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I swear we've turned the corner. Well, technically, I know that 12 days of xmas comes from the fact that the days and nights remain pretty much the same for that period of time. Sunset has already turned around, sunrise is holding steady for about another week. Must just feel like it because the weather has been clear and pleasant since it rained a few days ago. One minute a day. I'll take that.

Full moon last night, or very close to it. Dragged the weatherdude out on my 5 mile walk. We spotted a car and walked the pass. We walked from almost Leesburg back to my favorite parking spot at Rt 704. The sun set as we went. We finished in the dark and the moon was on our backs as we walked west, casting huge shadows in front of us as we came down out of Clark's Gap. The temperature started in the 50's at 4:30 and dropped to below 40 by the end. We could see our breath in the moonlight. Neither of us had worn a heavier coat. I had forgotten my gloves and felt hat, let alone my down vest. On the entire walk we encountered only one runner, an idiot running the bridle trail in the dark. At least on the asphalt he wouldn't have turned an ankle on a stone. We had the world to ourselves. A sharp-edged sunset and Venus in view. Trees looming over us in the dark. I know that section so well I could note each half-mile marker we passed in the dark, though the last was the toughest to point out.

The girls have dropped production to around 10 eggs a day. I hung the chicken calendar in the coop and took a photo. That's as close to a rooster as these girls are going to get. Walkabout continues to fly out. Yesterday I watched her perch on the fencing for about a minute before dropping down. G was here to do work and he put her back in as soon as she got out, several times. We've become more jaded about the process. Ho-Hum. She's out again. Oh? Well, let her be for an hour or two. See if she gets back in herself. (no)

Meanwhile, work progresses on the story I eviscerated two days ago.

Frog Out



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Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you've considered clipping Walkabout's wings? If she's getting out over the fence, I mean.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Considered it, yes. The books say it consists of clipping only one wing, which hardly seems fair. They do use their wings to get down from their roost...sort of a dive for the hatch which frequently ends in a collision with the wall or overshooting the entrance and landing outside.

And there's the predator side of things. We're hesitant to limit her ability to avoid them in some way. They're around.

A higher fence for the temporary run probably makes the most sense. When leaving for extended periods of time we shut them in the higher-fenced permanent run. I suspect she can fly that too, but she hasn't figured it out yet.

In the meantime, it's cheap entertainment. It had us puzzled for weeks trying to figure out how she did it.

Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yay work progress!

Gorgeous moon this morning.
Jan. 4th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Hey, like, wow! That is SUCH a coincidence! You can see the moon in Iowa too? That is soooo cool! (yes, I'm kidding)

Full moons on the horizon...I live for sights like that.

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