I finished the rowing challenge today with a 10k row. Putting me at 51k for February. Quite pleased as that as twice the distance of my previous longest row, and it was under the 50 minutes that I was aiming for.
Saturday team WOD with Neal and the Grubbiest Grub, who put together the workout. As usually this meant that it was longer and tougher than we all expected!
The good thing about it is the distance takes me up to 37.7k on the row 50k in Feb energy challenge. Which means I can knock that out at the start of next week, have a couple of days of not rowing and then finish with the 10k on Friday.
It is my fourth aniversary of starting Crossfit!
Still haven’t got a pull up though each year I get closer. The list of things I never thought I would be able to do gets longer. It has been a very weird year for training, with the pandemic and the injury I started 2020 off with, I have not been in the box for more than a dozen times. Haven’t stopped training, and we have got a reasonably well equipped garage gym now so Neal and I can carry on training.
The biggest thing I have learnt, is just how essential exercise is to my mental health. Though sometimes it is challenging. For a long time box jumps, triggered my PTSD, I couldn’t even watch other people doing them.
To celebrate (ha!) we had a first go at a workout we hadn’t tried before and happened to be on the programming we are currently following. The WOD was Tabata This! an exciting grouping of bodyweight movements and some calorie rows. It was tough. I went so hard on the cal row, one of my lungs tried to escape. Definitely a tough workout, definitely one to be repeated in the future.
We have taken advantage of the weather today and mostly been outside. Everyone is tired now. The grubs, the puppy, and even the chickens who got to have a practice at being proper free rangers. They are now all lying on the floor of their coop looking worn out.
Harry is definitely trying to go broody. I caught her in the nest box half a dozen times today. Once pecking at an RIR and once sitting on two other RIR’s while they tried to lay. She then went and stood by the run of the kids fluffing her feathers up and trying to beck peck them (the brahmas got a bit scared and stayed in the coop – must take some pictures of these guys the boy brahma is so gangly and they are so lovely) the older kids just pecked back at her till she flounced off on disgust at the youth of today. 100 flowers potted up into tubs, platers and baskets. Shallots, beetroot, chinese raddish, more salad, globe raddish, chantaney carrots, and purple dwarf beans in. Chelsea buns made and devoured, and i’ve put my name on the waiting list for an allotment.
The quail start turning two weeks old tomorrow. I am astonished just how quickly they grow and feather. They have doubled in size have all their wing feathers in and some are up to 80% feathered already.
Whilst I knew they had three weeks brooding, instead of six. Reach POL and table weight at 6-8 weeks, I am really surprised at how fast they change (everytime I top up their water).
Started with 71 eggs.
34 hatched (four with assistance)
1 chick died after hatching
6 culled (two splay, four with non functioning feet and legs – assisted hatch)
3 bad eggs
4 dead in shell
29 eggs still in incubator when it was switched off. With chickens i would crack and check all of these eggs. I am not going to with the quail just because there are so many of them.
Warning some of the following photos are of the chicks that didn’t quite make it. Judging by the assisted hatchings my guess is that these also had problems.
I don’t usually assist with a hatch as it is a very risky business and you can do a lot more harm than good. Also if a chick can’t get itself out of its egg then the chances of it being a healthy thriving bird are very low indeed.
Two of the quail chicks have splay legs. One is really bad with legs almost at right angles, the other is bad but not quite as bad, though the second chick also has a hole in his abdomen where his yoke sac is protruding. Which does not bode well.
With chicken chicks you brace the splay legged chicks with vet wrap and with a few sessions of helping them get back on their feet and find their balance, working to build up their leg muscles they are usually okay. I have now discovered this does not work for quail. Both chicks where braced, both chicks went down hill fairly quickly after bracing and both had to be culled.
leaving them with splay leg isn’t really an option as it gets worse the longer they are left. In future I now know the kindest (though hardest) thing to do will be to cull straight away.
There seems to be some debate about this on the internet. I have read posts where people claimed to feed their quail chicken food, cat food, budgie food, millet, Game bird starter, and quail food.
The chap i bought my hatching eggs from says turkey starter which is higher in protein than chicken feed, is ideal for quail especially if you want them to grow well. However the layers pellets i buy for my hens is 16% and the only turkey starter i could find didn’t say. I rang another chap with an extensive quail information website, who makes and sells his own quail food though he had never heard of quail needing more protein than hens and that his quail food had 13% protein.
I found several manufactures that sold a game bird starter (between 25%-28%) but none that did mail order or had stockists closer than a five hour drive, the only one i could get was medicated which is not something i want in a feed.
Eventually i found a feed manufacturer who not only makes quail starter crumbs, but a quail layer pellet as well. Only problem with the starter is that it is only available by the tonne. Which might be a bit much for a backyard flock keeper. Eventually i found an online supplier of the quail layers pellets, so i have a back of that, a giant tub of mealworms (to up the protein a little) and some chicken treats (they sell all kinds of different chicken feeds too).
Now to decided what to hatch next. More quail or more chickens.
Friday I had a quail incubation panic. When do I top up the tanks and turn the turner off? There seems to be some disagreement, depending on the type of quail as to when they should hatch. I decided to go with day 14.
While making the changes to the incubator I noticed that two of the eggs had pipped. Saturday we had one chick, Sunday we woke up to loads, mostly brown and stripy, a couple of golden.
13 were removed last night to the brooder.
This morning we awoke to a load more, though one of the golden chicks didn’t make it through the night. I have just moved another 15 to the brooder, leaving two goldens in the incubator to dry off. I pulled out an weeping bad egg, and one where the chick had died after popping its beak forever poking through the shell. There are still eggs pipping, and hatching.
Count so far 71 eggs, 1 infertile, 1 dead in shell, 1 dead, 29 quail chicks.