Wednesday, May 22, 2013

question?

Does anyone else have this issue with knitting...that when you finish one *big* project, you get all scatter-brained and start about a dozen small projects because you can't get it together mentally for a big one?

It's been a month or two since finishing both Blessed Days shawls, and I can't seem to focus knitting wise for more than an hour or so.  Nothing has captured my attention long enough to keep at it. I've got two throws, one baby sweater, two hats and a sock on the needles. None of which is close to being done and I'll bet at least 1/2 of them will be frogged.  I do that, when I notice that I am too scattered, I will frog the projects that I come across.

Of course, I should give myself a break; school has just gotten done, I've hatched out 18 ducks in the last 2 weeks and have played goose mama to 6 new girls.

That's a lot on my plate!

OH! I should tell you that Molly, our mail-order bride has started laying eggs.  Buddy's not her mate, but one of the twins has found her shag-worthy.  These babies will be Chinese-Toulouse mix babies. I've seen pictures of that and it's kinda cute. They have the dark stripe down their necks with the floufy tufted feathers....and orange beaks.

We had a clutch of 5 duck eggs dated 4/25.  When you put eggs in the incubator, you date them and put an 'X' on one side and an "O" on the opposite side.  The date is so that you can extrapolate when to put them in lockdown and when you expect them to hatch.  The other markings are for daily use: You must rotate the eggs at least 3 times a day to make sure that the baby is free-floating within the egg.  It's always an odd # of rotations, because if you do it on an even #, the eggs will spend over 1/2 their time in one position.

You can see in this photo taken through the window of the incubator the X's and O's.  It's ALWAYS done in pencil. Once they get closer to their hatch date, I usually draw an outline around the air cell in the fat end of the egg.  A daily check of the progression of the size of that air cell will tell you how close hatch time is.

Of course, that means telling all I know about candling eggs: Using a LED flash light to see inside the egg.  No candles are involved.  That's another time. I've got bedding to change on 14 ducks and 6 Rhode Island Red chickens.




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