Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yesterday Frank came home with this bin for the geese. No baby pools are available in the stores until June, I do not know why they are then. Who puts their baby nude in a baby pool in 60 degrees? Beats the heck outa me, anyway so no pool. We needed some of these under the bed bins so we can clean it and use later.
Needless to say, the geese were grateful. Geese and ducks have to have a water source deep enough to at least clean their face because of the way they eat, they have to clean their "nose" after eating. Long description. Ducks will not even breed/lay eggs without water. Geese breed, but our first eggs were literally hours after this bin was given to them. So obviously, she needs a clean butt to lay eggs out of.
We are taking/eating their first eggs. If she gets broody and sits, she wont lay any more this season. They only lay for spring/summer so we will let her hatch out a late June setting and raise her goslings all winter. Then, we will sell them for thanksgiving/christmas geese meals. We dont eat goose.
The fruition of these to be shown later. Lets just say that Tad is growing fast, more out than up. He is a short kid, but he is stout. He has become too thick in his chest and arms to keep wearing his t shirts, and he is out of decent jackets. His jeans are worn through also. I buy his jeans now, at this age, as I need the carhart weight fabric and my machines wont do that thickness. I need a new machine anyway, but that will be later.
Tad and Frank spent about 2 hours yesterday making a gun out of a lighter, it was one of those long lighters-I dont know what they are called specifically. They took it apart and followed some you tube video to make a gun that shoots q-tips using isopropyl alcohol.
Laughing because it shocks you each time you shoot it. And yet, they keep shooting it. Frank told him it wouldnt shock him but Tad KNEW he was lying, Frank cannot lie with a straight face. Matter fact, yesterday I told Tad a lie, and Frank was arguing and Tad simply said, mama you sound so truthful and I know Daddy cannot lie so you are the one lying here. Hmm thanks a lot son!
Yes, Tad was shocked again. This time he is aiming his q tip towards Frank, um maybe dead center? Not that a q tip will cause harm.
Laughing too hard to shoot, sometimes it doesnt shoot and you have to keep pushing the trigger. it only shocks you when it detonates so you have no way of knowing when this will occur.
Frank: "Baby girl, do you want a turn to shoot?"
Nathalie: "Daddy, are you serious? Do you see my eyes? Do you not think I know why women live longer than men?"
"Mama, women do live longer right?"
"Yes punk they sure do."
"Cause men are kinda stupid? I mean they are taking turns being shocked. You wanna eat some animal crackers with me and read a Ramona book?"
"Sure baby. That sounds great."
"Maybe if we pour EXTRA alcohol in here, it will shoot farther. Here you hold this."
"Okay, daddy not too much we want to make sure we can shoot a lot of times."
"Mama did you see him pour it in there, this is going to be so cool! Just watch ok!"
"I am going to hold it with the rag and then I wont get shocked." Note:rag is wet from alcohol.
Tad is laughing because yes, the rag was wet. Yes, this conducts electricity and Frank was shocked quite badly. It shook him up a little for a second, scrambled his brain. Yet, here he pours MORE into it to do it again!
Tad is excited, Nathalie plainly looks worried. You see those lines in her forehead? Tad and I cannot do that, we dont have those lines. She and Frank have them in worry, anger, frustration and disgust.
Yes he was shocked again. This time, he set his equipment down for a little bit. Matter fact, I think this was the last time he shot it! Not that he wont be back at it again tonight.
Trying to shake it off here. I think this is a case of boys never grow up! They had so much fun making the gun. Nathalie and I did the dishes and chores while they labored and I think we were just as happy. She was in and out, helping them now and then but mostly was happier to play with her pet geese and dream of their baby goslings that she wants to lead train. Depending on how many they have, she will get to keep 2 to train as her very own for the next fair. She does love water fowl, we do not know why. They are messy to clean up after and have some requirements that other birds do not, like a big enough container to swim and wash in that needs daily changing. Regardless she loves them. We are thinking of getting a couple of female ducks and 1 male, they lay more eggs than geese and we eat them. We eat the goose eggs too, but they lay more for brooding than egg production. Some ducks are specifically egg producers. They are poor layers, but bantam hens or geese will set them or we can incubate. The point of ducks/geese is eggs for eating, or more ducks/geese to sell for holiday meals. they sell pretty high and are simple to raise.