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Chickens’ feet and music for pigs

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Something happened today which was very funny and I thought I’d share it with you. A couple of the chickens have got mites in their feet. These mites burrow underneath the scales and cause great discomfort. The easiest way I’ve found to get rid of them is to soak the hens’ feet in vegetable oil. The oil coats their feet and suffocates the mites. It is also soothing for the chickens as the mites cause their feet to become dry and scaly. Anyway we had just finished our foot soaking routine when Alana turned to me, pointed to the container of oil and said “Are you going to use that for our dinner?” (She had obviously seen me get it out of the pantry and pour it into a container). The thought of taking the oil, complete with dirt and scales and probably a few dead mites and using it to fry up a batch of chips was so revolting it cracked me up. “No” I said, “I’m going to throw it on the fire pile”. “Oh good” she replied with relieved expression on her face. Wow, I realised that the world must be a really scary place when you’re a child!

As we walked back to the house she stopped at the pigs, who of course came running for a bit of attention. She showed them her little musical toy which plays four short songs with an annoying electronic beat. Well they loved it, they listened transfixed and even started humming and singing along. I had heard pigs like music, so I will have to try and play them some real music. Maybe even experiment and see if they like a particular type more than others. I actually spent last night surfing the net trying to find a re-recording of an album Mum and Dad had when I was a child. It was called Tijuana Brass and it featured this trumpeter called Herb Alpert along with other musicians. The songs were amazing – Spanish Flea, A Taste of Honey, A Walk in the Black Forest . I absolutely loved it and I’m sure they would too. Never the less they certainly loved their first exposure to music, although I’m sure like me, they would get sick of these four songs when they have heard them a thousand times.

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  1. Shona said on 20/09/2011 at 11:32 am

    Please Di, when you play them music next time, film it and post it on fb or youtube so we can see their response!

  2. Bebe Galluzzo said on 23/09/2011 at 5:28 pm

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