Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Incubating Eggs

Sorry I have not blogged in a while.  We just started school, last week. We are schooling a friend too.


brooder 2

day old chicks



We have incubating 20 eggs, 6 have hatch so far. I got to watch two eggs hatch, it was amazing to watch them break a hole in the egg and then slowly break out.  We would let them dry off a bit in the incubator, and then we would moved them to the brooder.  Then we would show them how to drink.
It was so amazing to see a egg transform into a chick.
here is a video of a chick hatching
last few eggs
So good by for now and remember Jesus loves you
for our incubator: foam cooler, shop light, 15 watt bulb,and a piece of glass.  
for our brooder: large plastic bin, wood chips, feed,and water.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Book Review : It Couldn’t Just Happen

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Jacob’s Opinion (5th grader):

I think it is a good book. I liked that they look at the beginning of the World from a Christian point of view. They offer explanations for the “big bang” that support a Biblical view. I though this book was very easy to read, took about five to ten minutes to read  each chapter.

After reading the first chapter I am really excited about reading it for school. I thought the “Just for Fun” suggestions were pretty cool. I really liked the pictures that were in each chapter. I am glad there are books we can use for school that teach from a Christian view point.

I liked how they explained how evolution is proven with evidence with micro evolution, and how there was no support for macro evolution : gradual changes from environmental changes versus an animal changing into another animal.  This books make these things easy to understand.

Mom’s Opinion:

I really like this book! I initially scanned it, since we will be using it for a school book in our homeschool this year. At the end of each chapter there is a “Just for Fun” section that offers some practical ways to see or test what you just read. These are as simple as standing outside, holding a dime an arm’s length away and guessing how many stars the dime covers (ans. 15 million). I love that I could do these with my kids or with friends who are over. This book has suggestions that are very practical applications to help them grasp some complex concepts.

This would be a great family book, for those trying to equip their children to trust the truths of a Christian World view. If offers a great deal of evidence for all areas to include : creation, the universe, living things, and humankind. The pictures are captivating and draw the reader in. It Couldn’t Just Happen would be a great reference book also for a family looking for evidence and support for a Biblical Worldview to help their children as they navigate science taught from an evolutionary perspective. After each subject addressed it points back to “What does the Bible say..”

Before getting this book to review a friend told me her girls read it years ago for school and were reluctant to part with it because they enjoyed it so much. I am quite sure that this book will reside somewhere my boys can reach it easily in the future because it is such a beautifully illustrated, fun book to read over and over.

Disclaimer : This book was offered at no cost to our family, in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Monday, April 25, 2011

4H Rifle

In my 4-h group I do rifle.

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This is at the county rifle competition, we were getting targets

april 2011 rifle eggs 009 This is my friend Brendan (on my rifle team) and me

I shoot a 22. I think I am one of the youngest shooters. I am not a major marksman but I do okay. I shot in the competition. I did not score high, if  you were wondering, but I had fun and that’s all that matters.  Maybe, I will do better next year.

In rifle we shoot a cartridge of 40. our targets look like this

rifle target

The two in the center we shoot 5 rounds in too and one round into each one on the  outside. it is important to:

1.shoot AFTER a breath 

2.squeeze trigger correctly

3.take your time

4.wear ear and eye protection


Monday, April 18, 2011

garden wildlife & produce

A few months ago we started our garden. We have beets, lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, beans, potatoes, and berry bushes. We put our potatoes in sulfur to keep the gophers away. We have lady bugs everywhere. We also have a ton of butterflies. Monarchs, painted ladies, tiger swallowtails, and a lot more .


sugar snap peas

butterfly on branch 2

(these pictures were taken by  my mom)


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

all about: guinea fowl

I looked up guineas. They came from Africa on the Guinea coast into Europe in the late 15th century.  They are a family of insect and seed eating, ground nesting birds. They are suppose to lose their feathers on their head. Some kinds are pretty ugly. Some are pretty cool.

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(our 3 turkeys and the guinea behind them)

My favorite one is the crested guinea fowl. (we do not have one of these)

crested guinea fowl

They are native to Africa and are large birds measuring  40-71cm in length and they weigh 700 to 1600g. They are used to control ticks sometimes. If you wanted to eat them (after you cook them) they will look like a chicken and their taste is suppose to be in between turkey and chicken.

bye and remember JESUS LOVES YOU


Monday, March 28, 2011

Bird Update


every morning at 7:00  I  let the birds out (chickens etc.) it is hard work we have 4 coops, 50 chickens   = hard work .
we have guineas and turkeys, we have 4 guineas, and 3 turkeys. a guinea got away last night. we found it this morning after school.
we have 2 white turkeys, 1 bronze.   we have 2 boys ,1 girl. the boys fight over the girl. to do this  they puff up and chase each other off.
it will be fun to see what they taste like

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

winter weather : no snow day

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This morning I woke up to rain, again at 6:30 but this time I WAS THE LAST ONE UP. I had to let the dogs out to go to the bathroom this morning and I noticed that the dogs (Lucy, Polly) went to the bathroom a lot faster today ( I wonder why).

and then  we (me and pj) went to feed and water the chickens (not fun). when we were coming back it started hailing.

frosty deck jb

we are about to start school we have already done math, handwriting,

oh yeah I almost forgot we are starting a water buffalo fund-raiser (any thing helps). it costs $ 465 so we have our work cut out for us.  So far we have $34.



Monday, January 31, 2011

friends & thanks

this morning I woke up at 6:45 and that is late for me.

today, I am thankful for.

12.  friends.

13. 4-H group

14. my bb gun

15. my God, that thinks I am important enough to send his only son to DIE FOR ME!!!

16.  my mom and dad

17.  lots of trees to climb

18.  the great out doors

19.  a great dad – when he plays tag with us, or shoots the bbgun with us

20.  chickens

21.  a mom that schools me

yesterday we went to the parkers house. and they had chickens. it was cool to watch them scratch the ground. They were like little feathered leaf blowers. There were  holes of dirt  all over the place. the rooster was cool. he was warning the hens that we were coming. it was like a little chicken shaped alarm clock


Monday, January 24, 2011

Starting my Journal

this morning I started thinking about what I am thankful for

this is what I came up with


My brothers and sister.

A house on 7 1/2 acres.

12 pets.

A pond.


a school building.

a good church.

a place to go fishing for catfish.

clothes to wear.

food to eat. 

a warm house .



Saturday, January 22, 2011

the country

I woke up this morning at 6:15 and the moon was still up. It was full and shining clearly.  It was right above the pecan tree outside my window.  It was so pretty. God is awesome. It is cool to see just a little of how cool God is. The sunrise is so pretty. It looks like somebody just mixed up a bunch of colors and spilled the can out.


Friday, January 21, 2011


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My name is Jacob. I moved to the country about four months ago. It is so much fun out here. We have 2 dogs,3 cats,7 hens, about 50 catfish in our pond, all kinds of birds, lots of fire ants, centipedes, a cougar, bobcats, and coyotes.  It is awesome out here. It is very pretty out here. 

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chicken by jacob 

shasta by tree with background

God loves you.