Microorganisms–An Amazing Aspect of Creation

Today, I got out our old microscope, and began to teach myself to use it since I will be using it the following days for my science. Our microscope is practically an antiquity, as it was a model from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being raised in a newer, high-tech age, I could not figure out how to use it. Eventually, my dad got it to work and I got the hang of using the intricate device. First, I thought of how amazing it was that someone could put together objects such as: a mirror, lens, lever, and slides and make a microscope. Since my creativity is very limited, I find creativity in inventions very fascinating.

I collected some pond water to look at the organisms in it, such as bacteria and protozoa (I thought I’d just add that when I took a sample in a jar I somehow got a young salamander and a sea snail in there!). I put it under a microscope today, I scanned the minuscule amount of the water. If you simple looked at it, the average person would probably say it was just, “A little water and dirt.” That was what I, of course, thought. Looking at it under a microscope I discovered it was SO much more! First of all, there was a little dirt but most of the dirt-like substance which is far more fascinating. Dirt is just decayed remains (humus), rocks, and minerals (which is a bit more exciting than thinking of it as just “dirt”), but it was actually algae–it’s much more amazing! Algae is a protist (simple celled, eukaryotic organisms that are both consumers and consumers) that uses photosynthesis for sustenance and, different from plants, it lives in water! What’s the significance of that? It’s not only interesting to learn, but, ironically, algae creates most of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Don’t take it for granted!

Also, when I was scrutinizing the sample, I saw copious Volvox which is tiny little protist in a circular shape, they are VERY active, it’s hard to see them! I saw amoebas, which I thought were by far the most interesting. They are also a protist, and they look like a piece of Jell-O in a random shape with multi-colored dots in them. What I find very spectacular is that amoebas move by extending their cell membrane! Also, I found some parameciums, which is a protist, and it is in a elongated (length-wise) oval shape. Those things are fast too! When I looked at all these different organisms it was so strange because they are so small yet they are so interesting and go unnoticed!

As I conclude, I found a myriad of different organisms in a minuscule drop of pond water, how extravagant to think that there are trillions more interesting creations in all the ponds in the world! There are so many jaw dropping microorganisms that we see from in a farther out perspective and we think nothing of it. Nature and creation could have been made monotonous, but God chose something better, interesting, and extravagant. He chose to make it absolutely amazing! Chickens are another example, I think they are spectacular, and they have been made very unique and complex, it is uncomprehendable! So, the next chance you get to see and explore nature, don’t look at every thing from the small picture, see the big picture, from a microscopic view, to a teloscopic view, to any perspective in the spectacular array of God’s creation.

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Above are pictures of a variety of protists. The one in the upper left corner is a paramecium, which I mentioned. These photographs were taken at about 400 times zoomed in. Picture from: Wikipedia.

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New & Updated Pages On This Website, Please Take A Look!

  I just updated the ‘My Pictures: Chickens’ page and added several more fabulous photos. Also, if you have not looked at my ‘Chicken Breeds’ sub-category, I would encourage you to look at the different breeds I have written in the pages. I, of course, have not written about every breed, which I’m hoping to eventually. It will probably take forever though, considering there is about two hundred breeds! Yesterday, I published an article in the blog section and under ‘Uncategorized’ in the ‘Chicken Information’ section about the importance of vaccinating chickens. Please take a look at it! 

 

Thanks for reading and feel free to look at any of the updated and new pages I listed in the above text! 🙂

Chicken Vaccinations, Why Are They So Important?

Why are chicken vaccinations so important? Most chicken raisers ask this question, and simply assume they are unimportant. Chicken vaccinations are actually very important! They insure your flock immunity or some immunity to disease, prevention from chicken disease outbreaks, and facilitate taking care of chickens.

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(A picture of a Fowl Pox vaccine with the medicine to inject into them in the bottles and the wing web injector in front of them. Picture from: Stromberg’s Hatchery.)

Vaccinations enhance immunity to birds, or at least some. Most vaccinations provide full immunity to birds where if they are exposed to the disease, they will get no illness. Some vaccinations such as the one for Marek’s Disease, give birds some immunity to help the disease not be as extreme. With the Marek’s Disease vaccination, it prevents paralysis of the wings and legs (or it to say a bit more complicated, it should stop the growth of tumors at an earlier stage to where it won’t paralysis the places where the tumors grow like the legs or wings). Even though it won’t stop birds from getting Marek’s, it is still a very good idea to vaccinate your birds for Marek’s. Anyways, whether it enhances a little or full immunity, it is still worth doing it.

If you give your birds vaccinations, it can help prevent further outbreaks of chicken disease. Vaccinating your birds is especially important if you show your chickens, because the chickens will be with a myriad of other chickens that could be sick, or it could cause other people’s birds to get sick from your possibly ill bird. But, even if you don’t show chickens, it can still prevent outbreaks. I’m sure if you have a flock, you frequently or at least sometimes, have other people see them. If those people have chickens, they could expose those chickens to an infectious disease your chickens had, and then the disease spreads. Vaccinating your birds for New Castle Disease, Marek’s Disease, and Infectious Bronchitis are good disease to do because those are very common, wide-spreading diseases. Vaccinating birds for diseases to help prevent outbreaks which helps sustain chickens and your community.

When you vaccinate your birds for diseases, you make the job easier for yourself in the long run. It may seem like a hassle to pay for the vaccine, do it yourself or have a vet do it, and having to be careful not to stress out your chickens, but if prevents diseases it’s all worth your time. It’s frustrating walking into the coop with listless, dead, lame, paralyzed, or emaciated chickens. It stresses the owner out a lot, because they have to quarantine, find out what their bird(s) have, cure it, and keep them healthy in the future. All the frustration could be simply stopped by vaccinating your birds.

Vaccinating your birds gives your birds good immunity to disease, prevents outbreaks of diseases, and makes the job of raising chickens easier for you. So look into vaccinations, vaccinated chicks when you get them, and keep your birds healthy!

My Japanese Roosters

  Yesterday, I was thinking about my two lovely Japanese roosters, Koki and Sebastian. I was reminiscing my plans for the roosters, which was giving them away. They were listed for sale, yet no one wanted them, little did I know that I would be thankful for that.

  They were for sale for $10 each, and I was desperately hoping they would sell very fast. At the time, they weren’t the nicest roosters in the world, but I never gave them a chance. Every single other chicken that was listed with them sold. The fair came soon enough, I took them off the listing, and deciding I would show one of them (Koki). After Sage got ill, I started working with Koki, having high hopes that he would do well. He turned out doing magnificent, and I soon grew very attached to him. Sebastian, the other rooster, I envisaged to sell him after the fair. During the fair, I only had four chickens home: April, Dannielle, Victoria, and Sebastian. April was and has always been flighty, Dannielle and Victoria weren’t being very friendly either, but Sebastian was. He allowed me to pet him and he was nearly as tame as Koki. Soon, I grew very attached to Sebastian also. At first, I still considered selling them, but their sweetness unconvinced me. 

  It’s hard to think that a month and a half ago, I planned to sell both of them. If I did, there would just be a little less joy in the coop. There weren’t be a rooster coming out dancing near me, there would be quiet a few less hilarious crows, and no chicken to practice fitting and showing. I still don’t know what my plan with both of them is, but for now I plan on keeping them. Roosters usually start to get mean from 4-9 months, so most of them are in that age range. I doubt they will get mean, but if they do I will most likely sell them or give them away for free. I would do breeding with them, but with all the Japanese breeding problems, I’d rather not mess with them and unhappy costumers. 

 

“Up with the dawn and the rooster crow                                                                                                                                          Been that way since I don’t know.” [-The Harvester by Brandon Heath]

                        

 

 

 

 

Chicken Breeding: Coming Soon! :)

  I can’t believe it! I’ll be doing chicken breeding very soon. Gabriela is already laying, so all I need to wait for is chicken breeding season (late winter, spring, and summer) and for Sage and Primrose to begin laying. I’m hoping to do my first batch of eggs in January or February. I want to be able to give the option of hatching eggs and chicks. Day old chicks I think I will sell for about $7 each and hatching eggs I’m not sure. Seven dollars may be a little pricy for day old chicks, but this is not poor hatchery stock that could have missing or extra toes; crooked: necks, backs, toes, feet; split: tails, wings, and combs; etc! These should be good quality birds with show quality characteristics. Of course, I am not guaranteeing this. Even the best strains of chickens can produce bad quality birds, it is just less likely. My birds have good genetics with no deformities, so their chicks shouldn’t either. 

  It will be interesting to see how this venture goes. I may only do one batch and figure out that it’s way too hard to sell the chicks, or it may be a great success. I’ll just have to wait and see!

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Enjoying the last day of summer :)

   Today, I have been enjoying the last day of summer. I have been thankful for the weather, it said a few days previously that it would be raining all day. Yesterday and today have both been lower to mid seventies and sunny. It’s so sad to see the summer wane, but it is inevitable, as it is every year. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Gabriela, my Mille Fleur d’Uccle, the last few days since Lily has been standoffish. Gabriela, I have discovered is a voracious eater. She was running through the grass trying to find some precious grasshoppers yesterday, which was very entertaining, and I fed her a succulent plum today which she enjoyed. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to spend as much time with my chickens during the school year, as well as my blog posts will decrease in how frequently I post. I’m dreading the weather change very much. I love sitting in the hot sun with 75 to 90 degree weather, I dislike staying inside all winter with the temperature dropping in the 20’s at night. Is it possible to be looking forward to summer of 2015 already? 🙂