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Training Log Archive: barb

In the 7 days ending Feb 16, 2009:

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  Orienteering4 5:20:28
  Hiking2 5:00:00
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Monday Feb 16, 2009 #


Today's topic is chickens!

I have become seduced by the idea of getting an eglu, and 2 chickens.

I vaguely remembered Cristina thinking she could have chickens in her back yard so I asked her about it, when are you getting your chickens? Soon! she said. I think it's all the rage. So for all of you readers I have some more information.
Here is what my (rural French Canadian now living in Concord) friend Louise says about chickens. She knows; she has a dozen or so:

Each breed is good at something. Here is what I have. Many of these are heirloom breeds and will survive in the winter without heat in the barn given that there are enough of them. I have mostly layers, no meat breeds.

2 Barred Rocks, 1 White rock, 2 Laces: good layers, they also lay in the winter, not great pets, sexing is relatively accurate

1 White Leghorn: very flighty, great layer per pound of food eaten, will not make good pets.

2 Australops: Good winter layers, sexing is accurate but not fool proof, they make good pets.

4 Araconas: Great pets, intelligent, great winter layers, lay green eggs rooster large to keep predators at bay, sexing is inaccurate so I have 2 roosters

1 The Black star: Sexing is fool proof (the rooster are brown and the hen black so you have 100% chance of getting a hen), intelligent but not great pets, one of the best layer

2 Speckled Sussex: Average layers, a mixed breed, decent pet

Buff Orphington (got eaten by hawks last year) can be good pets but they are more of a mixed breed (meet and eggs) and not great winter layers in my hands.

1 Campine: My favorite, she loves me, hates roosters, only lays when she is outside (will not lay in captivity), great tick catcher, sexing inaccurate

1 English game: One of the most beautiful breed, flies away and confuses halks when they attack, the rooster is aggressive and attacks my kids.

2 Bantam Cochins: The are setters (have feathers on their feet and will sit on eggs), make great mothers, fabulous pets (one is carried everywhere in my 5 year old arms), good layers of small eggs, sexing is inaccurate.

1 with feathers on head: very gentle rooster, hens are decent layers of mid size white eggs, not good pet

1 giant white: Not a good pet, not sure how well she lays, flighty

2 Buff rocks: average layer in the winter, not great pets but wise and can be pesky. They come to the front porch and sneak inside the house when the door opens and will not get out unless given food. Will follow us around if they run out of water or food, otherwise, they don?t care about us.

Hiking 4:20:00 [1]

Climbed Wasson (?) Peak in the West Saguaro Natl Park. Sweet, gentle trail.

Sunday Feb 15, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:17:50 [3]

Butterfly courses set by Leif Lundquist at Ironwood outside of Tucson AZ. Felt pretty slow. No caffeine this morning (unlike yesterday), and perhaps tired from the unusual physical activity (i.e., any at all) from yesterday. Still, no big problems.

Orienteering 30:38 [4]

Well, I psyched my own self out and had a huge error (9-10 min) going to #2. It happened right after a discussion with Ludwig who was looking for the glasses he'd dropped. I thought about staying and helping him look but he urged me on. Other than that, I went faster than I usually do. Fortunately the lost time didn't change my standings any as I wouldn't have beaten Cristina even without the nav error, and the next female finisher was still slower than me. After I found 2 and finally started off to 3, I was telling myself the rest of the race was about how I did on the individual legs, and in fact, I did come in first on 3 legs! Wahoo!


Some photos from Tucson.

Often this do-your-taxes establishment has a guy out front cross-dressed as the statue of liberty complete with the crown, waving and smiling. If PG ever needs to increase business, here's an idea.

Saturday Feb 14, 2009 #

Event: TSN Ironwood

Orienteering 1:07:00 [4]

I was all proud of this time for approx 6 km. I am out of shape so I couldn't go very fast, but I was very careful and spot on with the compass, so there were no bobbles. Everyone else seemed to have some trouble. It helped to have calibrated to the terrain for the past couple of days. I don't think hanging a few controls helped in terms of knowing the courses; I didn't recognize anything I traveled over. It's tricky terrain because it's so subtle, and there are a lot of small washes that might be on the map but might not - and it's very very prickery, cacti and other thorns everywhere. But it's fairly open, and the ground is dry but soft, and you can pick landmarks (often saguaros) from a distance while you're following a bearing.

Orienteering 40:00 [1]

Control pickup. Talked to a guy on a bike and invited him to tomorrow's events; he might come.

I seem to be mostly over the cold! Here's my recipe for recovering from a rhinovirus: take a lot of echinacea, drink a lot of fluids, sleep as much as possible, and go orienteering near Tucson.


The kids made it safely to Erie yesterday. The air crash in Buffalo on Thursday was spooky, because sometimes they fly to Buffalo in a commuter jet from Boston.

I have been enjoying Peg Davis' hospitality. Her brother is also staying with her, from Michigan I think.

At the meet today there were maybe 40-45 people. 3 from NEOC, at least 2 from BAOC, I think 3 from San Diego, some from Phoenix, 1 from Michigan (not Peg's brother, but rather Mike Minium). Small but geographically diverse. We're apparently expecting more people tomorrow for the butterfly courses and the sprints. If I can beat Cristina in the sprints, then my sprint points will rock. That might require some serious psyching out because she'd have to make some major errors since she can run about twice as fast as I can. I'll have to start my campaign at our valentine's dinner tonight. Not sure how I'll do it yet. First thing to do is to have her run too hard in the morning course so she's tired.

Friday Feb 13, 2009 #

Orienteering 45:00 [1]

Hanging controls

Hiking 40:00 [1]

Set off in the Tucson Mts but was feeling tired and sleepy, so I pulled off the trail and laid down and took a cat nap and then walked back to the car. Was thinking that with this cold I should probably pay attention to the signals saying to rest.

Thursday Feb 12, 2009 #


Have a cold. :-(
Flying to Tucson today. Kids fly to PA tomorrow.

Orienteering 1:00:00 [1]

Hanging controls for the Tucson meet. Saw a coyote and a rabbit and a guy in a pickup truck.

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