Tragedies of the chickens

In Science yesterday, we dissected a chicken leg to find out how muscles work. Then I thought, why don’t I write a post about my chickens?” So here it is…

My chickens, otherwise known as Talon, Fluffball and Redwing, are three orange chickens. Redwing and Fluffball were bought quite recently, and Talon is an oldie. But there is a story about why she’s older than the other two…. Here comes a story of tragedy, murder, and love (not really).

Our chickens: Talon, Fluffball and Redwing

Two years ago, my parents bought some chickens. I called them Shadow, Talon and Fireball.

Our old chickens: tragedies struck twice

We would get eggs practically every morning and I would make scrambled eggs for breakfast. We had several incidents involving rats stealing chicken food, broody chickens and chicken escapades. However, these are minor compared to the tale of tragedy you’re about to hear. (Shakespeare, keep note, you might want to write it as a play.) Later, something utterly devastating happened. Shadow died. OO Georgy (my pet lizard, a blue tongued skink) was on the case. Here is Georgy’s report on the incident: Continue reading “Tragedies of the chickens”

OK, who’s being illegal?

When we went to the Singapore Science Centre a few weeks ago, we went to a section about animal protection. In the first cage I saw a beautiful leopard gecko, but SHOCK-HORROR!!!!!!!! The sign explained it was illegal to keep them in Singapore. I was baffled.

Warning

I told mum that in England you can keep leopard geckos at home as they are treated as pets. The proof: My friend keeps one in his room. I bet that blue tongued skinks like Georgy are also banned in Singapore. I’ve kept Georgy for about 2 years and we look after her very well. She is about 80 cm long and has gone through two vivariums. I feed her frozen mice called fluffies, locusts, banana, salad (What!? She needs her 5 a day!) grapes and fresh scrambled eggs — the eggs from our hens. She also likes snails but we haven’t found any from the garden to feed her. We feed Georgy once every 2-3 days, but sometimes she eats when she feels like it.

The leopard gecko is hidden at the back on the left

Mum said that the reason they’re banned in Singapore is because there’s not enough room in a little flat where most people in Singapore live. Also the temperature is not suitable.

I was playing with Joe’s leopard gecko 3 years ago!

Well, England is colder than Singapore and I manage to keep a blue tongued skink in a heated vivarium, which I turn on the heat to 28 or 30 degrees in the morning and turn it down at night to 18. Georgy’s species lives in tropical and desert areas in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Yet, she lives happily in our home, which is colder than the places where her species live.

Hello!

However, in the same area there was a pig nosed turtle and the sign read that you’re not allowed to keep them as pets either. I agree on that because pig nosed turtles are endangered and more exotic.

You shouldn’t keep pig nose turtle as pet

So, what do you think? Have you got any exotic pets at home? How are they kept?

Reader appreciation award

Snailquake from Scotland has nominated my blog for an award. Thanks! My mum bought me an extra Skylander toy because she was impressed! (Read my About page; I’m obsessed with Skylanders!)

Snailquake‘s blog is just the kind of thing I like. It’s about animals and you will also know that I like animals. (Again, the magic About page of mine). Her blog has the kind of zaniness that I like, such as using words not normally used in the topic being written about, like Mexican chili in a post about ants! Here is the article!

My pet Georgy!

The pets I have are a blue tongued skink called Georgy (I’ve wrote about 3 posts involving her), and … fascinating fact number 1, I have three chickens in the garden. They’re called Talon, Fluffball and Redwing. Originally there were Talon, Shadow and Fireball. Unfortunately Shadow got killed (Don’t know what killed her; Oo, the mystery..). So that left two. Then, in the middle of our holiday, we got news (via dad) that Fireball had been BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED… BOO HOO HOO! In truth, our neighbour’s dog got in our garden and “played” with her by putting her in his mouth. She died of shock so dad got two new chickens, which look identical to each other.

Our new chickens: Fluffball (right) and Redwing
All was well before the killings! The only surviving one is the orange one (Talon)

Here are the other fascinating facts about me (Not in order of importance):

  • I reallllllllllllllllllllllllly like cheese. In fact, before I wrote this sentence, I had pancakes with cheese! My favourite cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano, the cheese that you use to coat your spaghetti bolognese.
  •  I also like history. My favourite king is Richard the II (1366-1399). I like him because he was crowned at only 10 years old. I wrote a series of comics about him when he was 10 years old and what he did, including banning peas. (It’s not a historical fact).
  • I like Shakespeare. I’ve just bought 9 books in Singapore, including Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest. I’ve finished Macbeth and I am reading King Lear. The record for the longest Shakespeare soliloquy that I know of is the speech that Canterbury says in Henry V, act 1 scene 2. It’s 62 lines long! Imagine having to recall that! I DARE you to find a longer speech in Shakespeare!
I bought these Shakespeare books in Singapore!
  • I like watching animal programs. I have found a new love on the National Geograhic channel called Wild Case Files. It investigates strange animal cases that science hasn’t come across. It has other things like the moving rocks of Death Valley

And now I really can’t think of anything else…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement- How to clean your lizard’s cage

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

I’m going in!

Yesterday dad and I cleaned out Georgy’s cage. Mum was able to take this fleeting AND movement picture of Georgy coming into her newly designed home.

Cleaning a lizard’s cage takes time. This is how we do it:

  1. Move your lizard into a box, big enough for her to move about in. Make sure she can breathe!
  2. Move EVERYTHING out from their cage and move ALL the old substrate out.
  3. Put your specific substrate that the pet shop guy recommended in a bucket. Use the amount said guy recommended.
  4. Pour two 1.5 litre bottle’s worth of water into the bucket and wait 45 minutes for the substrate to dissolve. (This might be a good time to watch telly!)
  5. Use your (or a neighbour’s) trowel to move the substrate into the cage all over  the bottom of it. Flatten it out with said trowel
  6. Pour some chips (no, not the potato chips, wood chips!) over the substrate. Use trowel again to flatten wood chips.
  7. Put EVERYTHING back into the cage. Make sure you supply a fresh amount of water for the lizard’s water bowl. Now you can put your lizard back into the cage.
  8. For extra fun, put everything back differently for your lizard to explore all over again!
Georgy

Georgy, one of a kind

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My Gravatar is of a lizard. She’s a lizard in our lounge who goes by the name Georgy.

We used to have a milk snake called Fang. One day, she escaped from her cage and was never seen again. After a few weeks, we scoured the internet and considered another snake, bearded dragons, axolotls and frogs. Eventually we settled on a blue tongued skink.

My first thought when I saw her was “Whoa, she’s big!” And she was. She would eat anything (well, almost anything), that was in her cage. For the information about blue tongued skinks, click here.

My mum doesn’t like the scratching noise that Georgy makes (and the smell). The first day we had her, she escaped! This was because there were holes in the back of the cage. After that episode, my dad covered up the holes.