This is my favorite Eddie Izzard sketch, if you’ll take a moment: And this is me, acting out said sketch in the flesh as I install my first package of bees: A moment on the bee costume. It is terrible. If you take on the […]
Month: May 2013
Typical work day at home – it’s 12:30, I’ve only consumed caffeine since waking up, I’m starving, and there are still 18 things on my To Do list.
Today’s solution rocked it. Cooked and eaten in under 10 minutes. So great I had to share.
Sauteed Spinach Delight
small handful pine nuts
a few cloves garlic, chopped
3 large handfuls of spinach
half a lemon, juiced
salt and pepper
Put a saute pan on medium low heat. Add EVOO, pine nuts and garlic. After pine nuts start to brown and the garlic is fragrant add spinach. As spinach wilts add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat and stir in crumbled feta cheese. Top with grape and cherry tomatoes.
I made do with what I had on hand in the refrigerator, and no measurements were precise. Change it up! This would have been a perfect dinner for one if topped with a soft fried egg. I can’t wait for my chickens to start laying! As it is, I gave them the extra stems I chopped off of the spinach. Added bonus, I get to cross “blog entry” off my To Do. Only 17 more tasks and it’s wine time…
I’m always on the the lookout for dinners I can make at Chef Boyardee speed that don’t ever, EVER, involve actual Chef Boyardee products. Because if I were going that route I’d just serve Alpo over rice. Mmmm…hungry yet? This is my new favorite go-to […]
It was me. All me. Months of prep, research and reading down the drain. I poisoned 5 innocent chicks. I am the Lady Macbeth of poultry.
So, in an attempt to absolve my guilt and save others from the heartache of a murder most fowl, let me shed light on a common problem with new chicken owners: Death by Electrolytes.
If you buy a water soluble vitamin and electrolyte solution suitable for all livestock like the one pictured here:
do not try to follow the dosing instructions on the package.
For chickens, a pinch of granules should be added to one gallon of water.
Your water should look like this (palest yellow):
Not like this (deadly yellow):
With the strain that this overdose put on the chicks’ systems, their hearts had to work overtime to keep up. This in turn stressed out their respiratory systems and resulted in ascites. Ascites is commonly referred to as “water belly” and can be identified by excessive bloating in chicks that results in a loss of energy, an inability to support their own increased weight, and labored breathing. Some recover, but the mortality rate at high altitude is much higher.
These two Ameraucana (“Ella”) chicks are the same age, but the darker one is currently ailing from ascites. She’s a trooper though and I am hoping that she’ll be able to release the toxins from her system successfully. She’s smaller today than yesterday, and if she recovers she’ll return to her natural size.
Note the dark Ella’s inability to support her weight, tuck in her wings (resulting in a very splayed appearance), and the size of the two chicks’ bellies in relation to each other.