Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wandering Wednesday – Herculaneum (Ercolano), Italy

Today we travel a short trip south from Naples to Herculaneum. The victim of the same eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (Vesuvio) in 79 A.D. as the ever more famous Pompeii, Herculaneum is smaller and less crowded. They think that most of the people escaped, the people who didn’t were found huddled in the boat sheds at the edge of town where they died instantly with the heat of the first pyroclastic flow.

We spent most of the day wandering in and out of all the buildings and up and down the ancient streets. P1000307

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Waiting for the train after our visit, I remember it was Sunday and it was perfectly quiet except for the sound of a person playing the accordion in one of the nearby houses. Everyone waiting for the train was just sitting quietly listening to the music lilting into the streets. It was a magical moment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Wandering Wednesday :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Persy

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So, I’ve calmed down a bit and can now look at pictures and talk about her without crying. I miss her yelling in the morning. It’s very quiet. I’m sure the neighbors appreciate it.

She was fine Friday. Her regular perky self. I went off island for a family thing and returned late Saturday afternoon to find her in the corner of the house sitting like she was trying to lay an egg.(The big girls are getting crabbier in broodyland) Nike was standing over her harassing her. So I kicked Nike out. But she kept coming back and Persy seemed to be distressed, like perhaps this had been going on for a while. So I moved Persy to a crate in the basement, gave her some food and vitamin enhanced water and thought she would lay her egg and I would then let her out in the morning.

In the morning, she was the same. Seemed to be having a hard time laying. There was nothing outwardly wrong with her. They went through a dusting series a couple of weeks ago. No bugs, No odd lumps, no weird secretions, and she was not underweight. She was alert, just sitting. So I left her there thinking the quiet and peaceful area was probably the best place for her to be calm and relax to lay the egg that was giving her such trouble. She had gone to the bathroom overnight, so I knew those things were working. The poop looked normal.

I went to the Sunday market to have my table, and when I returned Husband was in the backyard. Eager to check on her, I didn’t go in the house but made beeline to see Persy. I asked Husband how she was and he looked at the shovel he was holding and said not good. He had found her in the crate when he got home about an hour earlier dead and had already buried her. It was too quick.

Persy was the first girl Betty hatched that we kept. I saw her start from a regular egg to hatch and eventually lay her own. I know chickens are fragile and know these things happen. I just feel like a bad chicken mom that I couldn’t save her or didn’t see something. As an extreme precaution, I have put the other girls on antibiotics for a few days. If  it wasn’t an egg issue and it was something else, I don’t want to loose anyone else. Poor Persy.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sadness in the Coop

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We lost Persephone today. I’m so sad. She was a special girl.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chicken Chat – Happy Betty

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The eggs arrived Monday afternoon. We promptly carefully unwrapped them and gave them to Betty. Some people say to wait 24hrs and let them sit after shipping. I just can’t. She was so happy! She snuggled down with happy little clucks and spread out to cover all 12 of them (4 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, 4 Easter Eggers with a 50/50 chance of Frizzle!, and 4 Blue/Black/Splash Large Fowl Cochins :D).

I will be so egg-cited if any girls hatch :)

Wandering Wednesday – Naples, Italy

We missed Wandering Wednesday last week. woops! This week we will take a leisurely brief stroll through the streets of Naples. It was Sunday and the smell of clean freshly hung laundry was in the air in the back streets and alleyways.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our Wandering Wednesday this week :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chicken Chat – All Aboard the Broody Train

Well Betty has joined crazy Doris on the Broody Train. The signs were there last week. It’s just fully developed now. At least they are sharing the box in a civilized manner most of the time.

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This morning, everybody piled in for laying time until they kicked Doris out who sat right outside the box waiting to go back in. Percy is having a hard time dealing with it. She’s used to being the center of attention with Betty and sitting next to her on the roost. She seems confused about the whole thing.

I must admit that I have been seeing everyone else’s chicks and the cuteness has been overwhelming. Your all such enablers. I have broken down and ordered some eggs for Betty from the same farm we got Percy’s egg. The farm is NPIP certified and I have requested a copy of their certificate to show to the the inspector in July when she comes to the island if anyone hatches. Doris was so great being an aunt to Percy, I am hoping that she will be helpful to Betty. Some animals and people just make better aunts than mothers. 

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