Thursday, October 18, 2007

There's just no reasoning with them.

Say “hello” to our birds. Many people look at them & think they’re doves, but they’re actually homing pigeons. The woman who used to live in our house has a business, taking her lovely white homing pigeons to weddings and funerals, releasing them, and then they fly home. When we bought her house, she explained to us that the best way to re-home the birds (convince them to move) was to build them a better coop than the one they were living in before. So despite the fact that she built for them, at her new family home in town, the Taj Mahal of Pigeon Palaces, about half of the birds determinedly and repeatedly returned to us. There’s just no reasoning with them. We had about 20 birds after the move.

The birds have been very contented with us, and we with them, since we enjoy seeing them fly together across the sky, with the mountain in the background. Really, it’s a Little Bit of Heaven here at the Aquarian Hamster farm. And the birds showed their contentment by beginning to lay eggs. This, right about the time that a mutual friend expressed the desire to have some of her own white pigeons. We let the 10 eggs develop and got 8 new babies, who were relocated to their new home as soon as they became capable of eating & flying. I hope they’ll stay with her, and I do believe they were pretty young to have become “homed” to our place already. In the meantime, our birds continue to lay eggs, and I’m pitching them. It did cross my mind to try making wee little omelettes with them, but I hear they’re rather gamey.

The only downside to this situation is that the birds seem to think they own the place - including the sheep stall - so they often invade, leaving droppings in the sheeps’ water and supplies, and sometimes on the girls’ lovely fleece, which does not make me happy. I also worry about parasites and/or diseases. The sheeple do get wormed at regular intervals, but I still worry. Soon, the sheep will have their own personal barn. And the birds can have the old barn. But really, there is no reasoning with them. We’ll see how that works.

On the knitting front, I have finished the seed stitch jacket and a companion hat. They fit perfectly and I’m very happy with the style. I began with Ann Norling’s “Adult Basic: Drop Shoulder Cardigan” pattern but made a few modifications. I’ll try to post a photo next time.

Anemarie says “Hello”.


Blogger d2 said...

Hello AnnaMarie!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Tina T-P said...

You could save those little eggs and dry them, (just let them sit undisturbed in a cool place for several months) - then dye or paint them for an Easter Egg tree or Christmas tree ornaments. :-) T. (who collected decorative eggs for many years & has a dozen Americauna eggs drying in her fridge...)

10:28 PM  

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