Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Boy Named (Sat)Su(ki)

For weeks we were suspicious. Satsuki is just a little bit larger than the other girls and her face and comb had been red for weeks. Last week Grayson and his friend Alex figured it out.

That's right, Satsuki is a rooster.

We brought home 4 chicks in March for fresh eggs and to experience chicken tending. Little did we know, we also brought home a rooster. My friend Melissa also recently discovered that her little Petunia is a rooster. We have formed a support group.

Thanks to the power of Facebook and a few helpful friends, we had a new home identified in just a few days. Because we live in the city and our house is very close to our neighbor's, we are not able to keep a rooster. Not to mention, I don't know what we would do with lots of baby chicks.

On Wednesday, Satsuki went to live with Van Cheeseman at Flora at Bluebird Farms!

He left us in the same blue box that he grew up in and it was a bittersweet moment. But our friends Melissa Bridgman and Keith and Jill Forrester think very highly of Van and know that he will be the perfect rooster daddy. He was excited to get an aracauna so it worked out perfectly.

My Granny says that whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad end. But not so for ole Satsuk. He is livin it up in Mississippi.

Live long and prosper Satsuki.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Where are they now?

Satsuki then

and now
Satsuki is slightly larger than the other girls and has been showing off her red comb for weeks now. She reminds me of a sassy old lady, always bossing around the other girls. She walks with her wings just slightly splayed. Shawn thinks she looks like a southern belle curtsying. She is very noisy and is the hardest to catch. We love on her anyway.
Blackberry then

and now

Blackberry is like a little puppy dog. She is the first the greet us and will even come when called, sort of. She'll hop right up on your lap. She likes to see what's going on and doesn't want to miss out on anything. She always tries to eat my clothes.

Mei then
and now

Mei was our little dumplin. Now she is a hawk-like lady with puffy cheeks. She loves to run around the yard and I mean run. She runs here and there and everywhere. She is never quiet sure what she is looking for but its very important.

Saffron then

and now

Saffron started out as our little ring leader and is now the quiet one. She wants to be close to us, but isn't as outgoing as Blackberry. Saffron makes a little noise when picked up but is soothed with an ear rub. Yes, chickens have ears. See the the little fuzzy flaps behind her eyes? Ears. She doesn't like escargot, but loves a good cold cucumber.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chickens eat bugs, so did we!

We took a short family vacation to the City of New Orleans. Thank you Sarah, Patrick, Tiffany and Mark for watching the girls while we were gone.

One of the highlights of the trip was the Audobon Insectarium. For $35 per adult and $20 per child, we were able to visit the Aquarium, Insectarium, IMAX and Zoo. We made it everywhere but the Zoo.

The Insectarium is a great place to spend the afternoon, especially when its 90 degrees or pouring down rain! From educational displays to live bugs to the bug cafe, we had a blast.
We petted hissing cockroaches, learned about tarantulas and walked among the butterflies.
Unfortunately we came late in the afternoon so the cafe was already closing up. The nice lady let us try the chocolate covered wax worms which tasted like a Nestle Crunch bar.

Harry the Chinese Praying Mantis (from Memphis!) was on display. They have great installations on dung beetles, diving beetles, cockroaches, termites, butterflies and even critters from the South.
If you plan to go:
1. They close at 5pm and the bug cafe closes even earlier, so plan accordingly.
2. The Insectarium is in a Federal building so be prepared to go through a metal detector.
3. There is a short movie which was great but there are "surprises" so for little ones prepare them for chairs moving, water spraying, etc.
4. The last exhibit is the Asian Butterfly Garden which opens into the gift shop. Be prepared to move quickly or spend some money.
5. Do not buy the sour cream and onion crickets. According to Grayson, disgusting.

We saw too many bugs to list, so I will leave you with a bug montage.