We're down to eight harlequin marked babies. One somehow got out of the nest box, out of the cage, and passed away on the ground; the poor thing. I plan to rebuild that cage this summer as it's the same cage that had a loss several years ago from the same thing. That will be corrected this year to prevent future issues. That means Penelope's litter of 10 is now 9 strong. Here's an updated photo.
In preparation for Easter, we dyed eggs tonight. Most of the five dozen were painted the normal way, with the classic Paas dye mixed with vinegar in coffee cups. Some of them we did a little differently and tried using rubber bands. Below is a photo of two different attempts. On the left is an egg that #3 put into bright blue dye first, let it dry, wrapped it with a rubber band, and then put it into the purple dye. The result is blue stripes wherever the rubber band was in contact with the egg. The one to the right was rubber banded first, then dyed in light green. After it dried, an additional rubber band was added, and the egg was put into bright blue dye. The result is a blue egg with white and light green stripes.
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