Monthly Archive for July, 2010

Oh well

Emmy (I think) killed Baby Peep Peep, no marks on her except for a few lost feathers and her neck wasn’t broken. I think she just worried her until she died.

I’d noticed earlier on that Peep Pee wasn’t going around with the flock, she was just sitting on the compost heap by herself and sleeping. I fed her a little bit of wormer and she didn’t struggle when I picked her up. She wasn’t growing at the same rate as the others or putting on any weight either. (As a comparison, it takes me at least 5 minutes to catch the other two if I want to look at them or anything, and then they scream and struggle and try and flap their wings)

One of the dogs bought her up and left her on the landing for us to find. When Lucy killed the hamster she laid it out neatly in the dogs bed so it could have been her I suppose, but I don’t think so.

The chickens have free roam of the garden at the moment, the big two protect the little two and Emmy can’t really get near them, when they see her they all rush to the compost heap and wait until she goes away. Henrietta and Hermia stand on top of the chicks until it’s safe again.

Emmy did come in with an egg in her mouth yesterday, I extracted it and put it in the egg box, unbroken. I also extracted the unbroken fledgling and set it free in the garden, twice. Third time the chickens killed it I think. Pickle also bought me an unbroken bird, that one went to the RSPCA (Was before Emmy, but I didn’t feel safe setting it free in the garden) She came up to me in the garden with it in her mouth and went “moewph?” and then tried to run away, I thought it was dead but when I caught her she dropped it and it ran off.

It’s been an interesting couple of days.


Tera’s gone on holiday. No eggs yesterday, just one from Henrietta today. I think Emmy might have stolen them yesterday because I found some shell on the stairs… The terrible weather might be depressing them a little too, although it’s been pretty nice the last couple of days.

(I hope it goes shit again and we get more thunderstorms, they’re so fun!)

Chick (Which mum seems to have named “Baby Peep Peep”) still doesn’t seem brilliantly well, but on a better note, they’re roaming the garden and the dogs don’t care! When they see the dogs they rush back to the compost heap but Emmy totally broke down the fence a couple of days ago and there’s been no incidents.

Went outside and staked up all my tomatoes so they can get more light, although they might have nitrogen deficiency because a lot of the leaves are yellowing. They’re only in a tiny pot, I’m hoping the ones in the ground will do better, they’re already starting to flower some of them.

We ate one of the cabbages the other day. Whoa, not something I’d normally eat but it was damn good. I’m planting them again (further apart!) next year. It’s funny, the ones I planted in the ground went WHOOOSH and got huge, but the ones I planted in the growbag are still the same size, if not smaller, than when I put them in. All the Spinach went a bit ropey and into flower, so I pulled it up to make room for tomatoes and the cabbages.

Been playing and messing with the SDK for Alien Swarm, it’s been out a week or so now and it’s pretty awesome, even if the campaign does just feel like a tech demo. There’s some awesome mods coming out for it already. Waiting for Tera to come back off holiday so we can play it, although he has threatened to turn up on the doorstep, that would be fun.

One of the chicks is sick :(

One of the chicks is sick, I think. She’s got crusty eyes and she doesn’t try and run away as much as the other two. If I hold her she doesn’t try and struggle and she’s a little wobbly I put her down. I’m hoping it’s just because she’s been in a big flock, and that with some good food and tlc she’ll perk up. I’ve put some grapefruit extract in their water anyway, it kills off the algae if nothing else.

I’m bored, I think I’ll go work out how much my Steam account is worth.


Hermia missed an egg a couple of days ago, and the new chicks are settling in ok. Having to keep Emmy locked inside to stop her from standing on them though, she just jumps straight over the fence. They look a bit like this. The breed is Light Sussex and they’re probably around 10 weeks old.


The migraine last night was seriously weird, lasted about two hours before I went to sleep. First blindness, a blind spot that moved from the lower right up to the center right of my vision, I took ibproufen. About half an hour later my arm and face went numb, nothing odd there, but then I realised I couldn’t talk.

I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t even type properly, the words just kept coming out wrong no matter what I did. Watching telly a bit I used the word custard instead of person, that sort of thing. It was seriously weird but also kinda fun.


Random migraine. Wonder what that’s all about.

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I saw another steam train go by the other day, about 23:30, the smoke was all lit up orange from the sparks and all the passenger carriages were lit up through the trees. It was pretty.

The chickens are still layin two eggs a day and I’m going with granddad to get them a couple more friends tomorrow. Need another bag of pellets too. The feedstore is only two miles away but I have no way of carrying the bag home.

I walked the dogs 4 miles or so the other day, found a nice stream Emmy and Bella could swim in without drowning and they all enjoyed it, even if Sophie was too nervous to jump in and her sheep-wool-like coat absorbs water like a sponge. I’m not allowed to walk them for the next few days though because they went to the groomers yesterday and they look and smell nice at the moment. (She coats them in perfume or something, if they’re not walked, the smell stays for around a month)

I watched the first season of Merlin the other day, not the best thing I’ve ever seen, but not bad either, I watched all of Flame of Recca, caught up on the Hunter x Hunter manga and read some of the Flame of Recca manga again. Might watch the HxH anime though again just for the hell of it, I have the real thing on DVDs but the subs are pretty terrible.

Me and mum made jam yesterday, it came out pretty well. Strawberry and Redcurrant, and Elderberry. There’s more redcurrants and some gooseberries in the fridge so we need to use those up too.

I dunno. Worked out that if I go through the park, I can walk the dogs 4+ miles only crossing three roads (Well, three there three back) and having to walk 50m or so up one. That’s kinda nice, it takes longer to put the leads on than they’re actually being used. I guess it’s not too bad around here I still miss Manchester but I guess that won’t go away. We couldn’t have had four dogs there, or chickens really.

It seems the pulled muscle I’ve had in my leg has finally healed, (it stuck around for like, three weeks and came back every time I walked over a mile) so I should start messing with my bike again.

The dog warden came round and chipped the dogs the other day, I already got Emmy done at the vet (£27) but the dog warden will come to your house and do it for £5 a dog. Not bad! We got the big two done, we weren’t gonna at the prices the vet was charging, but for £5 it’s pretty good.

So yeah, apart from that I’ve just been playing games. I’ve thrown 21hrs into King’s Bounty, 25 into Audiosurf and am trying to play Altitude more, but it’s a little dead in the evenings which is kinda annoying. More damn people need to own and play this game!

Oh and I bought Necrovision during the sale and it’s the only thing so far that can reliably make my computer reboot itself! (It does so when I try and open it) does this mean it’s likely a graphics card problem? I have a shitty cheap graphics card. (Radeon 3600 or something)

To be honest I need a new computer…

I love the internet

Sent Grandma a Moonpig card for her birthday. So much easier than having to do it in person! I think it should get there by tomorrow too.

Emmy stole another egg, one of Henrietta’s this time. Hermia also laid one without a shell which was interesting. I think she considered going broody this morning but I talked her out of it and stole her egg. It was all warm!

I’m in an odd mood, anyway. Back to watching Flame of Recca!