Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Three for Breakfast, Please
Recently we have discussed building a hen house - not only for the eggs, but for bug control. Every few years we have an influx of grasshoppers and we haven't had that plague for a few years, so I fear we are due. During the last episode (at least 5 years ago) I purchased a dozen Guinea keets and carefully fed and cared for them for several months in a cage before I risked turning them loose in the yard. The first couple days of freedom went well, but on the 3rd day, 12 Guineas went out and 11 Guineas returned. And so it progressed for a couple weeks until all had disappeared. We suspect an owl (Great Horned) was the culprit. Guineas are notoriously stupid, although they are demons on grasshoppers. So now the consideration is game chickens (smarter birds) that we'll enclose in a hen house every evening.
Year ago when the kids were little, we had chickens, but Santa brought us a yellow Labrador puppy one year and we could not convince him that the chickens were not his personal play toys. So we have not had them since (to Mike's relief - he wasn't particularly fond of them). Now he has agreed to build me a coop - so it's been added to list of a million other honey-dos.
These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.