Have FUN now, only 4 years to go and it's all over... the end...

 Scientific fact - On the average, every 200,000 years the earth’s magnetic field reverses, the last reversal was 775,000 years ago.
(Repost from last year)
The Mayans predicted that the end of the world will happen 4 years from now on Dec 21, 2012 due to a polar shift.
NASA states that there will be a massive polar shift around December 2012 and the results of that shift are unknown. The North Pole could shift to the Equator within days, weeks or hours.  Tighten your seat belts.

NASA - http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast15feb_1.htm There are some excellent links at the bottom of this site.
NASA - http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=153331
Will 2012 be the end of everything? http://www.exitmundi.nl/Maya.htm
The end of the world http://www.greatdreams.com/end-world.htm
All about 12/21/2012 = http://www.greatdreams.com/2012.htm


"Bert saves baby from freezing to death"

It was above freezing during the day but late afternoon the very strong wind and snow started and the temperature dropped below zero. Normally about 1/2 hour before dark the Chickens prepare to go into the coop for the night. Most of them did, but with the wind and snow, Betty and baby Puff were afraid to cross the snowy yard so didn't make it to the coop before dark... the temp continued to drop. It was Nasty cold.

I knew little Puff would likely freeze to death if she wasn't in a  sheltered place So we went out with flashlights and looked everywhere.  Betty then found the courage to dart across the yard to the coop, but tiny baby Puff was nowhere to be found in the dark. She's very tiny and black so is hard to find when she hides.  When we got close to her hiding place under the deck, she came out and I picked her up and carried her to the nice warm coop (about 45). She was very happy to be rescued. Bert followed me, he had stayed with the baby to keep her warm or else she would have certainly frozen (Bert has done that on 3 occasions with other hens, risked his life to save the hens).
Today, it was below zero all day but it was about 60-65 in the solar heated Aviary. The Chickens were basking in the sun like tourists on a beach.
The Pigeons stay in the aviary at night (Ambient temp) so I have covered nests for them with a small elec heater.  Sometimes they sit in the heated nests but at night they prefer to sit in the aviary on perches, even at 20 below zero (like tonight, the WindChill will be -30). I put them into the heated nests (about 20 degrees) but they come right out again. ? oh well, they don't seem to mind the cold.
Maybe they need electric blankets?


The GPS's just couldn’t agree…it got nasty.

Artificial Un-intelligence is here. Our car has OnStar which will guide you turn by turn to any destination by GPS. It speaks and has voice recognition to listen for my commands.
We also have a dash mounted Magellan mobile GPS, which also speaks and also has voice recognition for my commands.
And I also have an excellent Lowrance handheld GPS which is more technically and detail oriented than most.
We were testing them to see which we preferred so had all three operating on our 3,200 mile Minnesota–>Texas–>Minnesota trip.
So with each turn, all three GPS devices offered their opinion about the best way to proceed. Most of the time they somewhat agreed, but occasionally one said "go straight" and another said "turn right"… ? What to do? One GPS said "Do you want freeways or the route with the most restrooms…If you prefer freeway please answer Yes or No" (waiting for an answer). …Another said "You’re off course and are in someone’s driveway, do you want to re-route, Please answer Yes or No". It seems the first GPS while waiting for an answer (yes or no) heard the second GPS clearly say "NO" and the first GPS responded with "OK, I’ll re-route you with the most restrooms" to which I responded "NO" to which the second GPS said "OK, I will not reroute, … should I recalculate to go back on course? Please answer Yes or No"… "Yes" I shouted. The first GPS said in a stern voice "You must answer either yes OR no, but not both" …. To which the second GPS said "BOTH is not a valid response….. Please answer Yes or No". So then the GPS’s started arguing with each other and paid no attention to me and my wishes.
While the dueling GPS's were arguing and telling me where to go (hmmm), we stopped where there were restrooms and had coffee and looked at an atlas.
Note: While OnStar is an excellent product and is hands-free, we decided to go with the other two (yes, two) because they don’t have a monthly fee. They all work very well.


Teach your kids the value of money (and adults too?)

 (See the $212 secret surprise near bottom)
I’ve made many of these and given them to many neighborhood kids and kids of friends and relatives. This piggy bank comes with a huge surprise when filled (see below). It can be tucked into a closet corner and takes up almost no floor space.
With each one I always make them listen to a lengthy lecture (along with graphs and charts and timelines) about the value of compounding interest and how anyone if starting young enough, can effortlessly become a millionaire or multi-millionaire (Really). A can of pop purchased today would be worth up to $6,000 cash at retirement age. This piggy bank always amazes them how small amounts can add up to some real money. I make them VOW to not open it till is full (a few have waited, most don’t)
It’s useful for adults too, but of course you’ll know the secret in advance (see below) but don’t tell the kids. It took me years to fill mine, my daughter only took a couple of months.

The white PVC has thinner walls and contains more money and weighs more. The value and make up of a pound of change varies from person to person.
It’s so easy to make, and the kids seem enthusiastic. It’s one 3 foot piece of 4" PVC sewer pipe, (either white or green) plus two end caps both glued permanently in place. Make a quarter sized slot on the top piece before gluing it on.
The markings are at 4.25" apart starting at the bottom (see photo) incrementing by $25.00 with the very top being $212.00. 

You can drill a small hole in the top and put a 3' wooden dowel or wire in it to instantly see the level of the coins inside and compare it to the markings on the side, or tie a washer on a string and drop in slot.
One pound of typical? (varies) loose change has a value of about $12 to $15.
Typically made up of
.49 cents in pennies
.65 cents in nickels
1.90 in dimes
9.50 in quarters
100# of change is $1,300 to $1,400.
If your coins are in an unmarked container, weigh it and deduct for the weight of the container, then multiply number of lbs times $13 and you'll have the approximate value.
***Hint at surprise – When full, this 4’ tube will weigh about 60 to 65#
The Secret Surprise… the markings do not represent $25 each, they represent more like $100.00 each for a total of about $865.00 when full.


060823 WHAT DO ANIMALS SAY in other countries

Bilingual Chickens.

Do they have accents?? Here’s what they say based on what many of Bert’s friends have told him. Much is the same, much is different, some is similar. If you have any further to add please mention in the comments and at some point this will be updated and republished.

Repost from 8/23/06 from Y360 = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

"WHAT ANIMALS SAY in various countries"

See the following link for sounds, many animals, many countries:

> > > Survey results from Bert, from his friends- - -

USA MN Bert Cock-a-doodle-do-it
USA IN Natalia cock-a-doodle-doo or irrr-irrr-irrrrrrrrrrrr
Mexico Cancun Lisa Ki-kirri-ki
Lithuania Aiste Kakariekuuuuu!!!
Germany KwithaKay Kikeriki
Australia Missy get up you lazy lot
Canada Tom w cock-a-doodle-aye ?
Iran fh Qu-Quli-do-do
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Vietnam Mermaidariel o` o' o o
Belgium Irka kukelekuuuuuuuuuuuu

USA MN Bert Cluck cluck, or Buck buck (buc buc)
USA IN Natalia buc, buc.., cluck, cluck (Or Bert get the heck away from me)
Mexico Cancun Lisa Coc-co-co-coc
Lithuania Astie kudkudak
Germany KwithaKay pock pock pock poooooooooock (usually followed by an egg)
Australia Missy brrurk
Iran fh Qod-Qod
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina COCCODE'
Vietnam Mermaidariel cuc tac cuc tac

USA MN Bert Cheep cheep
USA IN Natatila cheep, cheep (not cheap) lol
Lithuania Astie cyp cyp cyp
Germany KwithaKay peeeeep
Australia Missy Hi there big boy...oh NOT those kind of chicks
Iran fh Jeek Jeek
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina PIO PIO
Vietnam Mermaidariel chiep chiep chiep

> > > > DOGS SAY:
USA MN Bert Arf Arf or bow-wow woof woof ruff ruff or when mad say Grrrrrr
Mexixo Cancun Lisa Guau guau
Germany KwithaKay wau wau
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
China Wang Wang

> > > > COWS SAY:
USA MN Bert MOOooooooo or moo moo
USA IN Natalia moooooooooo
Mexico Cancun Lisa Muu
Lithuania Astie MUUUUUUUUUU
Germany KwithaKay muuuuuh
Australia Missy moooooo
Iran fh Maw
UK S tephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina MUUUUU
Vietnam Mermaidariel woooo woooooo'
Belgium Irka boe

USA, Natalia - Bert you are hot!!

> > > > OWLS SAY:
USA MN Bert Hoo Hoo
Vietnam Mermaidariel no sound
Belgium Irka oehoe

> > > > CATS SAY:
USA MN Bert Meow
USA IN Natalia meow..., or rooooowwwwwwww
Mexico Cancun Lisa miau
Lithuania Astie Miau Miau
Germany KwithaKay miau
Australia Missy meeet, meeout (well mine did anyway)
Iran fh meow
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina MIAU
Vietnam Mermaidariel Meo meo
Belgium Irka miaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuw

> > > > FROGS SAY:
USA MN Bert ribbit ribbit
USA IN Natalia ribbit, ribbit
Mexico Cancun Lisa crua crua
Lithuania Astie Kurrrrrrrr Kurrrrrrr
Australia Missy VB (thats beer Bert)
Germany KwithaKay quaack
Iran fh Qoor
UK Stephanie (they speak Eenglish to her)
Italy Marina CRA CRA CRA
Vietnam Mermaidariel dunno how to describe
Belgium Irka kwaaaaaaaak kwaaaaaaaaaaaak

> > > > BIRDS SAY:
USA MN Bert Tweet tweet or chirp chirp
USA IN Natalia tweet, tweet
Mexico Cancun Lisa pio pio
Lithuania Astie chik chirik
Australia Missy b*tchboy,whatya doin,shut up
Germany Kwithakay they sing ?
Iran fh It depends on the bird
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina CIP CIP
Vietnam Mermaidariel chip chip chip
Belgium Irka tjilp tjilp

> > > > SHEEP SAY:
USA MN Bert Baa-aaa-aaa-aaa
USA IN Natalia baaaaaaa or maaaaaaa
Mexico Cancun Lisa bee
Lithuania Astie bheeeeeeeeeeeeee
Australia Missy barrrrstad
Germany KwithaKay maeh maeh
Canada tom w THANK YOU (Just kidding tom).
Iran fh Baa
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina BEEEEEEH
Vietnam Mermaidariel bebebe bebebe

> > > > PIGS SAY:
USA MN Bert Oink Oink
USA IN Natalia oink oink.., or snort snoot lol
Lithuania Astie kriu kriu kriu
Germany KwithaKay oink oink / snort snort through the nose
Australia Missy gimmie a beer
Iran fn Um...we don't keep pigs. We're Muslims. So I can't know
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina OINK OINK
Vietnam Mermaidariel in in, ut it
Belgium Irka oink oink

> > > > FISH SAY:
USA MN Bert (not much) and when they’re mad they say… Glub glub
USA IN Natalia bubble, bubble
Lithuania Astie apppp apppp
Germany KwithaKay blubb blubb
Australia Missy drink my milk (Michael Klim)
Iran fh !
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina (the poor!)
Vietnam Mermaidariel no sound
Belgium Irka blup blup

> > > > DUCKS SAY:
USA MN Bert Quack quack
USA IN Natalia quack, quack or AFLAC!! lol
Mexico Cancun Lisa cuac cuac
Lithuania Astie kre kre kre
Germany KwithaKay quack (only one a!)
Iran fh quack
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Marina QUA QUA
Vietnam Mermaidariel quac quac quac
Belgium Irka kwak kwak kwak

> > > > GEESE SAY:
USA MN Bert Honk Honk
USA IN Natalia honk, honk (get outa my way)
Germany KwithaKay don't know - they bite :(
Canada Tom w honk-aye? (Canadian geese)
Iran fh Qaat Qaat!
Italy Rome Marinia QUA QUAtoo I suppose
Vietnam Mermaidariel somewhat the same with duck but with lower tone
Belgium Irka geese say almost the same as ducks

> > > > BEES SAY:
USA MN Bert Bzzzzzzzzzz
USA IN Natalia Bzzzzzzzzzz
Mexico Cancun Lisa bzzz
Lithuania Astie bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Germany KwithaKay sum sum
Iran fh weez
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Rome Marina BZZZZZZZ
Vietnam Mermaidariel vo ve vo ve
Belgium Irka buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz buzzzzzzzzzzzzz

> > > > TURKEYS SAY:
USA MN Bert Gobble gobble
USA IN Natalia gobble, gobble
Germany KwithaKay we do not have turkeys, they come from Poland and are usually frozen when they arrive :)
Iran fh dunno
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Italy Rome Marina cant remember but it's weird
Vietnam Mermaidariel dunno
Belgium Irka kloek kloek

> > > > HORSES SAY:
USA MN Bert ?? (I can’t even spell it). ??
USA IN Natalia neigh
Mexico Cancun Lisa Hiiiiiiii
Lithuania Astie Igagaaaaaaaa
Germany KwithaKay hueeeh (pronounceed hiiiiiiiii or somewhat like that)
Canada Tom w whinn-aye?
Iran fh hee hee hee
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Vietnam Mermaidariel hi' hi' hi'
Belgium Irka hiiiiiiiiiiiiihiiiiiiiiiii

> > > > SNAKES SAY:
USA MN Bert Hisssssssss
USA IN Natalia hissss or ssssssssssss
Mexico Cancun Lisa Would you like to go to a time-share presentation tomorrow?
Lithuania Astie shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Germany KwithaKay ssssssssssssss
Australia Missy don't know, don't want to get close enough for one to whisper in my ear
Iran fh feeeh feesh
UK Stephanie (they speak English to her)
Belgium Irka sssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

> > > > HUMANS SAY:
USA MN Bert "Blah blah blah or yadda yadda yadda"
> > > > LIONS SAY:
> > > > SHARKS SAY:
Mexico Cancun Lisa Hey baby wanna dance?
Mexico Cancun Lisa "Mexico is a state" and "I don't speak Mexican"
> > > > BOYS SAY:
Lithuania Astie sex sex
> > > > GIRLS SAY:
Lithuania Astie love love
> > > > GOATS SAY:
Germany KwithaKay baaaaeeeh
> > > > DONKEYS SAY:
Germany KwithaKay i - ahhh i - ahhh f
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Check out the link at the top. BERT (Cock-a-doodle-do-it, Cluck, Buc)


How do you cure Hiccups in a Chicken?

Bert didn't know what to do.
Video is L:\MY DOCUMENTS\My Pictures\-C Pics 2007 thru -2009\000001Pics of Chickens ... 080730 ### 2 BigBertha Hiccups o.avi

This actually for real really is the real thing, the actual unedited sounds of ... ChickUps. I only edited out the long boring stretches of video and left in the short boring parts. Bert struts around showing off and ? crowing for help for Big Bertha?

Seems Big Bertha had the Hiccups and all Bert could do was strut around crowing. It didn't help.

About the cameraman - Ace L had to get down to Chicken level for about an hour on his hands and knees to take this unprecedented video. First time ever video of a Chicken with Hiccups.


060729 Pikes Peak the Hard way.

This is as far up as I could drive.
My daughter Cindy L chose to come up the hard way and meet us near the top  (Pikes Peak, near Denver Colorado).

(Repost from Yahoo 360 - July 29, 2006)
Since It’s   SO HOT   in so many places (95 here)  I thought it would be nice to  “think cold”, therefore, Winter pictures.

 These are Ice Caves near our Wisconsin farm/cabin on Lake Superior. Many of these caves are large enough to contain whole houses including the garage. Not many people get to see this because it was a very difficult 2 mile walk over jagged ice chunks and snow along the shore to get here… and it was 20 below zero F (-29c). I have lots of pictures, here are a few. There are hundreds of these caves, all covered in ice.

 Bayfield ice  cave

Water seeps from the roof of the caves and freezes. The water is 30 to 40 feet deep under our feet. The ice is maybe 3 feet thick.
Bayfield cave ice

Some caves go for hundreds of feet and connect with other caves so you can come out somewhere else. Bayfield ice cave

The entire shoreline is covered in ice-falls.  This is a HUGE cave. Bayfield ice cave

This is Lake Superiors Apostle Islands, 90 miles East of Duluth Minnesota. Our fruit farm and cabin are on a high hill overlooking the lake and Islands. In Summer we have boated thousands of miles amongst the islands and camped on all of them.  There are many beautiful lighthouses.  
 Apostle Islands chart

Across the street from our house in town,  my neighbor girl and her dog. I got an award for this photo, it was on the cover of our City's annual calendar. Calender photo, Neighbor girl

View out our back door of house in town. OD house back porch snow

Melting snow sliding off pole barn roof OD Pole Barn snow sliding off roof

Roasting Wienies in town at 20 below zero way back in the back yard Fire pit.    It was so cold our hot chocolate froze.
 Roasting Wienies in back yard at 20 below zero

The Chickens hate to walk in the snow so Ace L clears paths around the yard for them. Mowing snow for the Chickens
There, do you feel cooler now ? ? ?


This is NOT an optical illusion

The scale is accurate.

Since this is what kept me alive at a certain point in my life, my daughter KatieL found this in a store and thought I should have it... maybe for emergencies?

Yes, it's an 8 pound can of Dinty Moore Stew.

HMMmm I wonder if it's available in 55 gallon drums?

It's so versatile, Click  Here  for other suprising uses.






Man Eats 2 Year Old Unrefrigerated Egg and Lives.


Fresh egg storage.


Can You Really Store Fresh Eggs A Year Or more Without Refrigerator?

(Mother Earth News) - see "conclusion" below.

If you've ever kept a flock of chickens, you're probably aware of a basic perversity of homestead life: While your family's consumption of eggs tends to remain fairly constant year round ... your hens' production of the delicious edibles doesn't.

Is there a way to level out this feast-or-famine scheme of things ... is there a way for you to stash away one month's surplus eggs and then eat 'em, say, six or eight months later?

Yep. Several forms of egg storage are supposed to make it possible for you to do just that. As MOTHER's continuing tests have already proven, however, some of those "guaranteed" methods of storage work a whole lot better than others!

According to an old joke, "The best way to keep an egg fresh is to keep it in the chicken." A heck of a bunch of MOTHER readers, though, must find that a little hard to do. Because if we've been asked once since founding this magazine, we've been asked a thousand times, "is there any way I can save one month's surplus eggs ... and then use them six or eight months later?"
Well, for several years, we answered that question by recommending one or another (or several) of the "guaranteed, gen-u-wine egg preservation" methods that we'd run across in old farm magazines, ancient Department of Agriculture pamphlets, and other sources. And, although we usually asked the folks we'd advised to let us know how the ideas worked, we never ... seemed .... to hear f rom them ....... again.
And that left us with, at best, an uneasy feeling right about here. "What happened, anyway?" we asked each other. "Did the idea (or ideas) work? Were the eggs good? After how long? Were they bad? When did they go bad? And how bad did they get? Could they still have been eaten in a pinch? Maybe they were still good, but they just changed color ... or texture .... or something. WHAT HAPPENED, ANYWAY?"
But nobody seemed able—or willing—to tell us. So we mulled that over for a while and finally, about seven months ago, we figured that enough was enough. "By grannies," we told each other, "we'll just set up a test that'll—once and for final—answer all the questions we have about preserving eggs."
And that's exactly what we did. We went out and bought ourselves 30 dozen guaranteed fresh, washed, uniform-sized, agribiz-type, unfertile, supermarket eggs from a wholesaler ... and we also rounded up another 30 dozen fresh, unwashed, nonuniform, homestead-type, fertile, non-supermarket eggs.


We suspected from the beginning that there might be a difference in the keeping qualities of fertile versus unfertile eggs. (Our tests have since shown that there is ... and that difference is weighed heavily in favor of the fertile eggs, but perhaps not for the reasons you might have thought.) So we started right off by dividing our 60 dozen hen fruit right down the middle, with 30 dozen fertile eggs on one side and 30 dozen unfertile eggs on the other.
Each set of 360 eggs was then further divided into 10 separate batches of three dozen each: [1] a control group that was left sitting out at room temperature, [2] a batch that was kept under "controlled refrigeration" . . . that is, 36 eggs which were put into an airtight container and stored at a constant 35° to 40°F, [3] a group that was completely covered by a solution of 9 parts water and 1 part sodium silicate, also known as "waterglass", [4] a group that was submerged in a 16 parts water/2 parts lime/1 part salt solution, [5] a batch that was packed in lard, [6] a group that was merely coated with lard, [7] three dozen that were coated with vaseline, [8] 36 eggs that were packed in dry sand, [9] three dozen that were packed in wet sand, and [10] 36 eggs that were packed in dry sawdust. Except for the refrigerated batch, all the groups of eggs were stored at a room temperature which varied from 65° to 70° F.


Our experiment was set up on February 4, 1977 and was designed to run for a full year of regular monthly "look, sniff, taste, and texture" tests. It very quickly became apparent, however, that some of the "preservation" methods we were trying were worse than no attempts at preservation at all. The eggs (both fertile and unfertile) buried in both the wet sand and sawdust looked bad, smelled bad, had lost their taste, and had runny textures just one month after being "preserved". Even the control groups-eggs which were just allowed to lay out at room temperature with nothing done to them—were better than that. Conclusion after only four weeks: Trying to store eggs in either wet sand or dry sawdust is counterproductive. Forget it. Anything else—even nothing at all works better.
Surprisingly enough, the control eggs—although slightly mushy and musty—were still edible a full eight weeks after our tests began. Except for one El Stinko waterglassed egg (which must have had an unnoticed crack in its shell at the beginning of the experiment), however, the other seven batches still in the running were all much better. Which meant that the "preservation" methods they represented really were preserving the hen fruit to one extent or another.
Believe it or not, our controls (both fertile and unfertile) were hanging in there yet after another full four weeks had passed. If we'd had our druthers, understand, we'd have eaten something else ... but, under survival conditions, we could have lived on the completely unprotected 90-day-old eggs if we'd have had to. Some of the other groups, on the other hand, were becoming a little disappointing. Most of them (even the refrigerated ones) had more or less runny whites, one of the refrigerated store-boughts smelled bad, all the vaseline-coated eggs were marginal, one of the fertilized eggs packed in dry sand had a bad sulphur taste, and a store-bought kept in waterglass was very definitely bad.
By June (120 days after the experiment was begun) all the supermarket and all the homestead control eggs had gone completely rotten. The dry sand groups (both fertile and unfertile) were also terminated at that time ... as were the store-boughts that had been coated with vaseline (the vaseline-coated homestead eggs were only marginally better). The fertile and unfertile eggs packed in lard were getting pretty "iffy", the ones coated with lard were doing a lot better, the lime water groups were still edible (although, in the case of the supermarket eggs, barely edible), the refrigerated eggs seemed to have firmed up and were nearly as good as fresh, and-while the waterglassed groups were, in general, doing far better than average-one of the fertile eggs covered with waterglass was very definitely bad.
The ranks of the still-good eggs began to thin considerably 150 days into our test. By July, the supermarket eggs packed in lard weren't making it anymore (while the fertile eggs packed in lard were runny but edible). Likewise the waterglassed eggs. The lime water store-boughts, on the other hand, were still "good" (except for the one we didn't even open, since it floated), while the lime water homestead hen fruit was only "edible". Both the agribiz and the down-home eggs coated with lard were "good enough to eat for breakfast". While-maybe just by contrast-the store-bought refrigerated cackleberries were "good, like fresh" and the homestead refrigerated hen fruit was "excellent".
August, of course, was more of the same. The lard-packed fertile eggs were still "OK", the waterglassed fertiles were still "OK", the lime water homestead eggs were barely edible and the lime water store-boughts were rotten. The lard-coated hen fruit (both fertile and unfertile) all looked weird ... but could be eaten. Which really only left the refrigerated supermarket and refrigerated homestead eggs as "good" and "looks almost fresh".
The fertile eggs packed in lard, coated with lard, preserved in waterglass, and covered by lime water were still all "OK" in September. The store-boughts coated with lard were not. Leaving, again, as the Big Winners the refrigerated fertile eggs ("good") and the refrigerated unfertile eggs ("good, almost fresh").


At the end of seven months (all of our experiment that was finished and processed at the time this issue went to press), then, we had drawn these conclusions about our egg preservation experiment:
[1] Unwashed, fertile homestead eggs seem to store much better than washed, unfertile agribiz eggs. Why? Probably for the simple reason that they're unwashed ... and not because they're fertile. Hen fruit, as it comes from the chicken, is coated with a light layer of a natural sealing agent called "bloom". And, while a good wash may make a batch of eggs look more attractive, it also removes this natural protective coating ... leaving the eggs more subject to aging and attack by the air and bacteria in the air.
[2] The very best way we've found to stash eggs away for long-term storage is in a sealed container at a temperature of 35° to 40°F. Their whites may become somewhat runny looking over a period of time, but even after seven months—the cackleberries stored in this manner smell good, taste good, have a good texture, and—in short—seem "almost fresh".
[3] The widely touted idea of covering eggs with a solution of one part waterglass (sodium silicate) mixed with nine parts of boiled and cooled water does indeed seem to work better than any other "room temperature" preservation method we tried. If our experiences are any indication, though, it's really good for only about five months and is a distant second to controlled refrigeration.
Another point: As good as some eggs kept in waterglass were, almost every batch we opened seemed to contain one real stinker. Which makes it a superior idea to open any waterglassed egg (or any egg, for that matter) separately into a cup ... where it may be inspected before pouring it into a skillet, pan, or dish with other food.
[4] Unwashed, fertile eggs submerged in a solution of 16 parts water/2 parts lime/1 part salt, packed in lard, and coated with lard seem to keep at room temperature almost as well as unwashed fertile eggs that have been given the waterglass treatment. Washed, unfertile eggs do not.
[5] Unwashed, fertile eggs packed in dry sand or coated with vaseline and stored at room temperature keep a little longer-but not much-than unwashed fertile eggs that are just left lying out at room temperature. Washed, unfertile eggs exhibit the same characteristics ... with all storage times running a few days less across the board.
[6] Forget packing any kind of eggs in wet sand or sawdust! Our tests show that such methods of "preservation" can turn eggs rotten within a month and are worse than doing nothing at all to the hen fruit.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1977-11-01/Can-You-Really-Store-Fresh-Eggs-a-Year-or-More-Without-Refrigeration.aspx?page=4 = = = = = = = = = = =
More liinks - 2 year old unrefrigerated eggs
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9684/egg.html http://www.alpharubicon.com/primitive/eggstoragereport.htm


060722 - - - 22 miles on a Garden Tractor

(Repost from Y360 7/22/06)

That’s how far it is for 8 trips on my ¼ mile road from the Pole Barn to the Cabin plus the main “yard” around the pole barn and around the cabin… mowed 3 times because the grass was taller than my small tractor which couldn’t handle it in just one cutting.
With the big tractor (with the broken belt) it would have been only 2.5 miles but I had to use a smaller tractor (42”).
Tomorrow, I have to mow the yard in town. The average city yard requires about a ½ mile walk with a 20” mower.

I LOVE MY FARM. It’s 2-½ miles to walk around the outside property line.

Below - The ¼ mile road from the pole barn to the cabin 

Below - View of Goose Creek from the front patio door of the Cabin. Diesel watching the geese.

Below - Front of the farmhouse, and the barn. This is part of the main horse pasture.
Note the dog kennels next to the barn.

Below - THIS is part of my back yard...View from the living room window.
See the two tractors plowing? There are deer in the back field and a lake just beyond the trees.

Below - View from the back 40 looking toward the house (far right on the ridge).

Below - View from the N 40 looking S toward the house. Some of the 30 cows.

Mother Black Angus and her one day old calf we named “Sweetpea”. 

Below - Early morning view of the mid and back 40.
I stood at this window for hours with a cup of coffee, just gazing out at the land and all the wildlife.

FIVE of the 9 horses at the salt lick. The two at the left are ponies.

My Sunday cars, a 23 Ford pickup and a 21 Ford touring.

Below - Harvest time.

Just a small glimpse of life on the farm. I have sold the farm house and back part of the farm, but still have the rest.


060717 "How to Make Your Twinkie More Appealing."

Recipes even MEN can follow.
AND you already thought your Twinkie was just too delicious?
Just try this, using a microwave oven. 

I discovered/invented these delightful recipes while trying to be resourceful with ingredients at hand.

Recipe #1 - Kahlua Twinkie:
1) Place your Twinkie in a small cereal bowl.
2) SLOWLY pour about 1+ jigger of Kahlua over your Twinkie.
3) Place your Twinkie in the oven for approximately 10.3 seconds until warm or the cream filling starts to melt and ooze out. Make sure your Twinkie soaks up all the Kahlua.
4) Enjoy.

It tastes just like an expensive gourmet dessert at a very expensive restaurant.

Recipe #2 - Roasted Caramel banana:
How to make your Banana more appealing.

1) Build a campfire.
2) Fork your banana.
3) Roast in the fire until foamy juices are oozing out with gusto. (You can’t keep it in the fire too long and burn it, better too long in the fire than not long enough).
4) Place your hot banana on a plate and use a sharp knife to make a “trap door” on top so the banana skin forms a “dish”,
5) Open the banana “door” from top to bottom. The banana should be quite mushy. With a spoon, spread the banana mush so it forms a grove from top to bottom.
6) Pour in caramel sauce (or hot fudge, Kahlua, etc).
7) Enjoy
(You can cheat and put your banana in the microwave for 3+ minutes with the same results).

It tastes just like an expensive gourmet dessert at a very expensive restaurant. MMmmmmm.

More handy cooking tips for Men (by Bert, Master Chef)
1) Your burnt soup is done when the smoke alarm goes off…. Add ½ cup of water.

2) Want formal dining? Put a place-mat in the bottom of the sink before eating.

3) Remove the paper from the can of Dinty Moore Stew before placing it on the burner.
(Note: Do not put out the fire with certain salad dressings, they burn too, I discovered).

4) Thaw out frozen pizza and TV dinners before eating, they’re not as crunchy that way.
(Better yet, Heat them first if you have time).

5) Don’t have any croutons? Popcorn makes a great substitute.

6) Catsup makes almost anything taste ok.

7) Place paper towels under hamburger to soak up the grease. Throw away hamburger, eat paper towel (less calories). Add catsup for more taste.

8) Nat reminded me... SPAM... , My Favorite. Spam can be used in so many ways, and if in a hurry, can chew on it right out of the can. Use your imagination and be creative with Spam. (It's Not just food anymore)

9) any suggestions?


Spot laughs at her own jokes

Spot Dove is always happy. She's always having fun (video, turn sound up a bit). Everything is exciting to her. She is very adventurous, always getting into mischief, then she laughs. Shelled sunflower seeds are her favorite treat, kinda like dessert. (Video Spot on hand in front of fireplace)

Right now though she is sound asleep laying on her side on the F5 thru F8 keys. Can you hear her snoring?


“Solar Powered Chickens” - 11/11/2006

“Solar Powered Chickens” coop, coop-design, solar, aviary, chickens
It’s a smashing success.
Ace just built this Chickens solarium/aviary for Bert and the hens. It’s connected to the coop inside the pole barn via a skyway with a gravity airlock. The coop always remains above freezing day/night. The Solarium gets too hot during the day, heating the coop for free in the process. At night the solarium cools to the ambient temperature, but the insulated coop stays warm. In summer there are numerous vents and windows and it keeps the coop cooler by keeping the hot sun off the shed wall and dissipating the heat. 061111 AviaryText

The floor of the solarium is covered with 5” of dry sand so is like a huge litter box for very easy cleaning with a long handled rake/scoop. The Chickens are free to roam the yard anytime except on days when the temp does not get above 20 deg the Chickens will be confined to the draft free warm solarium where they can still fly just a bit and take sun-baths. The Chicken door is a sliding glass door.

Today it’s 30 deg but the aviary air temp is 82 in the shade, 122 in the sun. It will double as a “greenhouse” for plants in the Spring. In Minnesota it can get down to minus 40 (C and F deg).
Houses should be build like this.

UPDATE 10/2010 - Solar Aviary addition

 The entire aviary-coop is mouse proof.  Even on a overcast day the temp is 10-15 degrees warmer, with sun 60-90 degrees inside.  When the sun comes up a thermostat/fan blows hot air from the aviary into the insulated coop so the coop stays warm the next night without any additional head source.  It remains above freezing for almost no expense ($5 per year for elec heat at temps lower than 20 below, otherwise free)

With twice the floor space the Chickens are very content to stay in the aviary when the weather it too nasty for them outside.  The sand floor is very quick and easy to clean and keeps it very sanitary for the Chickens, and it also acts a bit like a heat sync to store heat for evening.

The sand floor has roofing "Ice-Shield" for a waterproof basin for the sand. The Chickens love to take dirt-baths and lounge around in the sun.

For INFO and specs on the insulated coop inside the pole barn, see :
View the Chickens in the back yard anytime via Live Chicken Cam... you control the camera

"What happens in the Coop, stays in the Coop" - 7/15/2006

(The title refers to the fertilizer).
This is my HI-TECH HOME. We're probably the most pampered Chickens around. The coop has to withstand temps from minus 40 to 120 above.
For Winter: It has thermostatically controlled radiant floor heating for the Minnesota Winters. The fully insulated coop never goes below freezing and the nests stay at 45 deg so the water does not need to be heated. Thanks to the gravity air lock to the outside thru the skyway (Door is always open), the expense of heating is a mere $5 per year. With a small draft-free muffin fan providing negative air pressure, frost never forms around the doors, and all ammonia laden exhaust is ducted to the outside, also removing dust and the very high humidity (98% down to 45%).    In Winter I use a 40 watt standard light bulb on a timer which adds a bit of extra heat.
Summer: On 100 deg Summer days, a programmed set-back thermostat cooling system with cool air ducted from the cool cement floor in back, keeps the temp between 73 and 86 degrees even though the pole barn which contains the Coop, reaches 120 deg. On really hot days the coop is always cooler than outside in the shade. When the large cooling fan is not needed, a small muffin fan is automatically switched on to force a small amount of fresh air in which is then vented outside thru the skyway. Wireless remote alarms sound if the temperature exceeds the set limits (32-86). Summer and Winter, the inside always has 13 hours of “Daylight” on timers (for maximum egg production). In Summer I use a 25 watt (3watt) LED bulb on a timer which add NO heat to the coop. During the day, the lights are automatically switched off and soft outside light is provided thru the skyway (somewhat darkened, good for nesting).

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30 remote controlled wireless color cameras monitor inside the coop and the entire yard, front/back. The remote controlled pan/tilt cameras are all wired to the computer for broadcast on the internet, and also to every TV/VCR/DVD recorder. This also provides CCTV surveillance of the entire property, all activity anywhere day or night can be recorded on the computer or VCR. From any TV, we can watch the full-time “Chicken Channel”. At nite the infra-red cameras allows a normal view even with no light at all, or just a small 1.5 watt nite light. It’s easy to see on TV the instant any eggs are laid and need collecting.
Cleaning is nearly automatic. All “fertilizer” drops into the waterproof hopper where it then falls into the trough. Every 2 weeks or so the trough is slid out and a clean trough put in it’s place. The trough is emptied into the compost pile. If necessary, the hopper is easily cleaned with a “Mr Swifter” using paper towels. The inside of the coop is always shiny clean white with no “aroma” at all. It helps keep the Chicken healthy and free of any diseases or ailments. The coop is designed so it would need no attention/cleaning at all for up to a month if desired. It has automatic food/water.

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UPDATE : THis picture is before the Solar Aviary addition

(Ace L ) ----- Although Chickens don't like snow, the cold doesn't bother them so they are free to leave the coop and roam around the back yard all day (Our Roving Lawn Ornaments). Below 10~ degrees, their combs can freeze so then they are not allowed outside. They LOVE to eat any bugs they can find (we have none left) and they also cultivate all the weeds. Unfortunately, they also LOVE tomatoes in the garden. They have no fear of machinery and the lawnmower discharge will send them rolling across the yard (Scrambled eggs). I have to be careful while using the leaf blower and the weed whacker (naked Chickens). When I'm working on things/equipment, they will climb all over my tools and equipment, they are very curious and get in my way, I have to keep pushing them aside. Sometimes they will land on my shoulder or on my head. Bert (the rooster) gets very upset whenever one of the hens is missing and crows until they are all together again. They keep us entertained. The German Shepherd Diesel, and the Cat Tuna, and the Chickens, are all good friends.


This was impressive, Bert was flying with the Eagles.

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Recently we were in Wabasha MN on the Mississippi River where there is a large concentration of Bald Eagles. It was at the "Eagle Center" where this one was posing for photographs outside, a rare occurrence (I was about 3 feet away)

Below is a THREE DIMENSIONAL Picture, if you look cross-eyed at it. A third Eagle will appear in the middle, tilt head just very slightly until images line up and Whalla --- a 3D Eagle (the other two will vanish). Close to the screen is better.  Kinda neat eh? (These are frames from a video... I should have had more separation and it would have been more dramatic)080502 Wabasha Eagle portrait from vid 3D 175

 Got some great videos too, but didn't have time to upload them.