Chickens pt2

A few weeks ago my family and I got baby chickens and they have changed quite a bit since then and I feel like I should update you guys on their status. When we first got the chickens they were very small, fuzzy, and scared of everything. Now that we have had them for a while they have become acclimated to their new home and we have been handling them quite often so they aren’t as scared as they used to be. These once little and cute chickens are starting to put on some serious mass and develop thick feathers, they truly get bigger and bigger every day you see them.

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The past two weeks we have been letting the chicks out into our yard to free roam and become comfortable in the outside world. My dad had to buy a gate to block the chicks from coming onto the patio and pooping everywhere.

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When it gets hot the chicks like to sleep on oddly shaded places. A few of the larger once have found out tree planters an ideal napping area, but for the ones who can’t jump up there, they settle for under the bushes . One problem you might have are hawks! We have been seeing hawks swooping down on the poor things and stalking them from the telephone wires. The chicks do their best to stay out of plain sight now that they have had their lives threatened.

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The more and more the chicks grow up the more individualized they become, the thicker feathers have much more color and grow differently on all of the chicks. I highly recommend getting chicks to raise, they are a lot of fun and you get eggs too.

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Decorating Doughnuts

My sister was recently performing in the Music of The night Play at my high school. My family was asked to bring some type of snack to contribute to the food stand. My mom thought a great thing to do was decorate doughnuts with weird and interesting toppings like cereal and candy.

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We had to make an improvised adhesive/glaze to stick the toppings to which was made of liquified powdered sugar. when My other sister and I started it was very difficult the get the toppings to stick and they were just running off the sides of the doughnuts and making a complete sticky mess! We soon figured out that we needed to thicken out the consistency of the improvised glaze, and once we did we had a much easier time. We certainly had a lot of fun with the experimental combinations of sprinkles, candy, and cereal. We ended up with so many different combinations from simple sprinkles to very detailed ones with multiple sections. photo1 (4)

As cool as these doughnuts my look, the process of it was very messy, and surprisingly difficult. Dealing with so many small sprinkles, proved to be difficult when pouring them onto plates and into bowls and was almost impossible to do without at least 30 of them flying off onto the floor and any other place that you will run into later. Even just applying the toppings was hard enough, half of the time they wouldn’t stick to the doughnut and you would have to re-sprinkle toppings onto the bald spots on them. The lucky charms cereal topping was by far the biggest pain because none of the individual pieces of cereal would stay on when trying to dip the doughnut into them. So, we ended up having to place every piece of the lucky charms onto the doughnuts one by one which took lots of precision and patience, in order for a decent outcome that would be sellable.

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In the end the experience proved to be very well worth it, and is something i’d highly recommend as a fun and creative family project. I feel that it truly brought me closer to my sister and id imaging for her as well and the project gave me a feeling of satisfaction for completing such a surprisingly challenging feat. Knowing that they sold out very quickly at the food stand only contributes to that great feeling! 🙂