Sunday, December 11, 2011

Travel in Tiberius



In preparation for our upcoming African Adventure, we are looking at pictures of travel from days gone by. Today we have a picture from Tiberius in 1895. It looks like a man on one donkey, and then the remainder of his family in a clever carrier on a second donkey. Hopefully our travels will be more comfortable.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

It has been some time since we had a Domestic Update. Today, I feel that I should bring you up to date on recent developments in Chickie Town. As you know, the entire concept behind Chickie Town was simply to have a domestically produced source of food to ensure that Mrs. PJM could have her morning omelet no matter what unpleasantness might happen in the world. Chickie Town was created to be a productive enterprise at least covering its costs, if not generating some reasonable profit.

Well, I was leaving for work yesterday, and as I was driving down the street towards town I happened to look back and see a strange glow coming from Chickie Town. Fearing something was amiss, I went back to check it out. What I found was that Mrs. PJM had installed aproximately 2.37 BazillionWatts of state-of-the-art infrared emitting thermal heat lamps in the chicken coup. A back of the envelope calculation indicated that the lights probably cost around $123 per night to leave on. Realizing that was not the time to talk about it, I went on to work. Then when I got home I brought the issue up with Mrs. PJM. She was adamant that the lights were to keep her girls warm, and the lights would be staying on throughout the remainder of the winter.

I should point out at this time that the "girls" stopped laying eggs about a month ago, and we have not gotten a single egg out of Chickie Town in the last month. I got tired of arguing with her, so I simply went out and turned the lamps off. Well, I come in and am working on the computer, and notice the lights in town dim for a few seconds . . . yes, Mrs. PJM had gone out and turned her heaters back on.

So, I confronted her again, and after some discussion about the overall lack of productivity of Chickie Town, I suggested that perhaps since the chickies had stopped laying eggs we should consider some hearty chicken soup for the winter. At this she got mad and just said, "You knew when you bought them I would make pets out of them. They are my girls and the light stays on."

So, we have a barnyard full of Useless Eaters, and I do not even want to think what it is going to cost to keep those lights on all winter. I am considering taking drastic action and cutting all power out to Chickie Town. What do you think?


19 comments:

  1. Have you seen the movie 'Chicken Run'? (you should if you haven't). I think you should make pies (chicken pies!). Watch out for the rooster, though. :-)

    Happy holidays, and I hope you have a wonderful trip!

    Graham in St. John's

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  2. Well, the answer would be to paint the window red or orange and it would look like the lights were on. Then the chickies would get back to laying eggs.
    You could install a timer that would turn off all or at least some of the lights after she went to bed.

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  3. It is 26 above and still no snow

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  4. Who is going to take care of Chickie Town while you are gone?

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  5. Umm; I don't thonk it would be a "Happy New Year" for you if you fight her on this. Besides maybe the lights will get them laying again.

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  6. In a confined area, a few very low wattage bulbs, maybe 25W, would keep the hens warm enough. Try putting out a thermometer and checking this. They make a thermometer that will record the lowest and the highest temperatures in the past 24 hours.

    Mrs. PJM could to into the hen house dressed for the ski slopes and sit for awhile to see how warm she feels. Chicken feather make very good insulation, the Lord planned it that way.

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  7. I agree with Rebecca. Also - Can you sleep with the lights on? We all need our nights to be dark. But, it's all easy to say - we are not the ones arguing. Good luck!

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  8. Remarkable photograph. And not all that different than ones that, in some ways, remain so common in much of the non Westernized world.

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  9. I believe home produced eggs work out to about $12 per dozen

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  10. May I join you for a chicken dinner soon?


    There is an old saying,"Produce or get fried." (Or was it fired?)

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  11. There is a saying, "when momma's happy, everybody is happy, when momma's not happy, NOBODY is happy"

    I think if you turn out the lights in Chickie Town, you will discover a whole lot of new permutations of "unhappy". You could even get frostbite on your African trip. Not wise to go against the Queen of the Manor on this one, Mr. PJM.

    Hey DADD, only a 5 letter word verification on this one.

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  12. KennyD
    You lucky pup.
    But have it as luck goes, this one is just a 5 leter one also

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  13. I don't know how cold it gets in Christoval, but probably not as cold as in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, where we kept chickens in an unheated barn. They never froze to death and kept laying eggs all winter. Over heating the chickens is actually bad for their health, making them more prone to respiratory ailments.
    If they aren't laying eggs, that may be more of a function of their breed than anything else.

    Have fun in Africa!

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  14. The second Tiberius donkey looks like it's way overloaded, what with the splayed rear legs, and fortunately it was a mule.

    As for the Chickie Town issue, gotta agree with KennyD on this one. A disagreement and digging in the heals against something Mrs. PJM is adamant about wanting could lead to a long, cold, lonely winter.

    Safe travels, Mr. PJM! Enjoy your adventure, it should be awesome.

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  15. Enjoy the travels to Africa to see Miss EAM! I'd like to defer to KennyD's saying "When Momma is happy, everyone is happy. When Momma isn't happy, NOBODY is happy!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  16. entatoACE hardware sells really nice space heaters with thermostats that will protect her pet birds. I would venture into the fray one more time to try to sell this approach to the Mrs by telling her these smaller heaters only consume 1 bazillion watts, so they should save the family farm and the feathered children when you two go to Africa.

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  17. There's an old story about motivating laying hens, a freezer, and one frozen store-bought ready-to-cook whole chicken.

    I can't recall the entire tale but it ends with the non-laying hen asking 'do you mind if I ask what it was SHE did wrong?'

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  18. We get fairly cold here in Massachusetts and we do not heat our coop. Actually it may pose more health risks for them. The trick to egg production is the amount of light per day, roughly 12- 14 hours. Red heat lamps do not produce the color spectrum needed. White lights on timers work well. Really enjoy your site.

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  19. We get fairly cold here in Massachusetts and we do not heat our coop. Actually it may pose more health risks for them. The trick to egg production is the amount of light per day, roughly 12- 14 hours. Red heat lamps do not produce the color spectrum needed. White lights on timers work well. Really enjoy your site.

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