in the UK but the birds seem to like the damp grass. We had three green woodpeckers on the lawn this morning, mother digging away with her beak and feeding two young ones.

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    1. Now I shall have to look up green woodpeckers. I had a flicker today!

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  7. I guess it's too hot to do all that pushing and shoving out of a regular sized egg.

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  8. That is weird! Do you know which egg came from which hen? No rain today and only a short shower yesterday so very dry here, and hot.

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    1. I really don't know who laid it. All of my hens lay eggs of varying shades of brown. I'm responding to your comment a day later and we certainly had rain yesterday! Hope you did too.

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  10. Oh, those poor parents, dealing with fledglings on the ground.

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    1. The fledgling was quite big and as I kept watching, it was poking around in the ground as well. I don't know how successful it would be left to its own devices.

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  11. We get a little egg like that occasionally too--there's one in the fridge now. So odd! We've been so hot here, and I hate it. Might as well live in Florida, I thought, until my youngest son, who lives in Miami told me that it was 94 degrees at 9:30pm. And never cools down.

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    1. Again, not sure how 94 compares with "feels like 34" with the humidity. Ha ha! (this is a reference to my battle with celsius vs. fahrenheit).

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  12. Your small egg looks the same size as my bantam serama eggs. I too have this happen even with my small girls. I sometimes find a tiny egg about the size of a blueberry. I have photographed them on my blog next to a pound coin for comparison. I am intrigued to find that it isn't just my girls that do this.

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    1. We only ever had two little banty hens and they laid very small eggs. None of my current ones are banty, however.

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  13. I adore fledglings - especially robins.

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    1. We have a few around here, always chirping away to get their parents' attention!

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    1. This is the first year in a very long time that I started my tomatoes indoors from seeds that I ordered online. (I didn't know what garden centres would be like in the early weeks of Covid). I have Big Beef and Mortgage Maker. They are both coming along very well. Big Beef is best for slicing on burgers or (hold hand to heart) toasted tomato sandwiches, and Mortgage Maker is apparently good for canning.

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  15. Wow -- some chick isn't happy with the heat -- or something. That's pretty dramatic! Keep cool!

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