HOPPY EASTER!

What a beautiful Easter Sunday!  The Burlingame farm wishes you and yours a joyous Easter Sunday.

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Explain this to me again? I’m s’posed to deliver these?

My little red bud tree cooperated nicely on this lovely spring day.

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Buster was unavailable for photos this morning.  He’s resting up from his long night. This is the busiest day of the year for him since he became one of E.B’s assistants.  Mulder, however, got into the action this morning while he and Dave explored the basket of naturally colored Easter eggs.

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Yes, Dave, chickens dyed these eggs! Aren’t chickens great! We used to have some. They were very nice. 😦

Dave & Buster are available all day for photo shoots with kids from age 0-100.  Appointment not necessary.  Parsley appreciated. 🙂

Happy Birthday Mr. Mulder!

My handsome little foster kitten turns one today!

First photo of Mr. M

Some will remember that Mulder was named because he looked like a small alien (Mulder & Skully from X-Files).  The shelter named him and it seemed to fit so it stuck.  His mom, Miss Lori already had seven kittens of her own but she found room for one more when the shelter needed a mom to take care of the little orphan.

Thanks for taking me in mom.

With one extra baby to feed, Miss Lori just didn’t have enough “faucets” for all her babies.  Mulder learned to work really hard to get his turn.

Get in there little guy, you can do it!

Mulder had many admirers in the neighborhood.  Visitors knocked on the door at all hours to see the little rascal.

Hi Mr. Andrew!

Don’t be scared. Mr. Dennis is a gentle giant.

He was so small we had to supplement his diet with a bottle

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Num, num, num…

Eventually, he learned to drink milk from a saucer, although he was very, very messy!

I’m still learning!

We wanted to keep him, but we already had too many pets, so we tried hard to find a home for him with neighbors.

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C’mon, I’m irresistible!

No one could take him so we were prepared to take him back to the shelter to be neutered and get his final shots, and then on to the kitten room to be adopted by a nice family.  Something told me, however, that this kitten belonged with us, and so after he recovered from his “surgery” I brought him home to live with us.

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Don’t ever do that to me AGAIN!

Mulder was a great addition to our family and we’re so happy we kept him.  He’s a funny, crazy, sweet cat who enjoys helping with our foster adventures.

Stick with me kid, I’ll show you the ropes.

So join me in wishing Mr. Mulder a very happy birthday and exit from kitten-hood to adulthood!

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I’m a big boy now!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMulder!

Wavy, Crazy & Lazy

With the addition of our new bunny, we actually now have three “Dave Burlingames” in the family.  Jim’s nephew is a member of a band based in Chicago, Illinois called Cornmeal.  He goes by “Wavy Dave” and plays banjo and lead vocals in this great bluegrass group.  http://www.cornmealinthekitchen.com/

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WAVY DAVE

Then of course we have our little bunny with wild ears who always looks like a broken helicopter…

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CRAZY DAVE

And we can’t forget the very first Dave Burlingame in the family, Jim’s brother.  He visits us often and never travels without tools and firearms so I can usually depend on him for several fix it jobs around the house.

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Hot guys with chicks!

As long as I feed him, he’ll work like a dog and then recoup his energy for the next round of chores.

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LAZY DAVE

Of course, after he sees that I posted this picture, I’ll probably never get another lick of work outta him.  Love you lots Dave!  Come see me soon, and bring your tool belt.  🙂

Dave Meets a Toddler

Our friends and neighbors Bill & Marcie brought their little weeble to my house to meet Dave this week.  Miss Sylvia was a wiggling, back-arching, eye-rubbing adorable handful, and it made me tired just watching these youthful grandparents handle their little bundle of energy.  We tried valiantly to get a heartwarming photo of the happy family with MY little fluffy handful, but we were doubtful that any image would come out OK.  Sylvia was much more interested in deconstructing a PEZ dispenser than she was in a fluffy brown varmint.

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Now how do I rip this head off?

Lo and behold, after they left I found this Norman Rockwell moment had somehow been captured.

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Not too shabby!

My artistic abilities astound even me sometimes! 🙂

Elementary My Dear Wilson

My “peeps” and I were invited to give a chicken talk at Wilson Elementary School last week.  Of course I corralled Tama and Meggie to come help me impart the joys of all things chicken to Mrs. Nelson’s second graders.  They are planning to get some fertilized eggs and have them hatch in an incubator.  And although I have no experience with hatching eggs, we did bring a fun and educational experience to Mrs. Nelson’s, as well as the other second grade classes.  Our first order of business was to “borrow” five little chicks from our local farm supply store.  I’d like to give a shout out to Robert at the Feed Lot in Pike Road.  He allowed me to choose an assortment from his stock to take to the school for a live chick meet and greet.

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We had a Rosie, a Violet, a Daisy and two Scarletts in the batch.

We kept Meggie and the chicks hidden in a secret area while Tama and I set up the chicken yard in the common room.

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Pay no attention to the chicken behind the curtain!

I wore an appropriate uniform for the event as well.

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DeNiro would be proud.

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Mrs. Nelson and the Chickenlady set up the temporary chicken yard complete with hamster fence, newspaper and heat lamp.

While Meggie waited in the “wings” with her little brood of five, I read a chicken story to the class using the overhead thingy and talked about chicken-handling safety.

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Nicest bunch of second graders you’ll ever meet. 🙂

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I brought a carton of eggs from my fridge to show the kids the lovely colors you can get from real farmyard chickens.

After the chicken talk and picture tour of chickens, the classes were assembled in the common room for the live show.

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Miss Tama operated as the official photographer and chicken wrangler, while I answered questions and pretended to be an expert.

The kids took turns holding a little chick in their hands.  I think the most fun they had was when the babies pooped on the newspaper.  Wow that was super funny and exciting!

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Hey chicken lady, how can you tell which ones are boys and which ones are girls?

Umm…You can’t.  🙂

But by far the biggest hit of the day was Miss Meggie in her chicken suit.

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This chick has some serious attitude.

Who knew kids love to hug chickens!

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The pinnacle of the event was when Meggie launched into a chicken dance and the crowd went wild!

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The kids joined in and a good time was had by all. Check out the young Fred Astaire on the right. 🙂

Our day at Wilson Elementary was great for these three chicks as much as it was for the kids.  I think we may have planted some Urban Chicken seeds among these young farmers.  At least I know some of them will encourage their parents to try out their local farmer’s market to get some of those cool colored eggs.

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FCFA – Future Chicken Farmers of America

We were happy to return the babies to Robert, exhausted but unharmed.

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Operation Chicken Education complete!

I want to sincerely thank Tama and Meggie for their help.  I’d like to report that they lended their aid out of the simple goodness of their hearts and the desire to spread the good news about humane chicken practices, but, alas, I cannot.  The price for their efforts was a good lunch at a fine dining establishment.

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I can assure you the bill was not “chicken feed”!

And these chicks can EAT!  Worth every penny ladies.  Much obliged!

Chicken Check-in

Tama & I recently took a trip to Tuskegee to visit three old girlfriends.  Tama and Dennis were my excellent chicken baby sitters when Rosie, Daisy & Violet lived in my back yard a couple of years ago.  Tama hadn’t seen them since their departure so we arrived with grapes and old shoes to walk around the barn yard for some chicken love.

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Debbie has over 40 chickens. Guess who met us at the gate as soon as we got out of the car? 🙂

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My old pals congregated at Tama’s feet while I shot some “grape” action shots.

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Ready…into position…

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Any wonder who jumped first? 🙂

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Double play!

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And the blonde bombshell makes her move!

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Leave it to Tama to look like a sexpot while holding a chicken. Sheesh!

After our fun reunion with our old friends, we went by Debbie’s house to visit my former foster chicken Scarlett and her BFF Carlos.  These two are “house chickens” and they prefer to live as a duo near the people coop where they are insured attention from the two-legged animals.  They roam free all day and are safely locked up in a coop at night that is right next to the garage.  Carlos was recently attacked by a stray dog and had much of her hiney bitten off.  Debbie took her to the vet and had her injuries stitched up.  Carlos was also given some pain medicine and a dose of antibiotic, so she will most likely make a full recovery.  She may never qualify for a chicken beauty pageant, but at least she’ll live to hang with her girlfriend and enjoy a normal chicken life for years to come.

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Don’t worry Carlos, you can hardly notice it. 😦

And for those of you in need of a “Dave & Buster” update, here’s a couple of photos of the dynamic duo.

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Happiness is a meal shared with a friend.

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I got yer back little guy.

Thanks for checking in with the Burlingame Petting Zoo.  Hope your day is HOPPY! 🙂

Rave For Dave

Please don’t tell Buster, but we are crazy about our new bunny!  Mr. Dave is very smart for a baby and we’re happy that he’s almost got the hang of his litter box.  He doesn’t mind being held either, and this is something Buster would never tolerate.  I can even put Dave in a trance by putting him on his wittle back and stroking his wittle head.

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This is not very dignified!

Dave’s ears have a mind of their own and they rarely act in unison, giving him the “broken helicopter” look.:)

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Call Sikorski for repairs please.

Dave is also a big hit with the ladies.

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This lady is getting a little too personal!

Dave’s a very friendly little guy and he loves to chase cats!  Rowdy and Sammy don’t know what to think of this overgrown rat tearing at their heels.  Buster now allows him inside Thunderdome and they seem to be on the way to a great friendship.  Life is good here at the B’game ranch.  Hope yours is too. 🙂