Thursday, 23 November 2006

Diolchgarwch Hapus!

Firstly I would like to begin by wishing everybody a happy Thanksgiving -- the holiday is actually today, but as it's not a holiday here in the UK and people have to work today, we will be having our Thanksgiving on Saturday. I have however already started cooking for it -- Aunt Ferne's famous Jell-o mold!

In other news, we are having some problems with Big Boy, the cockerel. For the last couple of weeks he is the last one to leave the house in the morning and the first one in at night. When he does come out, he stays near the house and spends most of his time sitting down. His feet/toes are sort of bent:

Compare this to a healthy hen's feet:

It is like he is trying to avoid putting the ball/heel of his foot on the ground. Anybody have any ideas? Bumblefoot? Scaly leg? He is not showing any interest in the hens despite the fact that we gave him a new hen (the first chick) yesterday...

And, the news that you've all been waiting for: I have started on the waterglass eggs!

The surface of the waterglass has now gone completely opaque and has a jelly-like consistency:

When I stuck a spoon into it, I found that underneath it was still milky and gooey, but not quite as solid:

I took out three eggs. Unfortunately, there's no way of using the oldest eggs first, as they are at the bottom, so I estimate that these eggs are about two months old.

I washed the waterglass off, and tested each one for freshness, and they all passed with flying colours!

I made scrambled eggs, and they tasted like scrambled eggs to me. I ate them about two hours ago, and am still feeling fine, so I think this experiment has worked. I will, of course, continue to test for freshness as I work my way towards the older eggs, but if anybody out there was thinking of trying this, and was waiting to see what happened with my eggs, go for it! If you are in the UK and looking for a source for waterglass, I recommend Potclays Ltd. They are the cheapest supplier I could find and are also very friendly and helpful.

I will leave you with this photo I took the morning of some evidence a visitor left behind -- this is the sand covering the carrots!


Spinner Gal said...

Is it possible that your roo has something that got stuck into the ball of his foot and he developed an infection? I had that happen to one of mine and he hobbled around with his toes kind of curled up.

Very interesting experiment with your waterglass. That is something I will have to look into.

Jessica at Bwlchyrhyd said...

It's possible although at the moment I'm leaning towards scaly leg -- see today's blog for more photos...

In case I'm wrong, how did you heal your cockerel's foot?

cyndy said...


The experiment was a success!!!

And your knitting looks fabulous!
And you have been busy in the greehouse as well!

Hope you had a very happy the looks of it, I'd say it was a yummy one