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Eggciting Chick Flick

Monday, March 22, 2010


Here is a video of one of the babies (not Denty) actually hatching. It is a little bit long, but WOW! The baby emerges right before your eyes!
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EJHEINRICH1 3/4/2011 10:54AM

    This is a dream of mine to have my own chickens and hatch my own chicks how inspiring! I love the excitement you here in the childrens voices. Thank you! I was only a year late! LOL

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STARLASUE 3/23/2010 6:45PM

    Too cool!

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TERFREE 3/23/2010 5:21PM

    Wow is right, thanx!

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/23/2010 10:02AM

    It has been so long since I have watched a hatchling fight it's way out of it's egg. It is still a miracle to see. One wants to help but really the little tike has to make it's way out on its own since it is gathering strength through the process. It is an event for your students that they will never forget. Well done "teacher/mom"!
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SILVERWITCH59 3/23/2010 7:48AM

    emoticon emoticon Life is always amazing :) Thanks for sharing. I can not tell you how excited we were last year when our pea chicks were hatching :)

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/23/2010 1:57AM

    emoticon How fun to watch that precious baby fight it's way out of the shell!
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AQUAJANE 3/22/2010 11:44PM

    Thanks for posting. Sounds like the kids are enjoying the learning experience too.

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KBUCKMASH 3/22/2010 11:24PM

    It has been a long time since I have seen a chick born. Thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to the children's excitement. The children are truly blessed to have a teacher that gives them experiences like this. Being from a farm wish more children had the chance to observe where their food really comes from.
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BIRDBRAIN222 3/22/2010 10:28PM

    Cool! I love baby birds! I have a pair of white Zebra finches who are on their second brood. I have six grandbirdies! I have a picture of two of them on my SparkPage.

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MARY1313 3/22/2010 10:22PM

    Oh I love love love this~!!! The kids sound so excited!!!!

Mary

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RASTUS55 3/22/2010 8:53PM

    THAT ALWAYS AMAZES ME!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I have seen this happen dozens of times but it never ceases to amaze me. Gosh those little guys work so hard at getting out of that egg...now wonder they are so pooped out once they hatch! Thank you so much that was just awesome!
ruth

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SUNNY332 3/22/2010 8:45PM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Loved it!

Sunny

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PENNYAN45 3/22/2010 8:30PM

    That's the first time I've seen that! What fun! Thanks for posting the video. Your class must be terrific! Congratulations!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/22/2010 7:41PM

    How totally cool!!!! My 5 year old DGD is here and she watched your video with me. Thank you!!!!

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CLEVAGAL 3/22/2010 7:07PM

    Just read and watched the last few blogs....Your children at school are very lucky to have a teacher like you who will go the extra distance with them it helps that you LOVE it. I spent 10 years in early childhood (steiner trained) and loved it too. We had animals and gardens etc. Cleva xxx emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 3/22/2010 6:58PM

    WOO HOO! Springtime and life goes on!

This is the BEST!

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GRNISHADE 3/22/2010 5:45PM

    WOW! How totally awesome! Thanks so much for sharing... The birthday song was just precious and the little peeps were soooo cute! emoticon

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HEALTHYDIANAMB 3/22/2010 5:32PM

    Are you my mommy? Happy Birthday Chick! Chris, thankyou so much for sharing that with us,so darn cute and the listening to the voices commenting on the miraculas event was so sweet! What kind of chicks are they? That chick is gonna be a strong one,for sure. God Bless Diana emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 3/22/2010 5:09PM

    It is working for me. it is a little long, so it may take a minute to load. Once it gets started, you can fast forward it past the slow parts.

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0309COOKIE 3/22/2010 4:29PM

    Oh, darn. The video is not working.

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Denty's Chick Flick

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hatching has been FUN at school today. I've made two video clips from today's eggsitement. This one is a very short clip of Denty, the Survivor. If you haven't been following my blogs, check Denty's Alive! for more info about Denty's saga.


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STARLASUE 3/23/2010 6:44PM

    WOO HOO! I had missed this. way to go Denty!

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SILVERWITCH59 3/23/2010 7:48AM

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/23/2010 1:55AM

    emoticon I'm so happy Denty survived!
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GRNISHADE 3/23/2010 1:16AM

    LOVE IT! So happy Denty made it!

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MEOWMAMA3 3/22/2010 6:02PM

    Your kids are funny, I watched and listened to the other video too! My former grade partner used to do the hatching at our old school. I see no such excitement in my new one, boo hoo. Enjoy your hatchlings and lots of great science writing! Go Denty!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/22/2010 4:17PM

    Aaawww, you gotta love nature! Thanks for posting this. So sweet.

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Denty's Alive!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010



In an earlier blog, I had posted about a disaster with one of the incubating eggs. One of the kindergarten children loved it a little too much and it ended up with what looked like a lethal dent and cracks running around to the other side. My sister, an ornithologist, suggested gluing it so that the moisture levels inside the egg were retained. She researches endangered shore birds, and sometime this is done in the field if an egg is damaged.

Figuring I had nothing to lose, I coated the chipped, dented, and cracked parts of the shell with good old Elmer's glue, leaving the rest of the egg free to breathe.

Yesterday, when I checked on the eggs, two of the eggs had little pip marks on them, but Denty was still, with no signs of any changes. This morning when I checked on the eggs, there were no hatches, but more of the eggs had pipping - including Denty. I picked her up to be certain I was seeing what I thought I saw, and she peeped at me!

I am delighted, and I know the little girl who loved the egg a little too much will be very happy to know that Denty is alive and well.

It's a rainy day, but a very happy one!

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BIRDBRAIN222 3/22/2010 10:22PM

    Yay for Denty!
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OLDERDANDRT 3/22/2010 7:25PM

    How tweet is that!!!

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TIME4ME-CHERYL 3/22/2010 4:30PM

    emoticon Glad the story has a happy ending.

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HOPERISING 3/22/2010 12:07PM

    Awww... the littlest things can make us sooo happy. Hopefully Denty will be hatched happy and healthy... I have imaginings of a special needs chicken...

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SILVERWITCH59 3/22/2010 12:02PM

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/22/2010 11:46AM

    I am so excited to hear Denty did not succumb to hugging! Happy tears are threatening to spill over my lashes! I look forward to the photos of your hatch!

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DHSPARK 3/22/2010 9:46AM

    Saving a life is always happy news.

Way to go!

You're just one cool chick!
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BITSY0516 3/22/2010 9:09AM

    That is really cool. Glad to hear Denty is still with us. :-)

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GRNISHADE 3/22/2010 8:52AM

    And how cool is that! Yet another use for good old Elmer's glue!

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TCLARK319 3/22/2010 7:49AM

    Yea! What a great story! Nice way to start a Monday.

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0309COOKIE 3/22/2010 7:46AM

    Aaawww, how do you like that? That is great news!

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The Beauty of Age

Sunday, March 21, 2010



This is Annie Oaktree, my favorite tree on our property. Tecumseh was born only a couple of miles from here, and I like to think that he sat under her shade on hot summer days, and also enjoyed her beauty. When Hurricane Ike came through, she sustained terrible damage, yet she seems to be able to survive her wounds. I don't know how many more years she has, but I will mourn her loss when she is gone.



This is Woody. Woody is younger than Annie, but still an old tree. He presides over the pond and showers us with 'cotton' every summer.



This gnarled beauty is Hawk Haven. She is home to a mother hawk and her nestlings every year.



Mori provides light and beauty year round, whether in full leave or bare for the winter.



Bird Condo is one of several stately pines that houses so many of my backyard birds winter, spring, summer, and fall.

I love my old trees, their stately beauty, the habitat they provide, the stories they tell and the mystery of the stories they keep to themselves.

I wish, as a nation, we had such respect and admiration for our human elders; the strength they have, the sorrows and hardships they have had to endure, the courage they had to face those sorrows, and the joys they still can share. So often, in our culture, older people are discounted, dismissed, made fun of, and even abused. Their stories are untold and unheard.

I think it is a combination of loss generations of families living together as a unit, and a fear of aging. We are a nation obsessed with youth and 'beauty', beauty being narrowly defined as glamorous and youthful. Beauty is far more than that. There is beauty in age, in the strength and courage of survival, and in the wisdom that only life's experiences can bring.

Take some time to spend with people of all ages. Listen to their stories and share yours.


  
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DOR2BFIT 3/22/2010 7:48PM

    I love trees too; it was very hard to lose so many of them last weekend to our nor'easter. A gorgeous old pine tree in front of the school where I work came down- so sad.

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MARYMAC45 3/22/2010 6:50PM

    Wonderful blog, great pics. How nice that you have names for your trees, I like that. I love to hear the stories of older people. My dad was a great storyteller. He told us stories of Ireland and it's history. With the stories came the songs. This brings back some great memories. Thanks.
Have a fantastic week.
Mary

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MEOWMAMA3 3/22/2010 6:15PM

    Delightful blog! Enjoy watching those trees come to life once again. You are so right about our culture and it's disregard of the elderly. Excellent perspective!

I suggest that if anyone has a particularly interesting and beloved older person in their lives that you chronicle and interview them on tape/video asap. I have an audio tape of my grandfather spinning yarns that is worth it's weight in gold to me!

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BENDER7 3/22/2010 7:59AM

    I enjoyed this very much. I love looking at trees & wondering what they have seen.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/22/2010 1:03AM

    Great blog! I love the fact that you have names for your favorite trees!

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HEALTHYDIANAMB 3/21/2010 7:49PM

    The Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.I love trees,we don't have oaktrees here,they are so lovely and full of stories of life and nature.The trees are what I love the most on our 2.5 acres they surround our whole house.We call it our little piece of Paradise! I would love to have oak trees,though! I will just enjoy the picture of yours for now. Thankyou for sharing these lovely pictures. Have a Sparkling Sunday evening,we are still afternoon,time difference. What time zone are you on? We are pacific standard time zone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonP.S.Mr.Curly wanted to say Hi to Stella the pretty Standard poodle! Diana

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MOOOOW 3/21/2010 6:13PM

    Great blog. Great view of nature and age.
Pris

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 3/21/2010 5:47PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love your trees and I love that you see beauty in old. Makes me feel proud of all my wrinkles.



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LMB-ESQ 3/21/2010 4:56PM

    Boy, I'm right there with you on the beauty of age. Those are some beautiful trees. I love old trees. I think we can learn something from them, the wisdom and solace and patience of just being quiet and still. We are always in such a hurry, gotta do this, gotta go there, gotta get that done before it's too late, on and on and on. Everything is on a deadline, and yet, how important is most of that stuff? When you look at it from the point of view of an old tree, it isn't important at all.

Had a discussion today with my son and my mother (age 20 and age 91, respectively) about how we Americans are so arrogant in our expectations. No other culture is so tied to youth and time, we tend to throw out the old (yes, including people) because we want to deny that it can happen to us. Most other cultures venerate age, celebrate its wisdom and its survival. Where did we get off the track? Hmmm... food for thought, maybe something else to be learned from an old tree?

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ASTABETH 3/21/2010 1:54PM

    A beautiful post! I love that you have named the trees.

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SUNNY332 3/21/2010 1:44PM

    What a beautiful blog today. I love trees and 90% of our property is woods so have lots of tree loving to do. I love seeing the trees naked in the winter - seeing their skeletons and then watching those skeletons disappear with the arrival of spring and their leaves. The circle of life is wonderful to watch. Speaking of Life - the new series starts tonight on The Learning Channel.

When you related your thoughts to our nations elderly, it made me feel proud that I am currently writing my Father's life story with his help. Some day he will be gone but we will have his memories in writing.

Hugs to you, Sunny



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PATRICIAANN46 3/21/2010 1:16PM

  Whenever I am with an older person, I eventually get to the question of how they met their spouse. You can see the years fall off their faces as they recount the whens and hows which ultimately lead to other stories of their youth. We can learn so much from them........why don't more of us realize this???

We are also fortunate to have several Burr Oaks on our property that are several years old. I wish they could talk!!! emoticon

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GRNISHADE 3/21/2010 1:14PM

    What a beautiful blog! I think the loss of generations living together is mostly to blame for the plight of our elderly, but you have a point with our fixation on youth and beauty. Such superficial things to 'worship'...

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VALERIEMAHA 3/21/2010 1:13PM

    This crone is here to testify that with increasing age I become more and more invisible...until I start rockin' and rollin' and otherwise making myself known.

A beautiful testament of the strength and courage and beauty of nature, whether human or otherwise, Chris. Wonderful images of your old friends.

Bowing in gratitude,
Maha

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RASTUS55 3/21/2010 1:07PM

    We have some beautiful and HUGE burr oaks that we were told are over 250 years old!!Just like these beautiful aged trees the elderly have so many wonderful stories to tell. One can learn so much if they just take the time to listen. Yes I agree we live in a very superficial world obscessed with outward appearances instead of loving each other for what our hearts can say. Learning to live and love by what is in a person's heart is so much more profound than what the exterior appearances tell us. If the world could learn to live that way wouldn't it be a grand place to be.
Ruth

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Things are looking up.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

After three nights of not being able to sleep, and three days of not being able to eat, I finally got a good night's sleep last night and woke up hungry. The antibiotics and sinus medications have kicked in even faster than I had hoped for. While I still feel sick, I can breath, my body aches are gone, and I don't feel absolutely miserable. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

I fixed myself French toast with a side of fresh strawberries for breakfast.

1 slice double fiber whole wheat bread
1 fresh organic egg
1/4 C 1% milk
sprinkle of cinnamon

Cook in pan with Pam spray to prevent sticking until brown on both sides, drizzle lightly with real maple syrup.

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I am going to work on holding myself back today so I don't overdo and set my recovery back, but I hope to get Stella out to the dog park this afternoon so we can both enjoy this glorious day, and she can run her beans out. She has really been full of it!

I'll be checking the eggs in the incubator closely this weekend. Hatching could start any time now. I can't wait!

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday.

  
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RASTUS55 3/21/2010 12:04PM

    Take it easy and glad your getting back on track again. I am excited to see how your hatch goes!! Keep us posted and take pictures. You would think that I wouldn't get this excited about chicks hatching since I work at a hatchery but I love the excitment of our hatch season! Love baby chicks so much!!!
Ruth
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SILVERWITCH59 3/21/2010 8:30AM

    emoticon emoticonglad you are feeling better

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MARY1313 3/20/2010 10:05PM

    Achoo! I have it now. I know where I got it too. The older ladies at the church think that they are going straight to hell if they don't show up every time the doors open, even if they are deathly sick. Well, I tried as best I could to stay away from everyone. but nope, I have it now. grrrr. Not having insurance, this is going to be pretty bad. I will probably have to call and see if I can get the doctor to just call me in some antibiotics.

Glad you are feeling better! I know Stella will be so glad to get out, but I bet she was a good girl while you were sick. I can't wait to see pictures of the new chicks!!!!

Mary

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PENNYAN45 3/20/2010 4:57PM

    Glad you are taking medication and feeling better. I hope you are back to normal real soon - so you can begin to enjoy Springtime!!!

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0309COOKIE 3/20/2010 2:20PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Happy Spring!

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AQUAJANE 3/20/2010 10:43AM

    Glad you're feeling better. With stomach problems ending, it's sometimes had to figure whether to eat bland food, low fat food, or some good spice to clear the system. I can also relate to Stella wanting to get out. All the dogs here have spring fever, not to mention the humans. emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/20/2010 10:00AM

    Oh boy, so I relate. I have been sick all week and also on antibiotics. I woke up feeling much better today. It is snowing here this first day of Spring but I am still hopeful.

Take care and I am so glad you are feeling better. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Have a Super Saturday.

Sunny

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LMB-ESQ 3/20/2010 10:00AM

    So glad you're feeling better! Send Stella a bounce from me!

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THEGORGESBLONDE 3/20/2010 9:54AM

    So glad that you're able to sleep and eat a little! Take good care of yourself!

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