Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If I had a million dollars I would put half of it in a bank. The other half I would put it in land and property. I would take just ten thousand of it for a hobby.

Monday, September 13, 2010


My dad found a Snapping Turtle this morning in the street. The scientific name for this turtle is Chelydra Serpentine. It belongs to the Snapping Turtle family with only one other member the Alligator Snapping Turtle. Young snapping turtles eat snails, leeches, water plants, small plants, and insects. Adult turtles eat frogs, fish, small turtles, newts, tad poles, toads, crayfish, snakes, small mammals, and small birds such as water fowl. Snapping turtles are very very strong. They have bear like claws and a dinosaur like tail. Snapping turtles can weigh up to fifty pounds and live up to fifty years. Snappers are very good hunters and seem to never stop being hungry. Snapping turtles have very strong legs which makes them great swimmers but they do not do much swimming. Snappers prefer muddy bottoms of ponds driftwood and tons of water plants. When bothered a snapping turtle will try to bite the intruder. They are able to reach two thirds behind its back.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our Chickens And Cats

We have about ten Rhode Island red hens, one Ameraucana rooster and three cats. We have four chicken houses. We only use one chicken house currently. My brother and I rotate daily on feeding our animals. We feed and water the chickens and cats in the mornings ,and check their water again in the evenings because of the Texas heat. We feed the chickens Home Grown brand hen layer and the cats just regular cat food. We give the chickens all our food scraps. My brother and I have to clean the chicken coops out about once a month and put fresh hay in their egg laying boxes. Our chickens produce brown eggs and we sell them for two dollars a dozen. Even though their egg lay greatly depends on the weather if it is too warm or too cold they do not lay as well. My brother sells most of the eggs at church. He also cleans most of them. My dad buys clear egg cartons from Mcmurrey egg hatchery.

We own three cats who stay outside and take care of mice and snakes. But the cats come at a price always being in the way. We used to have more chickens but we have had horrible problems with coyotes, dogs, and foxes. Our chickens teach us character by obligating us to wake up early to feed water and collect their eggs each morning.