Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shearing Hours and Candling eggs

The other week (sorry, I really did mean to post this blog sooner, but I kept forgetting to upload the pictures) Samantha and I decided to tackle hand shearing one of our sheep.
We decided Abilene would be our first victim, er, uh, I mean client.
Before

Please keep in mind, this is our very first time shearing, and that we are using hand shears, and we've didn't have any experienced shearer around giving us advise.
After
Though it took us three hours, and though it doesn't look professional, we did it! I bet she feels so much better!

When we put her back in with the goats and with Esmeralda, we were ready for them to bully her (jealous of the new hair-do.) but to our surprise they were very curious.


Now, what am I doing with the wool? Well, sadly, most of the wool is soiled with either mud or foreign objects (hay, straw, feed, etc.). But some was salvageable. So, with it I shall practice spinning!
It would be so awesome to crochet an afghan or hat made from this wool!!!
Also, last month, Samantha and I borrowed an incubator from a friend in an attempt to hatch duck eggs.


Well, we have two different batched of call duck eggs and also four chicken eggs (I'm not really sure why we decided to put four chicken eggs in, but never the less, they're in there)...May 10th (at 21 days incubated) the chicken eggs are due to hatch. May 17th (at 28 days incubated) the first batch of duck eggs are due to hatch. The final batch of duck eggs are due to hatch May 22 or 24th (Samantha and I have different days marked as the day we put them into the incubator, so either they'll be 'early' for me or 'late' for Samantha). Any who today, Samantha and I finally got to candling the eggs. Using a flashlight we attempted to see inside the egg, but nothing, the flashlight wasn't focusing it's ray, so, Samantha cut a piece of paper (well tore) into a circle and tore a small circle from inside it. And, it worked great!!
It's hard to see in this picture, but at top, you have the air bubble, toward the bottom (right) you have the head of the duckling. The dark spot is it's eye.
It was so amazing!! We were able to the ducklings! The veins and embryos!! We could make out the head and, oh, gosh, SO COOL!!! We're sure some (if not most) are duds, but we're going to just go ahead and leave them in the incubator just in case.
I'll try to get better pictures so you can see what we see!
Your Country Rose,
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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