What to do while waiting

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Knittycat, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Waiting for my eggs to ship on Feb 14.

    Run incubator to see if it holds temp
    Run incubator to see if it holds humidity
    Futz with the water trays
    Figure out ways to improve the turning trays
    Consider varnishing the box
    Dismiss varnishing the box
    Consider replacing the wooden lid with plexiglass
    Call hardware store for prices
    Decide it's too expensive for now and drop the idea
    Imagine what the box would look like steam punk'd out
    Search 'net for claw foot feet
    Find the perfect claw foot feet, discover they are 50 dollars a pop
    Consider just gluing a few gears to it and calling it 'steam punk'
    Spend days and days on BYC reading silly threads
    Double check with teacher to make sure she's ready to hatch
    Run incubator again, just cuz
    Argue with spouse about the necessity of running the incubator for days on end with no eggs in it
    Unplug incubator
    Count days until the eggs ship
    Run incubator again
    Sit and watch the temperature as the light bulbs flick on and off
    Hear spouse arrive home from work
    Unplug incubator
    Wonder if the piece of plexiglass in the scrap pile will work
    Try to bleach yellowed plexiglass
    Lightly sand plexiglass
    End up with opaque plexiglass
    Chase chickens back into back yard because you left the gate open when you were fetching plexiglass
    Consider cleaning out coop
    Rain clouds on the horizen, procrastinate cleaning out coop
    Troll through the hatching eggs section of BYC
    Count days until eggs ship, hasn't changed yet
    Fetch eggs from coop in rain
    Discover a blue egg, give EE chicken a reprieve on her appointment with freezer camp
    Post a silly thread on BYC about what you are doing while you are waiting for your eggs to ship

    What do you do when you are waiting for eggs??
     
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  2. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Refresh page over and over to see if anybody has posted something silly about what they do while waiting for their eggs to ship

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  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hit F5 a few more times over the next few hours
    Watch a Sherlock Holmes movie recommended by a friend
    Finish move, wander around aimlessly pacing in front of the incubator
    Drool over the final Wheel of Time book on Amazon
    Turn on the incubator
    Argue again with spouse, explaining that you need to see the effect of the lower humidity on the wooden lid
    Turn off incubator
    Make dinner
    Eat dinner, next to the incubator
    Stare thoughtfully at the incubator
    Debate the best method of raising the humidity in the incubator while still keeping good airflow and correct temperature with spouse
    Fill water trays
    Turn on incubator
    Do dishes
    Look on in dismay at the correct humidity, but too high temperature and condencation on the window
    Remove vent plugs
    Look on in dismay at the correct temperature and clear glass, but too low humidity
    Log on to BYC again and refresh the page a few more times
    Wander over to incubator to see if it's magically fixed it's self in the past 20 minutes
    Ponder the possible necessity of drilling a few more, much smaller vent holes
    Decide it's too late to do so tonight
    Realize it's dark and you need to lock up the chickens
    Retrieve chicken from the coop roof.
    Chase chicken around the yard with a stick
    Herd chicken into coop
    Latch door
    Check incubator again, just to be absolutely certain it hasn't fixed it's self yet
    Unplug incubator
    Count days until eggs ship (Still two weeks)
    Ponder purchasing more eggs
    Debate wisdom of purchase with spouse
    Decide spouse just doesn't understand your need for more chickens
    Check bank account
    Decide against ordering more eggs in favor of being able to pay the power bill
    Apply for job at fast food joint (I wish I were kidding)
    Make omelette
    Refresh page a couple of more times
    Go to bed
    Lie awake pondering potential improvements to incubator

    It's like a disease!
     
  4. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crack a beer
    Annoy spouse with questions (Where's that little saw of yours? Do you think I should use PVC? Why can't I keep the temp up when I bump the humidity?)
    Post more dumb things about what you do while waiting for your eggs to ship

    c'mon, surely other people are a tad obsessive when waiting for their eggs!
     
  5. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find creative mixed drinks to make with what I have in the house. (Everclear and leftover sparkling grape juice from New Years? Sure!)

    Dig through video game case for game that will keep me busy.

    Curse video game makers for not making egg incubation simulation games.

    Settle on Harvest Moon.

    Get mad because the sound the chickens on Harvest Moon make is obviously a turkey gobble.

    Turn off games.

    Consider writing game company to complain about gobbling chicken sound bite.

    Get halfway through e-mail and start wondering if maybe chickens in China actually gobble.

    Spend next hour researching native Chinese Chickens.

    Somehow end up on eBay looking at Chinese Chicken hatching eggs.

    Resist buying funky Chinese chicken hatching eggs.

    Stare at wall.

    Hear humidity pump turn on, get excited for no logical reason.

    Run out of Everclear, make chocolate milk with Amaretto.
     
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    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear, maybe it's the beer talking (I'm a light weight) but you got me laughing so hard I cried! eBay indeed!
     
  7. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know, in my area I am well known as "The Crazy Chicken Lady" but I think these people just need to meet more chicken people. We are all crazy!

    I forgot one:

    Go into every section of BYC and find threads with no responses, then answer the questions posed with extreme time and detail, even if it is a dumb question that could be answered with two seconds on Google.

    Then drink something else weird that shouldn't be logically mixed together. (Apple pie moonshine and milk? Who needs a liver?)
     
  8. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did take one of my girls to the liquor store with me once, so I feel ya on the "crazy chicken lady" thing


    Ponder making margaritas
    Decide to finish beer instead
    Remember that one of the girls got out of the yard today, and you're not sure if she made it back in when you locked up
    Run out in panic
    Discover naughty chicken all tucked up nice in the coop
    Wonder why you're planning on hatching out more of these freaking birds
    Plug in incubator...
     
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    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahahaha! I am really enjoying reading that other people do these crazy things while waiting. I am trading a Silver Seabright breeding pair tomorrow for 18 Imported English Buff Orpington eggs and I am going nuts waiting. I am hoping the mixed drinks put me to sleep or I won't sleep.

    I always end up piling all the Pygmy goats into the car when I go to the liquor store. I really enjoy people's reactions at red lights when goat heads pop out the cracked windows and bleat at them.
     
  10. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have managed to convince the Mr that having Appenzeller Spitzhoubens (or however the heck you spell it) is a good idea. They're Austrian chickens(shush you, *I* know they're not Austrian), and he's an Austrian Baron...
    Muahahahahaha It's all in the presentation!
     
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