Saturday, March 30, 2013

A home for spring

Well it's official. Spring is here.

While snow still lingers in dirty piles, plants sprout, trees bud, and the green house gets freakin' hot!

As the temperatures in the greenhouse were rising to above 80 degrees, I realized it was time to move the quail. My dad and I have been working on this run. It measures 6x2 feet. It turned out quite lovely, dont you think!

The quail are slightly confuzzled by the move, but getting on fine. Today, and the day before yesterday they layed 7 eggs. Quite impressive, I must say for a bird weighing barely 12 ounces!

While getting them in and out of this new run, I have encountered a few problems. While attempting to move them, both Dove and Loli escaped. It was a panicked moment, but they both are very calm so i returned them to their hutch in a few seconds.

So while this set up currently isn't too attractive, with the propane tank propping the greenhouse door open, and the dirty pink-whatever, I think it will look very nice once plants start to grow.


Friday, March 8, 2013


As the days get longer, and the snow finally begins to melt...

 Spaz has been exiled to the hutch.

This little guy, however charming he looks, is quite the menace to his fellow quail in Quaildom.

His rival male, Cotton, has become quite scruffy looking.
And all of the girls grew quite tired of his rowdiness. So, off to the hutch he went. He can still see and hear his friends. at least, so he isn't completely alone.



Other than animals, art is one of my passions. I have been really busy, and i haven't posted on this blog much. Painting has been one of the things keeping me busy.

Here are some of my most recent watercolors.


So many eggs!

Can a hen lay more than one egg a day?

It is commonly known that a bird cannot lay more than 1 egg in 24 hours. But can that rule be bent?

The reason i ask, is because i have found lots of eggs lately. More than it would seem possible for a tiny little bird to lay.
 I collected this many eggs in 2 days...

Some of them are quite obviously larger than the others, and have double yolks.
This one was somewhat oddly shaped.

 These little white birds always surprise me with what they lay!

So it's a curious question. Are they in fact laying more than one egg, per bird, per day. Or is it just my sloppy counting.

Either way, i'm not complaining! :)