Reader Request: Chick Update!

You asked, so here they are, more chicken photos!

Last week we introduced them to their new coop. Around the coop is an enclosed pen, but we have to keep a watchful eye out for hawks while they are in the enclosure. I have already spotted a Cooper’s hawk swooping into our yard trying to get to the chickens (luckily they were in the coop at the time and safe). For this purpose, we bought a fake owl. Yes, an owl. Can’t miss it, it is like they Eye of Sauron! ;) Check this thing out:

They are supposed to deter hawks, as long as I keep moving it around every few days so the hawk doesn’t figure out it isn’t real.

The chickens are loving their new home! At night we cover the coop with a blanket for warmth, though since it is summer here it doesn’t get that cold at night.

When we are outside, we let them free range and they love to eat the bugs in the yard and slurp up blades of grass like spaghetti! I am hoping they eat all the nasty spiders.

Well, I won’t make you wait any longer- here is a gallery of the chickens, they are getting BIG though they still chirp like babies ;) Click on the first thumbnail to view the whole gallery.


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Nice Mite photos

A few nice Mite images I found:

Velvet Mite

Image by Lennart Tange
As soon as you take your time laying in your garden, you start to see more and more small creatures. This mite is scary as well as beautiful with its bright red colour.

Minute mite

Image by mgjefferies
This is a very small part of the robber-fly seen HERE to show the mite on its second abdominal tergite.

This is extracted from the original stacked photo and the field of view is less than 1mm from top to bottom. As can be seen this is at the limit of resolution of the camera sensor, we are running out of pixels! This is approx 400 pixels square.

Photo compiled from a stack of 35 photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac.

Velvet Mite

Image by Grant and Caroline’s pix
A close up of an adult chigger, aka velvet mite or harvest mite.

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Giani Granite Review and #Giveaway

This is a guest post review and giveaway from my friend Amy, from over at The Fibro Frog!! I think this is actually pretty awesome and I can see me doing this in my kitchen on my boring white counter tops.
The Fibro Frog is excited to bring you this review and giveaway compliments of Giani Granite!  I was not paid to provide you with this review and giveaway, but I did receive a free granite paint kit in my own color choice to use and base my review off of.  I chose the Chocolate Brown kit.  Let me tell you, when I received my kit I was sooo super excited to try it, but then I was also sooo scared that I’d mess it up LOL.  I kept procrastinating using it, for fear I’d have a really messed up bathroom sink!  Finally, I forced myself to set a date for the review and giveaway to go live, so that I’d have to use the paint and stop procrastinating LOL.  See, I’m not a “crafty” person, nor am I a “handy” person around the house.  All of my anxiety though, was for nothing!  This kit was so easy and fun to use!  My daughter, Courtney, helped me to sponge on the minerals and even she said “Wow, this is actually fun to do”!
Looking at the kit, I thought that there wasn’t any way in the world that I’d be able to make my plain ole white bathroom vanity top look like the granite looking countertops in the photos.  I’m actually really impressed though!  Here’s a photo of what My bathroom sink looked like before the Giana Granite Paint.  
My daughter and I walked into the bathroom and looked at my clean, nice whit vanity top, then looked at each other and kind of giggled.  We had the can that said Step 1 Primer and shook it up.  When we opened it, we both peered into the can, then looked at each other.  Courtney said “It’s black?”  Yep, it was black.  As we were applying it, we kept giggling and saying how we better not mess it up or we were going to be in big trouble!  Here’s a photo of it after we’d applied the primer:
We had to let that dry for 8 hours.  After the 8 hours it was time to apply the 3 cans of minerals with the sponge.  We had the option of doing all one color and letting it dry, then doing another color and letting it dry, then finally applying the last color or we could just do small areas and apply one color right over top of the other color.  We chose to do the latter.  Courtney hit on one side of the sink, and I grabbed the other.  Here’s what it looked like before we applied the final top coat:
We had to allow this to dry for at least 4 hours before applying the top coat.  Two coats of the topcoat is pretty standard to use, and you can’t do over 3 layers.  We chose to do 2 coats.  I absolutely can’t believe it, but it looks GREAT, it looks like GRANITE, and I did it myself!  If you love the look of granite countertops but you don’t love the price, then the Giani Granite Paint is most definately the way to go!  Here’s a photo of the finished product.  -And I want to apologize to you all that I can’t get a full shot of the sink as in the very first photo.  I sold my backup camera and had to let the kit lens go with it.  Therefore, all I have a big zoom lens to use and my bathroom is pretty tiny.  I couldn’t get a full shot.
On the far corner, I believe you can easily see how shiny the top coat made it.  It truly does look like granite!    Like I’d previously stated, I chose the Chocolate Brown kit to base my review off of.  What is so great about any of these kits though, is that you can totally customize how much of each color you want to show through.  You can even go back and add some more of the black primer to have it show through more.  So someone else may purchase the same Chocolate Brown kit that I have, but there’s may look lighter or darker then mine.  It’s totally up to you how heavy you apply the colors!  I highly recommend the GIANIgranite Kits! 
Now, if you’d like to enter to win a FREE kit of your own, enter on the RaffleCopter form below!  This contest is open to U.S. residents and the prize will be shipped directly to the winner from Giani Granite, once I provide them with the winner’s name, address, phone number, and the color of the kit they’d like to receive!

All entries will be verified so please make sure that you do what’s asked of you, if you hit the “enter” button!

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Searching For A Efficient Water Damage Company Located Near Boca Raton

Body: Mold problems are often very damaging to a property or home. Without the assistance of a reliable water removal Boca Raton fl crew, it could be just about impossible for any prroperty owner to correctly get rid of all of the mold within their home. For this reason it is so significant, in the [...]

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PetArmor Protection Promise Launch Event Highlights

On April 2nd, 2012, PetArmor launched the PetArmor Protection Promise, a program to help shelter pets in need by donating up to 20000 doses of flea and tick treatments. Taking place at the ASPCA’s headquarters in New York City, along with actress and PetArmor spokesperson, Amy Smart and celebrity pet expert, Harrison Forbes, the event was a huge success!

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Looking For A Dependable Miami Locksmith

Having a reliable and trustworthy locksmith’s contact information in your cellphone can be one of the smartest things an individual can do. There is nothing more exacerbating than having to scramble to find a locksmith when you are in a hurry to get somewhere. More often than not people end up settling on the first [...]

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Pet Emergencies That Require a Visit to the Vet

Pet emergencies often require a visit to the vet, especially any serious health problems where diagnostic help is available only from a veterinarian.

Since our four-legged friends are unable to tell us when they are in pain or when something is terribly wrong with them, it’s critical to their health and well-being that we watch out for warning signs that indicate our pet needs to be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, immediately call your veterinarian and explain the problem. Your vet will decide whether your dog’s problem is serious and requires an immediate visit, or whether a later visit can be scheduled at an appropriate time

The following symptoms and signs indicate an emergency condition. You need to contact your veterinarian right away if your dog:

* Has suffered an injury to the eye;
* Has been in a fight with a cat or wild animal like a raccoon (your pet could contract rabies);
* Is bleeding heavily from a cut and you are unable to stop it;
* Has been hit by a moving car or truck (even if there are no visible injuries, your dog could be bleeding internally);
* Has visible puncture wounds to its chest or stomach area;
* Has broken a bone or has had a hard blow to the head;
* Has been bitten by a snake or poisonous spider;
* Has a fever over 105°F (normal is less than 102.5°F);
* Its abdomen appears large, or it continues to try to vomit but nothing comes up;
* Your dog has fallen or jumped from an open window higher than the first story;
* Has chewed an electrical cord and received a shock or burn;
* Has inhaled smoke from a fire and has trouble breathing;
* Has sudden, severe difficulty breathing;
* Is vomiting blood or has uncontrolled vomiting of liquids or food;
* Has bloody diarrhea or black, tarry stool;
* Has continued bleeding from the rectum;
* Suddenly cannot place any weight on one or more of its legs;
* Strains continually but is unable to urinate, or the urine has blood in it;
* Suddenly suffers from extreme lethargy, becomes unconsciousness, or lapses into a coma;
* Has seizures;
* Appears to be in severe or continuous pain;
* Cries while trying to urinate or when touched or picked up;
* Bleeds from the urinary or genital area;
* Has cloudy eyes, squints, or appears to be unable to see.

These are all symptoms indicative of a pet emergency that requires quick action and rational calm thinking on your part. Your faithful companion deserves the best loving care you can give it.

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Ticked Off Trannies protesters Shankboen 2010 NYC

Check out these Tick images:

Ticked Off Trannies protesters Shankboen 2010 NYC

Image by david_shankbone
Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives Shankbone blog post.

(About David Shankbone)

Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis) female, dorsal view

Image by Michael Bok
This deer tick tried to make a meal of me, in a last ditch effort to get fed in time to reproduce.

the tick

Image by The Untrained Eye
Here’s The Tick, I drew him on my new graphics tablet. I seem to be better at copying than drawing my own stuff, perhaps I ought to become a tattooist.

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Put Aside the “Pawlitics” and Stand United for Adopted Pets

I promise you, I did NOT write all of these puns, but I do approve this message! During an election season marked by heated debate, PetSmart Charities wants to set aside the “pawlitics” and bring everyone together to support a common cause: standing united to save homeless pets. Let’s stop fighting like cats and dogs [...] Dog Blog

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Adopting The “Worried Dog” From An Animal Shelter

Adopting The “Worried Dog” From An Animal Shelter


When we adopt a dog from an animal shelter, we are also bringing home a personality that may not suite our household. This personality needs to be worked on and carefully trained. For example, many dog’s come out of an animal shelter as a “worrier”. The worried dog is a pup who frets over every loud noise, every strange-looking object, every unfamiliar person or situation.


Dogs who grow up without loving, reassuring families especially during early puppy-hood – are likely to become worriers, so shelters are full  of overly concerned canines. My first adopted dog – named Sebastian – was was one of these: he spent his first few weeks shrinking in terror from all sorts of things, from ballpoint pens to remote controls to men with beards. He still has doubts about vacuum cleaners and exhaust fans, but he’s learned to keep his anxiety in check, and he no longer fears new objects, experiences or people (even bearded ones).


Sebastian just needed to be exposed to as many new things and people as possible and to learn that they weren’t going to hurt him. If your adopted dog is a worrier, the best thing you can do for her is not to shelter her from the things that frighten her. That doesn’t mean, of course, that you should deliberately scare her, but you should make sure that she’s introduced to new objects, noises and acquaintances every day.


If your dog is uncertain, for instance, about your remote control, let her get used to it slowly; show it to her (just put it down or hold it still in front of her; don’t wave it in her face) and pet her. Say “What a brave girl -  this remote control isn’t scary” or something similarly reassuring, and (as with a submissive dog) demonstrate to her that you are happy and confident in the presence of the remote control, so she can be too. You can do the same thing if she gets anxious about a thunderstorm or a plane flying overheard. But if she runs to you for salvation when she’s scared by something, don’t reward her timidity by cuddling and praising her; just be upbeat and try to take her mind off her fear by playing a game or having a training session.


When you introduce her to new people, follow the same procedure as with a submissive dog: Both you and the new person must make the encounter as casual, non-threatening, and cheerful as possible for your pup. Chatter with her, make eye contact with her, pet her, even have the new person slip her a treat if necessary. She’ll learn that you’re not going to put her in situations that will harm her, and gradually she’ll begin to be a bit less on-edge about life in general.


By the way, lots of people who adopt submissive or shy dogs assume that their pups must have been physically abused in the past, and they respond with pity rather than positive training. More often than not, submission and shyness are the result not of direct abuse but of a lack of early education and socialization. If your dog cringes when you reach out to her, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s been hit; more likely, it simply means she didn’t grow up knowing that a hand moving toward her was something to welcome rather than fear. You can change her mind – but with gentle perseverance, not pity.

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