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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 17 12:23 AM

Dec 17, 2010: DIY Jacuzzi

Many businesses are scheming like mad to appear "greener" than their competitors... preferably at minimal cost.
Restaurants have a problem with the amount of food they have to throw away, making them look wasteful.
Much of it is the fault of customers not eating what they ordered, like chicks on a first date.

Of course some foods are left behind, much more than others... not much chocolate cake, lots of Brussels sprouts.
A lot those sprouts can be "recycled" as next month's ham & bacon, but a restaurant at Alton Towers has a better Idea.



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Bosses at an aquarium in the UK say they're planning to reduce waste this Christmas -- by feeding their fish leftover Brussels sprouts.
Staff say they stumbled on the finding that the fish have a 'surprising penchant' for the unpopular but festive vegetable.
As a result Alton Towers Resort have started recycling any left-over sprouts served in the hotel by dropping them in the tanks.
They say they're not sure of the impact the diet will have, or whether it will increase fishy flatulence but that they will 'monitor the situation'.
In the meantime no smoking, or open lights, near the fish jacuzzi... er, tank.

link


nil_orally  Friday Dec 17 03:36 AM

It appears the fish have all doubled in size, but are floating on the surface.



SPUCK  Friday Dec 17 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by nil_orally View Post
It appears the fish have all doubled in size, but are floating on the surface.
Perhaps they're just basking?


footfootfoot  Friday Dec 17 07:23 AM

We have a DIY J'Accusey at home. We use it for flatulence.



Shawnee123  Friday Dec 17 08:42 AM

Those sweet little fishies can have ALL my brussels sprouts. It's selfless, I know, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice.



monster  Friday Dec 17 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Perhaps they're just basking?
pining for the fjords


ToastyOhs  Friday Dec 17 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
pining for the fjords
Wi not trei a holiday in Sweeden this yer ?

See the loveli lakes


Sundae  Friday Dec 17 01:57 PM

I didn't think a trip to Alton Towers could BE more appealing...
Now I find out you don't even need to eat your Brussel Sprouts...?

Actually, all the rides are closed this time of year, and you're still paying a Christmas premium.
GIVE THOSE SPROUTS BACK!
I paid for 'em.



Shawnee123  Friday Dec 17 02:03 PM

This is me when I was little. Well, not really, but it kind of looks like I did.



Rhianne  Friday Dec 17 02:40 PM

Me, I love them - but I recently heard of someone who managed to persuade his young daughter and her friend to not only eat sprouts but to come back and ask for more by telling her they were 'Barbie cabbages'.



Shawnee123  Friday Dec 17 03:29 PM

My parents tried to make me eat them. Once.

Barfing is a great deterrent to parental food interference. In my defense, I wasn't faking. I really don't see how anyone could like them: but I have weird taste buds or something anyway. Oh, I don't like cabbage either.



casimendocina  Friday Dec 17 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
My parents tried to make me eat them throughout my entire childhood.

Hiding one's brussel sprouts in the garden wasn't a great deterrent to parental food interference. I don't like cabbage either.
I think we might be kindred spirits Shawnee.


Shawnee123  Friday Dec 17 04:58 PM




monster  Friday Dec 17 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
My parents tried to make me eat them. Once.

Barfing is a great deterrent to parental food interference. In my defense, I wasn't faking. I really don't see how anyone could like them: but I have weird taste buds or something anyway. Oh, I don't like cabbage either.
That's Thor with Broccoli. instant retching.


Lamplighter  Friday Dec 17 06:28 PM

Green vegetables must have some chemical basis for it.
A couple of my G-kids have that reaction to green beans.



DanaC  Friday Dec 17 07:27 PM

Ahhh good old Alton Towers. The rides, the queues, the over-priced food, the queues, the aquarium, the queues, the giant mechanical dragon...no wait ... that last one was Camelot. Did I mention the queues?

Oh and the wasps. Hanging about the picnic tables, like little stripey hooligans.

Used to love going though.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Dec 18 12:21 AM

Were the WASPs just harassing the Catholics?



SPUCK  Saturday Dec 18 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Lamplighter View Post
Green vegetables must have some chemical basis for it.
A couple of my G-kids have that reaction to green beans.
Lima beans will cause me to hurl. And as a kid yams would, but not now, though I still try to avoid the nasty foul things.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Dec 18 05:44 AM

Cauliflower, but that may have just been my mothers cooking.



HungLikeJesus  Saturday Dec 18 10:43 AM

I don't even like to be in the same room as a Brussels sprout.

I think the problem with restaurants is that they give you way too much food. Do you really need rice and beans and salad with your burrito?



Glinda  Saturday Dec 18 01:40 PM

I prevent restaurant food waste by taking home everything that isn't eaten (from everyone seated at the table with me).

The chickens are always interested in whatever I bring home, and it's that much less feed I have to buy. Win-Win.


Oh, and I'm one of those warped brussels sprouts lovers. What can I say?



Sundae  Saturday Dec 18 02:36 PM

For me they are just that thing that never, ever grew more appealing as I got older. Sprouts and cauliflower. Nope. Never. Sorry. Grim.

I understand that other people can love them, and I am not revolted by that.
I even have some very good friends who are that way inclined.
I do prefer that they keep it behind closed doors however.



richlevy  Saturday Dec 18 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
I prevent restaurant food waste by taking home everything that isn't eaten (from everyone seated at the table with me).

The chickens are always interested in whatever I bring home, and it's that much less feed I have to buy. Win-Win.


Oh, and I'm one of those warped brussels sprouts lovers. What can I say?
Do chickens eat chicken?

“Ma...it's the silence of the CHICKENS!”


Nirvana  Saturday Dec 18 11:36 PM

I loved all vegetables... I was a weird child. I did not love stewed tomatoes! Still don't but they are tasty in vodka sauce.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 19 12:27 AM

Your Mom was probably a good cook, whereas mine carried on the New England tradition of boiling the crap out of everything but ketchup... that got fried.



SPUCK  Sunday Dec 19 06:12 AM

Bruce I hated cauliflower until I discovered what melted cheddar cheese does for it.. Yum!


In high school my buddy and I were working on a hotrod when his dad ordered him to feed the pigs the Brussels sprouts. So I went with him down the street to the barn. We noticed the two giant crates were already loaded on the flat bed. We drove off to the pigs about 5 minutes down the road and proceeded to feed all those hideous sprouts to the pigs that were enjoying them mightily.

Done, we returned the truck and returned to our hotrod labors.

About an hour later his Dad called him back into the house to interrogate him. Lots of shouting and gesturing ensued. Clearly his dad was enraged. When my friend returned he had a chagrined look on his face. He told me we'd fed the pigs the AAA, deluxe, special, sorted, baby, Brussels sprouts instead of the damaged and rejected ones that were in the back of the barn.

How were we to know?! We never paid attention to details about barfy B spouts..



Griff  Sunday Dec 19 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Your Mom was probably a good cook, whereas mine carried on the New England tradition of boiling the crap out of everything but ketchup... that got fried.

Mom went to that school. Brussels Sprouts were my one approved veggie as a kid, I still love 'em.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 19 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
He told me we'd fed the pigs the AAA, deluxe, special, sorted, baby, Brussels sprouts instead of the damaged and rejected ones that were in the back of the barn.
His Dad was bullshitting him, there isn't any difference.


footfootfoot  Thursday Dec 23 06:25 PM

I saw a can of spaghetti Os and meatballs sitting on the counter at Hemming's Motor News today (prolly someone's dinner) and it brought back childhood memories. Gack. If the statute of limitations hadn't run out, I'd call social services on my mom.



Glinda  Thursday Dec 23 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by richlevy View Post
Do chickens eat chicken?

“Ma...it's the silence of the CHICKENS!”
Sure, chickens eat chicken. And they LOVE eggs. Too bad for them, they can't bust into 'em!


SPUCK  Friday Dec 24 05:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
Sure, chickens eat chicken. And they LOVE eggs. Too bad for them, they can't bust into 'em!
Oh yes they can. With ease too. You may need to lop off a few heads to stem the problem.


footfootfoot  Friday Dec 24 11:44 AM

Hence the expression "to be caught with egg on your face"



Shawnee123  Friday Dec 24 11:55 AM

Better than having a face on your egg.

Which reminds me: another Ohio nut saw the face of Jebus, this time on a pistachio nut. I really must get my Rock of Jebus as Swaddling Infant out on ebay.



Glinda  Saturday Dec 25 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Oh yes they can. With ease too. You may need to lop off a few heads to stem the problem.
Maybe your chickens can, but mine never have. Nor did my mom's chickens when I was a kid. What kind of birds are you raising!?


SPUCK  Sunday Dec 26 06:11 AM

Birds that are clumsy and eventually step on a egg cracking it and then decide to taste it. Then decide yum!



footfootfoot  Sunday Dec 26 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
Maybe your chickens can, but mine never have. Nor did my mom's chickens when I was a kid. What kind of birds are you raising!?
How many were you raising?

I think the chances increase with the number of birds. Even my friends who have truly free range chickens, occasionally have this problem.


Glinda  Sunday Dec 26 10:55 AM

I dunno.

I started out with 25 birds six years ago. Right now I'm kinda low, with only 15, but I've yet to find an egg that one of the birds broke (either accidentally or on purpose).

They won't even try to eat a shell-less egg. It just sits in the nesting box like a little jelly ball until I come to collect it.

I do give my birds oyster shell calcium and their shells are quite hard - maybe this is the reason the eggs are always intact, but I've never even seen them try to peck into an egg.

Perhaps their big mama just taught them well.



footfootfoot  Sunday Dec 26 11:01 AM

Yeah, I don't think it's an epidemic or anything. My friends raise about 2000-3000 a year and maybe they have one or two egg eaters a year. The problem is that when you get one, the others learn from it and then all hell breaks loose.

One of the funny things they told me about the rooster is that he makes a special sound when he's found an especially great bug and all the hens come running over to get some and he surprises them with, alas, no bug but some of his good rooster loving.

I imagine if they communicate about good bugs they would probably not be able to contain themselves when they tasted an egg.



Griff  Sunday Dec 26 11:19 AM

We've only had egg eaters when there is breakage maybe from an ancient hen laying or a deep freeze cracking an uncollected egg. Even then they might get away with it since they will eat shell and all.

Did I mention that there is a baby chick out there in the snow? One of our hens decided to hatch out a single egg.



Glinda  Monday Dec 27 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
One of the funny things they told me about the rooster is that he makes a special sound when he's found an especially great bug and all the hens come running over to get some and he surprises them with, alas, no bug but some of his good rooster loving.
Roosters are quite sneaky (and hens are dolts; they fall for it every time)!

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
I imagine if they communicate about good bugs they would probably not be able to contain themselves when they tasted an egg.
Eggs are VERY high on their "Yummy List," and they all come a'runnin' when I toss one out there (occasionally I'll find an egg that's been laid in some odd spot who knows how long ago, and just give it to the birds rather than worry about it being spoiled; sometimes I accidentally crack them myself, when I'm washing them).

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Originally Posted by Griff View Post
Did I mention that there is a baby chick out there in the snow? One of our hens decided to hatch out a single egg.
*grin* I've just discovered that I have a broody hen sitting on eggs. WTH? Don't these birds know what season it is?!?


Undertoad  Monday Dec 27 08:28 PM




kerosene  Thursday Dec 30 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post

One of the funny things they told me about the rooster is that he makes a special sound when he's found an especially great bug and all the hens come running over to get some and he surprises them with, alas, no bug but some of his good rooster loving.
This just cracked me up!


Pico and ME  Thursday Dec 30 12:58 PM

I would love to raise chickens. *sigh*...maybe someday.

But back to the op...

My mom couldn't get me to eat a brussel sprout no matter how long she made me sit at the table. My disgust for them lasted up to about 10 years ago when I started the Zone Diet. I learned that they were one of the most nutritious veggies and since that was what I was mostly eating, I gave them another try. It was tough going at first, but somehow I managed to get through it and amazingly enough, they are now my favorite vegetable (along with broccoli).



Glinda  Saturday Jan 29 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
*grin* I've just discovered that I have a broody hen sitting on eggs. WTH? Don't these birds know what season it is?!?
Well, the four eggs my hen was sitting on have hatched.

Took them out from underneath the hen yesterday morning and put them in an incubator, then went to work. When I came home, three had hatched (the last hatched overnight). When they're a few weeks old, I'll give them back to the hen to raise.

Unfortunately, they're half Araucana and half Leghorn, so they're going to be boring old white chickens, but hopefully they're not all boys and their eggs will be colored.

http://img407.imageshack.us/i/dg7.mp4/


SPUCK  Sunday Jan 30 06:13 AM

Ahhhhh what cute little peepers..

We just had to lop off all our chickens heads.
They, um, weren't performing well.



Glinda  Sunday Jan 30 11:43 PM

The rule on the farm is:

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EGGS OR MEAT
I give my birds the choice to follow whatever option appeals. Happily for everyone involved, they invariably choose the "EGGS" option.




BigV  Wednesday Feb 2 12:51 PM

I can just see this on a big poster on the inside of Glinda's chicken coop on the wall opposite all the... nests/brooding boxes? whatever. And they sit there, staring up at the wall, willing their guts to save their meat.

You're brutal Glinda.

heheheh



Glinda  Wednesday Feb 2 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by BigV View Post
I can just see this on a big poster on the inside of Glinda's chicken coop on the wall opposite all the... nests/brooding boxes? whatever. And they sit there, staring up at the wall, willing their guts to save their meat.

You're brutal Glinda.

heheheh
Aw, it ain't so bad being one of my birds.

Just this morning I cooked rice for them, shredded some carrots, chopped up some cucumbers, lettuce, and watermelon, and smushed half a package of corn chex, and they had a feast. My "special" birds - the four that either can't/don't get along with the others or are in Chicken Rehab - also got some canned corn, shelled sunflower seeds, and dried mealworms.

Hell, when I die I want to come back as one of my chickens.


BigV  Wednesday Feb 2 06:42 PM

... ok....

Just remember... eggs or meat. Your choice.



Glinda  Thursday Feb 3 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by BigV View Post
... ok....

Just remember... eggs or meat. Your choice.
HAA!!!


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