Originally Posted by Sphinx
Then, the year before, I told the kids we were having cake for dinner.
It was a meatloaf cake. I used instant mashed potatoes for the frosting.
Then we had "meatloaf" for dessert- it was brownies made in a loaf pan.
Yeah, I think you'd have to have an actual dessert as a back up (like your brownies) or there could be a riot ... at least at my house.
I may try this one of these days. Why wait until next year? This is a good practical joke at any time. Of course, I'd make a little gravy to go over the "cake." So the menu would read: Frosted Layer Cake with Brown Gravy.
Originally Posted by gryeyes
Originally Posted by Spangled
I'm wondering if some things should just remain a mystery until they hatch and at that point I can call them miracles.
On a happier note ... wait for it ... I'm trying to end on a happy note but I can't think of one... oh, here ... I went to the feed store and managed to not buy any little chickies. That surprised me and I'm hoping that I may be finally graduating from chicken math to chicken calculus, skipping chicken algebra altogether. Definition of chicken calculus: a branch of chicken mathematics focused on limits, etc.
I do not like setting myself up for disappointment more than once - it's so much better being thrilled with ANY miracle (although one does hope for more than just one chick to hatch; nonetheless, any hatched chick is a miracle to me!
The highest mathematics course I ever completed in school was geometry. I nearly flunked algebra. I just don't understand "variables." Geometry, however, was waaaay coool. I can SEE the shapes and fold and unfold tesseracts in my mind's eye. I know calculating them uses variables, but being able to conceive the shapes and where things fit allowed me to pass the course with a high B. My Algebra teacher gave me a C- out of charity for algebra and then the following year was rather surprised at how well I did in geometry. (Uhhh... small school system, and actually, he and his family lived next door to us.)
I must mention this was more than 40 years ago.
You survived all these years with only a C- for Charity in algebra? I rarely use my algebra, but it does help in formulating chicken feed recipes. Seriously, I think there needs to be a whole lot more practical math studied.
Originally Posted by ronott1
What am I going to do with these chicks
This is my most recent hatch- 7 FBC Marans:
Aw, c'mon, you know what to do. Love 'em. And then spend many brain cells and lotsa time trying to figure out which one is laying the darkest egg. Yes, that is what I'm doing. I've got it narrowed down to two hens. I'm trying to figure out which one is not laying a consistently colored egg. Her eggs will be normal colored and be evenly colored, and then ... Zowie, Bang, Wham ... she will lay a light egg with huge freckles or else one that has tiny freckles on half of the egg.
Originally Posted by Pinx
Ok, so today is hatch day for me. I don't have 1 single pip. Is that normal? I did however hear one of the chicks screaming at me from the egg when I walked in the door from chores. I thought it had hatched it was so loud, but I was wrong. So I pulled up my chair by the incubator and I heard a very quiet peep, and I haven't heard anything else. Any calming words for a first time hatcher?? lol
I wish I could give you calming words, but I don't like it when that happens because mine usually pip on day 20. I had only two pips early on day 21 in a recent hatch and I figured out that my new and perfect $40 thermometer was reading about 1/2 a degree low even though it had been perfect for the last hatch. I turned up the temp the tiniest little bit and within 8 -12 hours things started going. But I was able to sit right there for those 12 hours and make sure that I didn't get the temp turned up too high by accident and monitored it straight thru the whole day.
I am not recommending this. Not at all. I haven't a clue what is going on at your end.
Hopefully, someone else has already supplied you with calming words of experience.