Camping Weekend

This was our first camping trip this year, the weather is cool during the day and cold at night.

My dad didn’t particular care for this lot since it sits on the hill, but Easter weekend was packed and we’re fortunate to get any spot at all. I told him it’s a good exercise, not sure if he bought it.

It’s early AM and most campers were still asleep.

It bugs me to see people taking picture of flowers, and the focus was on the dirt background.  I can assure you this is not my intention at all, I shot this with a wide angle lens and this is the best I could do.

This is much better.

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I have been wanting to try long exposure shot of the water falls and never had the opportunity. It’s odd how I’m seeing this spot differently, I must have walked past this water falls at least 20 times in the past years, but never thought to shoot long exposure shot here until now. I’m glad I did, the cascades of the water falls look so much calmer and nicer.

I didn’t have my tripod with me, and used the bridge railing instead.  I think it did a good job.

Our meal was simple, I made spicy papaya salad (Tum Mak Houng) and my sister made grilled chicken.

We did lots of walking and hiking.

You either love camping or hate camping, but I think Lee hasn’t decide.

As for me it’s the life, it’s definitely a happy trail.

Incubator Chicks Update

The chicks are over 2 weeks old now, and last Sunday Bo delivered them to his mom. The photos below were taken at 2 day old, only 25 of the 41 eggs hatched survived. The bathroom/tub is not an ideal place to hatch and raise them, I have noticed that I had gotten sick the last few times during the first week after they hatched. It must be bad ventilating, plus allergy season this time. I had a bad case of bronchitis. I would love for us to have a little barn/lab to hatch them, something to consider down the road.

Taken at 4 day old.

Taken at 10 day old

These below were taken last Sunday at 2 week old right before they went home. I thought we would keep them longer but they started flying out of the tub, it’s really a sight to see.

This little rooster started to fight back, it must be a born instinct.

This was their transport cage, they didn’t mind going in there at all.

We finally have our bathroom back for now, not sure when we will hatch the next batch.

New Spring Chicks

Bo’s mom gave him 41 eggs about 3 weeks ago to hatch since the last batch of incubator hatching chicks in September of last year was a success. Our bathroom became a place where we place the incubator.

The temperature has to be a consistency of around 100 Fahrenheit, the eggs started hatching so Bo added water to add moisture for the hatching environment.

The first egg hatched on Sunday, it still amazes me to witness the chick kicking and coming out of its shell.

Bo hand rotated the eggs.

The second chick looks healthy.

Bo uses a red bulb heating lamp this time, and heat lamp works great for giving a warm and necessary environment to baby chicks.  They will be living in the cardboard box/bath tub for 4 weeks before we could transport them to Bo’s mom chicken farm.

So far 25 of the 41 eggs hatched.  There are a few more that will hatch, and some are not fertile eggs so they won’t hatch at all.

Even though their moms are not here, but I think it’s comforting to see many baby chicks around.

At this stage they pretty much just eat, poop and sleep.