My first thought was dirt also
I found strips for $30 for a hundred. More than I'd like to spend, but I just want to be able to get going and it's not too horrible. Thankfully we're able to afford it now....four months ago, would have been a different story! Waiting for that tax return and to talk to a Realeator....I'm getting impatient!
Finally decided on a name for my Keeper rooster. We've been naming the roosters after old action heroes or action-type TV characters. I was looking at this bird the other day. He's kind of scrawny, and I'm still not sure I particularly like him a whole lot, but I like his blue barred color and he should be pure for the blue egg gene, so I'm going to at least keep him through the summer and hatch off some chicks from him. He probably won't live through next winter, but that's okay. So, with my somewhat mixed feelings towards this bird, he still needed a name besides Keeper.
Well, there's an action actor I have mixed/bad feelings toward . Tom Cruise. I was always pretty indifferent toward him, I liked some of his movies but he wasn't a huge draw for me. Until he decided he could play Jack Reacher. That just upset me to no end, this little whippy runty dark haired megalomaniac messing with my huge, blonde, huge, muscular, huge Reacher.
So the rooster's name is now Tom.