Tuesday, 6 March 2007

wriggling

Yesterday we had our twelve week(!) scan and collected two new chickens.

Both of these things went well.

The scan was weird-but-nice. The baby was wriggling around inside and we could see it's little arms and legs and both hemispheres of the brain. Odd to know that it's basically doing aerobics in there for twenty minutes and then dozing for twenty minutes and I can't yet tell any difference between the two. I do keep feeling fluttering sensations but I have decided that that's a combination of wishful thinking and wind.

Today is the fifth day without being sick, which is nice.

I am celebrating by helping B construct a pen for the Pekins, essentially so that we can go and visit some friends for a long weekend this weekend, without having to arrange for chicken sitters; but also so that they stop jumping over the fence and sitting in the council grit box opposite the house and causing everyone passing to stop and ask us whether we know our bantams are out. It's a very nice, sunny day and it's good to be pottering in the garden, even if I still can't lift anything heavy in case the baby pops out by accident when I tense my stomach muscles.

The two new chickens are another couple of Cream Legbars. Because we lost Exploding Chicken to The Great Hen House In The Sky, we decided that a couple of additional greeny-blue egg layers would be a good addition to George's harem.

We are selling all our surplus eggs to family and friends and it's working really well. The egg money pretty much pays for the chicken food; so eggs we use ourselves and any meat we produce is coming straight off our housekeeping budget. We worked out that the cockerels we culled just after Christmas would have cost us £90 - 12 kilos of good meat at £7.50 a kilo - which pretty much pays for the purchase cost of the chickens back in the summer. I know that we could buy chicken meat much more cheaply from the supermarket; but I have become really, really peculiar about eating meat that I don't know the origin of - so if I eat meat, it's going to be expensive meat.

I am in the process of putting together a really nerdy spreadsheet to track our chicken keeping costs ... but actually building a pen to stop them getting flattened by passing traffic is more of a priority today. And this afternoon, we have to go and collect the rest of the bee-kit from The Bee Man. This is the final load and is the one including the honey extractor. The bees have settled in well and are buzzing around the garden looking for flowers.

I reckon that I'll be in bed by seven again tonight - the slight hitch to not feeling totally rancid all day is that I do actually do stuff that makes me tired and then need to go to bed in woolly bedsocks really early.

Tomorrow, pictures of chicken accommodation, as exmonkey very flatteringly requested some last week, and I haven't yet shifted my lazy ass.

25 comments:

  1. I agree 100% with your paragraph about egg and chicken economics. Ours, too, are paying for their feed plus contributing organic eggs and meat for the table that would otherwise be really expensive, yet are the only kind we want to eat.

    I feel that we get so much joy out of them, too, that it would be fine if raising chickens were only a hobby that paid for itself. (I said that to a friend in town, and he sputtered, "Hell, yes--I'd pee my pants if my band ever paid for itself!") :-)

    So glad to hear your 12-week checkup (you did mean *week*, didn't you? ;-)) went well!

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  2. I agree 100% with your paragraph about egg and chicken economics. Ours, too, are paying for their feed plus contributing organic eggs and meat for the table that would otherwise be really expensive, yet are the only kind we want to eat.

    I feel that we get so much joy out of them, too, that it would be fine if raising chickens were only a hobby that paid for itself. (I said that to a friend in town, and he sputtered, "Hell, yes--I'd pee my pants if my band ever paid for itself!") :-)

    So glad to hear your 12-week checkup (you did mean *week*, didn't you? ;-)) went well!

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  3. Ahem. You *must* mean weeks! Glad it went well - hope you stop puking now!

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  4. Ahhh yes, I was just about to say too that if you've been pregnant for 12 months so far then you need to see the doctor. ;-)

    ps. the fluttering could well be the baby. When I was on No. 3, Ewan, I could feel him moving at 12 weeks and it was a fluttering sensation whereas with No. 1, P, it was a full 24 weeks before I fely any movement. I am aure it's because I didn't know what kind of sensation I was expecting!

    You realise that I am now in danger or recalling everything about my pregnancies and coming across as a total know-all. I promise to try not to!

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  5. Ahhh yes, I was just about to say too that if you've been pregnant for 12 months so far then you need to see the doctor. ;-)

    ps. the fluttering could well be the baby. When I was on No. 3, Ewan, I could feel him moving at 12 weeks and it was a fluttering sensation whereas with No. 1, P, it was a full 24 weeks before I fely any movement. I am aure it's because I didn't know what kind of sensation I was expecting!

    You realise that I am now in danger or recalling everything about my pregnancies and coming across as a total know-all. I promise to try not to!

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  6. you obviously meant weeks. it just feels like mpnths

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  7. Pete - yep, you're right, real Freudian slip! :).

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  8. Pete - yep, you're right, real Freudian slip! :).

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  9. I love reading your posts. I thik it is because of all the bloogers i "know" your life is the mot opposite of mine. It all sounds ver cozy.

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  10. I love reading your posts. I thik it is because of all the bloogers i "know" your life is the mot opposite of mine. It all sounds ver cozy.

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  11. Great to hear (read?) things are going well. Sounds glorious there! kaz xx

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  12. Glad the MS is abating and that everything was fantastically gymnastic. I had my first scan during the Seoul Olympics and Hannah could have won a medal.
    The sick should be fine now unless you eat that crunchy bit in your dressing gown pocket thinking it is a bit of ferero rocher left over from christmas only to find it's a salmon flavoured cat treat (obviously, no personal experience involved there).

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  13. Glad the MS is abating and that everything was fantastically gymnastic. I had my first scan during the Seoul Olympics and Hannah could have won a medal.
    The sick should be fine now unless you eat that crunchy bit in your dressing gown pocket thinking it is a bit of ferero rocher left over from christmas only to find it's a salmon flavoured cat treat (obviously, no personal experience involved there).

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  14. 5 days without being sick? Excellent! And with you 100% on knowing where meat came from.

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  15. Glad everything is going well and you are no longer boking rings round you as they say where I come from

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  16. Hope the vomit free days are keeping up!

    I would love to have the space to have chickens. I found a photo of me as a little girl today with chickens on my grandparents farm...

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  17. Hope the vomit free days are keeping up!

    I would love to have the space to have chickens. I found a photo of me as a little girl today with chickens on my grandparents farm...

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  18. Hi Ally - congrats on the new chickens and the latest on baby :-)The whole 'baby growing inside Mummy's tummy' thing I still find, well just amazing/wonderful. Did they print you out a picture to keep?

    I share with you a hesitancy about eating commercially farmed meat - especially 'tumbled' water injected chicken at about 5p each that supermarkets pump out. Ghastly.
    Free range, corn fed, that'll do nicely :-)

    By the way - check your inbox hon. Wanted to invite you to my new site (as well as Innergirl) If there's nothing there, drop me a note and I'll resend the invite.

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  19. Hi Ally - congrats on the new chickens and the latest on baby :-)The whole 'baby growing inside Mummy's tummy' thing I still find, well just amazing/wonderful. Did they print you out a picture to keep?

    I share with you a hesitancy about eating commercially farmed meat - especially 'tumbled' water injected chicken at about 5p each that supermarkets pump out. Ghastly.
    Free range, corn fed, that'll do nicely :-)

    By the way - check your inbox hon. Wanted to invite you to my new site (as well as Innergirl) If there's nothing there, drop me a note and I'll resend the invite.

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  20. So glad you're not puking still, I hope that's still the case..
    Aw, I have chicken-envy.. I wish Robert would come round to my way of thinking about keeping some chickens. I so love reading about yours.

    She Weevil, thanks for the laugh out loud.

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  21. So glad you're not puking still, I hope that's still the case..
    Aw, I have chicken-envy.. I wish Robert would come round to my way of thinking about keeping some chickens. I so love reading about yours.

    She Weevil, thanks for the laugh out loud.

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  22. Ally - what has been going on?
    I'm so really really pleased for you.
    It must be the extra fertile soil!

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  23. Ally - what has been going on?
    I'm so really really pleased for you.
    It must be the extra fertile soil!

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  24. I'm still so proud of you for gettin' knocked up and all, although the puking probably isn't really as amusing to you as it is to me. *hugs*

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  25. I'm still so proud of you for gettin' knocked up and all, although the puking probably isn't really as amusing to you as it is to me. *hugs*

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