Chicks, Man

Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says ‘Chicken of the Sea.’  -Jessica Simpson

With that bit of celebrity insanity out of the way, some good chicken news: Virgil has 9 chicks! Check them out, if you can see them—they spend most of their time under mom staying warm, but when they come out, they are little black puffs of cuteness (and the noise they make—outrageous!).

Luckily, Brody is there to watch over them. He is so sweet…

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NoTORIously Stupid, Chicken Edition

My dog can beat up Paris Hilton’s dog. -Tori Spelling

Tori, you may be right. But what about your CHICKEN!!!!!

Tori Spelling has purchased a chicken names Coco who she sleeps with, eats with, carries around like a tiny dog….. And now, she has hit the red carpet with Coco. There are no words.

To my 2 faithful blog readers, you may remember “pee-oop”. Chickens and other poultry do not pee and poop separately, They pee-oop. And you can’t potty train a chicken—its brain is the size of a pea, or something. So Tori PUTS A DIAPER ON HER CHICKEN and takes it out and about. There is a video somewhere of her diapering her chicken, but I can’t get it to play—here are some screen shots.

And if you are interested, you can get chicken diapers on ebay, mypetchicken.com and the appropriately title http://chickendiapers.com/. TIME magazine has covered this y’all. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1914991-1,00.html

And thanks my petchicken.com: Free shipping on the TWENTY EIGHT DOLLAR diapers! AWESOME! Now we don’t need to raise the debt ceiling. We can just diaper our poultry and let them sleep inside.

The Mayan may be right. 2012. The end of the world may come when chicken diapering goes mainstream and the rest of the world loses all respect for us. What a world! PEEOOP!!! Almost as bad as GOOP!!!!

From MyPetchicken.com:

Our totally revamped diaper comes with everything you need to keep your chicken indoors. It’s easy to position and secure, durable and user-friendly. The pouch is lined for extra security against spills. Included with each order are simple instructions as well as one, easily removable, heavy-duty vinyl liner that velcroes into place. Adjustable design, plus five sizes to choose from, means it’ll perfectly fit the size of your bird. Shipping is included!

Great For:

  • Injured hens that need to recuperate indoors.
  • Show birds that need to be separated from the flock in the months before before the show.
  • Beloved family pets who you couldn’t dream of putting outside.

*Each order is custom made, so please allow up to two weeks for delivery.  Typically, diapers ship via USPS within 3 business days.

Extra Small – For the smallest bantams  **VERY SMALL BANTAMS**

Small – For bantams 2 to 3.5 pounds

Medium – For birds 3.5 to 5.5 pounds. Examples: Ameraucana, Andalusian, Campine, Dominique, Hamburg, Leghorn, Old English Game, Phoenix, Polish, Sultan.

Large – For birds 5.5 to 7.5 pounds. Examples: Australorp, Barnevelder, Buckeye, Chantecler, Delaware, Favorelle, Marans, Naked Neck, New Hampshire, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, Sussex, Welsummer.

Extra Large – For birds over 7.5 pounds. Examples: Brahma, Cochin, Cornish, Jersey Giant, Orpington, Wyandotte.

Black/White Floral and Pink Chicks fabric has changed.  Diapers that have been made with the new similar fabrics may be substituted.

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Gardening Fashion (or, Gwyneth, you ignorant slut)

Spring is springing and it’s the perfect time to start planting herbs and veggies for the summer. I got a great how-to lesson from my friend José who is an expert in the garden. Below you will find tons of fun ideas on how to plant a spring garden of your own, even in a New York City apartment!

Love,
gp

As you may know, Gwyneth Paltrow has a blog called GOOP (GOOP??~!?!?!?!???). She just came out with her gardening newsletter–you can find it here. And you can find what I only assume is a fake email from her gardener “friend” Jose here. It may be fake, but it is funny.

I want 19 Sunset to be the anti-GOOP (GOOP?!?!?!?!?). I want to counter any feeling out there, proliferated by GOOP (GOOP???!?!?) and gardening magazines and Hollywood and perhaps even your lovely grandma that gardening is anything less than a contact sport.

If you are a real gardener, you are not wearing a cute tank top, and jeans (or capris! or a skirt!), and dainty gloves, and carrying around a jaunty little basket full of your harvest, and wearing a wide brimmed hat, and bright red lipstick, and trust me, your hair does NOT look good. You look kind of like this (and this was at the BEGINNING of the day):

You are dirty, And you are tired. And you are wet. And a little itchy. Your back hurts. Your feet hurt. You have dirt under your nails that will not come out for days. And you are very, very happy. But you don’t look good, and your husbands asks you to take a shower. Please.

I just googled “Gwyneth gardening”. Not one picture. It came up with a photo of Jose! Oh dear! Google has pictures of everything and anything that can exist, in earth or in our imagination–I googled “unctious rutebega begs forgiveness” and got a picture (granted not of what I was looking for but…)

But not one pic of Gwyneth in the garden. That says something.

I’ll give a pass to one lady–our First Lady. She looks good gardening. Go Michelle!

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I Love Spring

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
–  Emma Goldman

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Gardening for Alcoholics

When all is ready, assemble your guests on the porch or in the garden where the aroma of the juleps will rise heavenward and make the birds sing. Propose a worthy toast, raise the goblets to your lips, bury your nose in the mint, inhale a deep breath of it’s fragrance and sip the nectar of the gods.
– Lt. Gen. S.B. Buckner Jr, in a letter to a fellow General on his preparation of the Mint Julep, 1937

To have a good summer, you must grow mint. Not just for mint juleps and mojitos, but also for lemonades and teas (which can be mixed with your favorite liquor to make a proper drink).

Mint is very invasive, and will take over whatever vessel you put it in, so I recommend container gardening for mint (mine, above, sit on the front porch for easy access all summer).

I repeat: mint is essentially a weed–contain, contain, contain.  And then enjoy. As the old general said:  Being overcome with thirst, I can write no further.

But I can cut and past: Enjoy 60+ cocktail recipes that require mint!

901-derful (Cocktail)
901 Silver Tequila, Lime, Mint Leaves, Orange Juice, Partida Agave Nectar, Raspberries
Absolut Mang-ito (Cocktail)
Absolut Pears Vodka, Ginger Syrup, Iced Tea, Mango, Mint Leaves, Pineapple Juice
Agua Luca Smash (Cocktail)
Agua Luca Cachaca, Lemon, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Sugar Cube
Asti Au Naturel (Cocktail)
Brown Sugar, Cinzano Asti, Mint Leaves
Bacardi Dragon Berry Mojito (Cocktail)
Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Club Soda, Lime, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Strawberries
Bayou Slime (Cocktail)
Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Egg White, Mint Leaves, Syrup
Brandy Julep (Cocktail)
Brandy, Mint Leaves, Powdered Sugar
Brandy Smash #2 (Cocktail)
Brandy, Mint Leaves, Seltzer Water, Sugar
Buffalo Fiesta (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Ginger Ale, Mango Liqueur, Mango Nectar, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Buffalo Julep (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Buffalo Julep Cocktail (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Club Soda, Green Creme de Menthe, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Sugar
Canton Ginger Mojito (Cocktail)
Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Mint Leaves, Soda, White Rum
Cielo Blue Lagoon (Cocktail)
Blue Curacao, Champagne, El Diamante del Cielo Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Cielo Tequila Mojito (Cocktail)
Cointreau, El Diamante del Cielo Blanco Tequila, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Soda Water
Cinzano Mint (Cocktail)
Brown Sugar, Cinzano Asti, Honey, Lime, Mint Leaves
Cool Collins (Non-Alcoholic)
Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves, Sparkling Water, Superfine Sugar
Dazzling Beach (Cocktail)
Green Creme de Menthe, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Soda Water, Tanqueray Gin
El Fulo (Cocktail)
Dry Gin, Gin, Honey Syrup, Lemon, Mint Leaves
Frozen Mint Daiquiri (Cocktail)
Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Sugar, White Rum
Georgia Mint Julep (Cocktail)
Brandy, Mint Leaves, Peach Brandy, Powdered Sugar, Water
Gin Genie (Cocktail)
Gomme Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves, Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin
Gingerbread Mojito (Cocktail)
Dark Rum, Lime, Mint Leaves, Monin Gingerbread Syrup, Soda
Grand Marnier Smash (Cocktail)
Grand Marnier, Lemon, Mint Leaves
Hendrick’s Strawberry Jive (Cocktail)
Basil, Hendrick’s Gin, Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves, Orange Juice, Simple Syrup, Strawberries
Hennessy Miami (Cocktail)
Hennessy Cognac VS, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Hornijo (Cocktail)
Club Soda, Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Lime, Mint Leaves, Sugar
HPNOTIQ Mojito (HPNO-Hito) (Cocktail)
Club Soda, Hpnotiq, Mint Leaves, White Rum
Irish Julep (Cocktail)
Averna Bitters – Amaro, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Mint, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Water
Jocose Julep (Cocktail)
Bourbon Whiskey, Carbonated Water, Green Creme de Menthe, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Sugar
Joie de VeeV (Cocktail)
Ginger Ale, Lime, Mint Leaves, VeeV Acai Spirit
Loft Lavender Mint Julep (Cocktail)
Agave Nectar, Bourbon Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Loft Lavender Liqueur, Mint Leaves
Lucid Mint Muse (Cocktail)
Lime, Lucid Absinthe Superieure, Mint Leaves, Pineapple Juice, Sprite
Major Bailey #1 (Cocktail)
Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Plymouth Gin, Sugar Syrup
Meh-jito (Cocktail)
Club Soda, Ginger, Lime Juice, Mekhong Thai Spirit, Mint Leaves, Sugar
Mexican Mojito (Cocktail)
Club Soda, Lemon, Lime, Mint Leaves, Partida Agave Nectar, Partida Blanco Tequila
Midnight In Sicily (Cocktail)
Averna Bitters – Amaro, Mint Leaves, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Tanqueray Gin
Mint Julep #1 (Cocktail)
Angostura Bitters, Bourbon Whiskey, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Mint Russki or Spearmint Ivan (Cocktail)
Mint Leaves, Vodka
Mojito #1 (Cocktail)
Lime, Mint Leaves, Soda Water, Sugar, White Rum
Mojito #3 (Cocktail)
Angostura Bitters, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Sugar, Tonic Water, White Rum
Mojito Italiano (Cocktail)
Averna Bitters – Amaro, Ginger Ale, Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Mojito Parisien (Cocktail)
Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, White Rum
Paint Can Our Way (Punch)
7-Up, Limeade, Mint Leaves, Vodka
PAMA – Jama (Cocktail)
Ginger Ale, Lemon Juice, Mint, Mint Leaves, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
Passionate Buffalo (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Passion Fruit Juice, Passion Fruit Liqueur, Simple Syrup
Pepper Delicious (Cocktail)
Aviation Gin, Fee Brothers Simple Bar Syrup, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Red Pepper
Primo Trace Smash (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Lemon, Maraschino Liqueur, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Queens Park Swizzle (Cocktail)
Dark Rum, Lime, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Sweet and Sour Mix
Roaring Lion Mojito (Cocktail)
Light Rum, Lime, Mint Leaves, Roaring Lion Energy Drink
Sapphire Raspberry Mint (Cocktail)
Bombay Sapphire Gin, Club Soda, Lemon, Mint Leaves, Raspberries, Simple Syrup
Southern Style Mint Julep (Cocktail)
Makers Mark Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Sugar, Water
Superfruit Mojito – TY KU (Cocktail)
Bacardi White Rum, Lemon, Lime, Mint Leaves, Pineapple Juice, Sprite, TY KU Premuim Liqueur
Sweet Tail (Cocktail)
Bulldog Gin, Creme de Cassis, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Vanilla Bean
The Global Warmer (Cocktail)
Basil Hayden Bourbon, DeKuyper Luscious Tropical Mango Liqueur, DeKuyper Triple Sec, Mint Leaves, Sour Mix
The Perfect Mint Julep (Cocktail)
Granulated Sugar, Makers Mark Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Powdered Sugar, Water
The Voodoo Priestess (Cocktail)
Absolut New Orleans, DeKuyper Anisette Liqueur, Mango, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Tigress Martini (Martini)
Hpnotiq, Mint Leaves, Orange Liqueur, Tequila
Tom Bulleit’s Mint Julep (Cocktail)
Bulleit Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
Trace Element (Cocktail)
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Passion Fruit Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Syrup
VeeV-ito (Cocktail)
Club Soda, Mint Leaves, VeeV Acai Spirit
Winter Highball (Cocktail)
Apple Cider, Green Chartreuse, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, VeeV Acai Spirit
Yurba Buena (Cocktail)
4 Copas Organic Agave Nectar, 4 Copas Reposado, Club Soda, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves
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Compost Bin #1–In Pictures

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.  -FDR

Doug spent the last couple weeks prepping the gardens with his brand new rototiller. He took all the compost out of one of our bins for the upper garden, leaving the bin empty and ready for a fun blog experiment. I’m going to take pictures (almost) every time I put something new in the bin, so we can all see the magic of composting and track the progress of turning kitchen scraps into something else altogether.

We’ve got some good stuff in there so far:

First Contribution: Lobsta and some kitchen scraps

Then, some chicken poop mixed with pine shavings from the coop. I did not take picture of this. Use your imagination.

Then, Grass clippings–hot stuff

Then, more kitchen scraps:

The bin is about 20% full. I still need to get more heat. and I probably need a recipe for broccoli stems, but don’t judge a woman’s compost. As Ani DiFranco said, “I am the queen of my own compost heap, and I am getting used to the smell”.

(Note to Annie–compost bins properly cared for should never smell. But I digress…and I judge! Dear me.)

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Meet the Cluckers

“You don’t have to thank me, Liz Lemon. We’re a team now. Like Batman and Robin. Like chicken, and a chicken container.”  -Tracy Jordan

When Doug and I bought 19 Sunset, we were looking forward to finding different ways to live off the land. I would garden. Doug would hunt and fish.

And we would raise chickens. (RIP Goofy-on right)

We bought out first chickens back in the spring on 2009, from Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton. Doug made a coop for them, and they immediately started laying the best eggs we’d ever tasted.

We’ve had a lot of challenges since that first batch of 6 hens–of whom only one survives today. We wanted to go the free range route, but there are other things that range freely in our yard–including racoons, fisher cats, coyotes, neighborhood dogs, and hawks, all of who have killed a chicken or two. Our neighbors have chickens too, so we pooled resources and now have the girls in a poultry Guantanamo, as one of my friends called it.

It keeps all animals out–including Brody, who definitely wants chicken blood along with his grain free bison-venison dry food mix (Yes, our dog eats bison. Yes, he is better than your dog. Yes, we are THAT kid of dog people.)

We now have 3 Rhode Island Reds (the big red/brown ones), 1 Plymouth Rock Barred (black and white), 1 Cornish (big, brown and black feathers), 1 Sussex (we call her Speckles (big, brown with white speckles), 2 bantam buff orpingtons  (small yellow orange girls), 2 bantam old english game hens (tiny girls with gold on their necks into brown feathers), and one bantam cochin (not pictured–more on that in a second).

 

Work it, own it.

 

We have one more chicken to discuss. This spring, we got a very unwelcome surprise. It ends up a silkie I bought at the Topsfield Fair Chicken Auction last fall was not a girl…but a boy. He started out cute and nice and is now hideous and loud.  If anyone is interested in a tiny, frustrated cock, let me know. I’ve got two one.

He, eh hem, fertilized a bunch of eggs (I kept wondering why the silkie was jumping on top on the other chickens and pulling on their combs and screaming. I evidently have a lot to learn about biology).

Our neighbors decided to have the sweet little cochin (named Virgil) sit on a few and see if they would hatch, which is why I don’t have a picture of her right now. She has been very broody since we got her, so this is her dream–she just wanted to be a Mom, and the eggs started to hatch around Mother’s Day–awwww. They are up to 9 chicks. Pictures soon!

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