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Time to meet some of the new girls…

June 17, 2015

So after all the tragedy and drama, and some healing. Gretchen reached out and let me know I could ‘replace’ any of the ladies I lost. So after losing a total of 9, I got 20 more. (Chicken math…)

Here’s a look at their first few weeks in the Schilling household. They grow so dang fast!

NONE of these girls are named (but I think there may be a Rooster in the bunch (one of the Barred Rocks?).

If you know your stuff and spot a rooster please shout out!!

Without further ado, the new (nameless) Schilling girls…

These are shots from their first few days home. None are older than a week.

These are shots from their first few days home. None are older than a week.

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So there they were, newbies!

Now fast forward a few weeks and damn how they’ve grown:) Check out the hair….

 

Here's the latest shots of the new ladies.

Here’s the latest shots of the new ladies.

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Quick note about an amazing thing!

June 16, 2015

You ever see one of these?

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Not a trick question. Ya, they’re vanilla air fresheners, likely seen in a NYC cab. I read on this blog article that these would help keep flies away. In addition to her other suggestions, I gave this one a whirl.

Now let me set this one up. My coop, and area, is in the shade of some pretty large trees, but there are areas of sunlight. Immediately behind my property, and the coop, is marsh, real, nasty, smelly conservatory marshland. It’s hot, it’s humid. My compost bin is just outside the run fencing too.

It is the Taj Mahal for flies and heat loving insects.

Guess what? I have not seen a fly in ANY area of my chickens, inside or outside the coop, in weeks. There are bugs for sure, at night it can get antsy, but flies? None. None when I open the compost bin to add poo, none around their poo outdoors, none around the fruit they savage when I let them have it, none. Now I’d make a case for it being a combo, but outside my coop I have done NOTHING but hang these unsightly yellow trees.

I love it when seemingly inane things turn out to be cool :)

Time to meet the ladies, and some sad stories….

June 12, 2015

Before I get to the introductions, and it’ll happen over 2 days. I wanted to give you an idea of life after baseball.

Some things will never change.

In pretty much the exact manner in which I prepared to pitch, I entered into this. I read, researched, read some more, made phone calls, talked to a poultry vet, read some more.

I wanted to be as prepared and informed as possible, and I am. I am also learning tons as I go thanks to the amazing ladies and the advice and info they’ve given me.

I’ll start off by showing some ‘baby photos’, some of which will be painful. I lost 7 of the girls to a pet dog who, while I wanted to kill her, I knew she was trying to ‘play’ with them. I lost all of my young polish, a gorgeous blue cochin as well, and one of my bantam frenchies (Mille fleur d’uccle). Pronounced Millee-de-Flur dew clay.

It was a very hard lesson to learn, and it happened again to 2 others not long after.

As of today I think the pen is borderline Ft Knox, to get into or out of.

I’ll introduce you to the Schilling pets as well, and there’s a neat little surprise at the end.

You'll see some comments on some pictures along the way. For anyone that doesn't know this about chickens 1) They're wicked smart and 2) They're EXACTLY like dogs, every one has its very own personality and it's on display, all the time! Any of the youngsters you see with

You’ll see some comments on some pictures along the way. For anyone that doesn’t know this about chickens 1) They’re wicked smart and 2) They’re EXACTLY like dogs, every one has its very own personality and it’s on display, all the time! Any of the youngsters you see with “Afros” was killed in the 1st accident. As was “Hairyette” the blue cochin. These were all taken in the basement, in their brooder (built by Steve) which I added a ‘loft’ onto, to allow them as they grew, to move around and start ‘roosting’ before going outside.

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Hairyette would have looked like this, and she was gorgeous as hell.

Hairyette would have looked like this, and she was gorgeous as hell.

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The one on the left is “Valiant”. So named because, again according to Garrison “Anyone willing to have 27 girlfriends, has to be Valiant dad”. That was before we discovered a 2nd rooster.

What Chessy will look like all growed up! A mobile chess board.

What Chessy will look like all growed up! A mobile chess board.

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This is Brownie, a Partridge Hen Cochin.

She will look like this when she's all grown up.

She will look like this when she’s all grown up.

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This was about the time “Valerie” became “Valiant”, as we realized he acted like, and looked like, a boy.

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Check out the neck feathers, and he has enormous feet.

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Life rolls along

June 12, 2015

To say I’ve been blessed could be the understatement of the century. I am at an amazing place in life. My only daughter just graduated (not ready for that one..) my oldest son is at Ron Woolforth’s camp in Texas, two younger boys are here doing their thing and Shonda and I are doing different things together which has been fun.

See her and I move at 2 different speeds. I go light speed, she goes the speed limit, sometimes slower (metaphorically speaking of course. She’s always taken real life speed limit signs as suggestions rather than law).

So when she mentioned late last year that she thought it might be cool to get the kids chickens for christmas, one for each, and one for us. So she’s talking six, and I am picturing the poultry warehouse for KFC (speed limit vs light speed).

I managed to make her idea of six turn into more through my strong power of persuasion. “Come on honey, they’re flock animals, you can’t seriously expect less than a dozen to survive ‘alone’ can you?”

She fell for it/didn’t listen/didn’t care/or maybe I whispered the suggestion, but however it came to be that flock of 6 is now 24 in the coop, and a number more in the baby brooder.

We haven’t gotten here without some sad days, bumps in the road and cuts, bruises, bites and aches.

The idea was to start at the beginning and bring anyone reading up to speed on how I got here, and where I am. Maybe even where I am headed.

I’ll likely sprinkle in other stuff just to keep the flow and hopefully interest going.

A few words of thanks first. The guys at Bay State Structures were awesome. They built this:

A great looking and structurally awesome coop with a small enclosed run…
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I also want to mention 2 important, well 3 important folks in addition to my wife and kids.

First off, the Chicken Lady, Gretchen. Gretchen works here and this is where it all began months ago! Gretchen is my chicken lady and advisor.

Her hubby Steve? He’s responsible for a ton of post coop work. He’s got a carpenters gift and I am sincerely appreciative of everything he’s helped to get done!

And last, but certainly not least! There’s the “Chicken Chick” Kathy Shea Mormino!  Kathy has the best website I’ve ever seen on raising Chickens for any reason. When you see my photos starting tomorrow you will see her influence around the coop and amongst the ladies.

Will post more later, until then here’s a sneak peak at one of the girls before they are introduced!

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Anyone new to this want to guess why this Chicken presents a problem in a coop with ALL laying hens?

Incoming update on “Chez Schilling”

June 9, 2015

I’m raising chickens. Yep, that’s no typo, it’s for real, I’m a farmer… Well not a farmer but I have chickens. I am going to blog about it, and some life stuff I think. Will get the ‘story’ started here this week.

Quite possibly the most epic win in internet history.

March 4, 2015

My 15 year old son is on the spectrum of autism.

Can we just change that word from Autism to world changing brilliance?

I am unsure of any way I could be more proud of any of my kids, ever.

He just put this on his FB page…

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I explored every social media site I possibly could to see if anyone could have any possible portrayal of what happened to my sister ( Gabriella Schilling ) that made her or my father ( Curt Schilling ) like the bad guy. Oh god how wrong i was, i wanted to see if anyone had the audacity to defend these trolls but no, for every single post about what happened with my father about stupid religious rants or his apparent “whining” ? About the hall of fame, there were so many posts that spoke about how he acted as though a father should.

If I ever saw a post that tried to defend them it was shut down almost IMMEDIATELY by those who clearly had more information and research about the topic rather than the air-headed kid acting like some higher authority and saying how wrong my father reacted. Never really have i seen so MANY people agree with my father and no matter who it was, White, Black, Jewish, Christian, Athiest, Yankee fan, Red Sox fan, 15 year old to 30 year old! I was so amazed with how much unity can amount when everyone realizes what really is important. Keeping family safe and sound when someone thinks they can just have their ‘fun’

I say this not just as a supporter of my father but a proud son and brother of both of them.

P.S : to those dudes who think that those ‘jokes’ were funny, have fun without a girlfriend, job and education because the lord knows you’ve learned more from my father than you have at school you illiterate monkeys. Threaten my sister, brothers, mom or dad and you can be well assured that I don’t just know my way around my computer but I’ll find a way into your’s to.
Love : The Autistic child who still knows how to act acceptably on social media and to other human beings ( Unlike yourselves ) and who dares you to come near my family with the same courage you had on twitter and say whatever you want to me because cowards have no place here, or anywhere for that matter.

Is it Twitters fault?

March 3, 2015

Hell no. For those of you saying “Just block it” or “get off twitter”, stop reading now.

I would bet 100% of you are either childless fathers or single.
Here’s the thing. You can do whatever you choose when someone tries to verbally or physically attack one of your children. Me? I don’t possess the ‘turn the other cheek’ gene when it gets there.

I’m not upset that people are talking trash to me, or at me. Sure as a human being you’d wish no one would say mean things but hey, that’s life and that’s the world we live in.

Given the sheer tonnage of quotes and comments I’ve made I was bound to create a ‘He’s a tool” list that was well stocked. I don’t have issue going back and forth with keyboard cowboys and tough guys because they’re small small people. I’m ok with that, that’s 100% on me.

I mentioned being a Republican, being a Red Sox and all that other stuff. I didn’t insert politics to make a point, I did so to make sure if you read it you knew that I KNEW people hate me for one or more reasons.

If you hate me because of my political stance that’s ok. If you hate me because you love the Yanks, that’s cool. Those differences are the very fabric of this country. We are ALLOWED to be, think, and act different. Men and women have died for over 239 years so you and I could debate and argue politics, religion, evolution, baseball, sports, whatever, without death as a potential argument finisher.

Check out the comments. So many start with “I don’t agree with your politics” or “I’m a Democrat” or something along those lines.

You don’t need to caveat your opinion with your political affiliation because I don’t care. I’m interested in your opinion (for most of you) for the discussion and/or argument.

You don’t like me because I talk too much? I have an insane passion for what I love and what I believe. I usually don’t have a Yes/No answer for anything (Just ask Karl Ravech). If that annoys you and/or makes you not like me? That’s cool, I get it. If that makes you hate me, while I can’t understand that even a little, that’s ok, again, that’s what we are allowed to do. Speak and think freely.

The boys that have gotten bad fallout from this. Do I feel bad? No. Do I sympathize? No. Whatever is their result is 100% on them. No one asked them to do it, no one forced them to do it, they made sexually aggressive and sexually explicit comments at and to my 17 year old daughter and even when given a chance (which I did in every instance) to back off and move on, they did not.

For all you tough guys out there who piss and moan with the “just turn it off” or “just block”. Why on earth would I allow someone with zero honor, zero integrity and zero morals to dictate even 1 minute of my life?

I look at it like this. If someone walked into your house and punched your daughter square in the face, what would your reaction be? You and I probably are thinking the very same thing. How is that different than what happened to my amazing Daughter?

Here’s how.

Those bruises on your daughters face? They’ll heal over time and go away. My daughter? She was bruised and battered every bit as bad as that punch. Her scars are there forever.

For you “men” trying to somehow side with these guys? Go for it. You don’t have far to go in life, in fact you may already be at your finish line.

Ladies? I don’t care if you’re 7 or 70. There is no time, no place, no reason in your lives ever that anyone, most especially a man, is allowed to talk to you, or treat you, this way.   99.9% of the tools that continue to rant didn’t even read the article, and they most assuredly didn’t click on the links.

Young women, and men, are KILLING themselves after being cyber-bullied.

You have a son, daughter, sister or brother? Niece, nephew, cousin? One that you would go to the ends of the earth for? Think about it for a second. Phone rings and that person has died, hung themselves because they were bullied. How are you doing? What’s your reaction?

Let me be very clear again. I have no issues with people ragging other people. It’s been a part of my life for 40 some years. Ask an athlete, soldier, fireman, policeman, locker rooms might be the most uncivil places on the planet. We say things to each other in there no one else is allowed to say to us. It’s how you express your love to your teammates/co-workers/brothers in arms. I am just about 100% sure no one, and nothing, in that environment brings that outside, and for good reason.

Get on me, rag me all you want. People from Rhode Island? Until everything comes out I can’t fault you one bit for saying the things you say and being angry about how that all ended. You have every right to be pissed, I am. When the full story is told I don’t think you’ll be any less angry, likely you’ll be more, but I do believe the direction of that anger will adjust itself. It doesn’t matter to you but that company was the biggest thing I’ve ever tried and had almost 300 people and their families that I cared deeply about. Ending the way it did could not have been farther from what and how it should have.

That’s mainly on me, I can’t walk away, and haven’t, from that. I’ve lost too many times to count in life, it’s what solidifies the love of winning and desire to be great. I’ve never failed, until 38. The only way to fail something is to quit, or have it taken away. I didn’t steal 1$. In fact I never ever took even a penny from that company, ever. Ya I did lose over 50 million dollars of my own and that’s on me. The state had a desire for us to move there and made an offer every single person reading this would have taken.

And please stop with the ‘small government conservative who takes gov’t handouts’. A bond is not a ‘handout’, never has been. It’s also not ‘stolen’ . It was a state issued investment tool to raise capital to incentivize 38 Studios to move to Providence. Be as mad as you need to be about how it happened, that’s totally understandable since so much remained out of sight and so much happened so oddly fast. Be as mad as you want about what you believe or perceive to be the truths. I can assure you that when this settles itself you will see and hear things A) You never thought possible and B) That will make you understand from the 1st day I never even hinted at doing anything illegal or underhanded.

I wouldn’t have risked my company, the employees or their families not to mention the 50m I had invested myself.

I would tell you this. The way you treated my employees was an embarrassment and a shame. What did they do but work their asses off and revive the local business community on a daily basis (oh and btw make a game the outsold its lifetime projections in 1 year) ?

That’s for another day but I wanted to make sure you know I have heard it, and always will. That one will go to my grave with me.

At the end of the day this is becoming a cesspool of cynicism that we live in. I can deal with my issues and my detractors and haters. But some people can’t and women shouldn’t ever have to.

I grew up in a world where women were treated with respect and dignity. When did that become out of date? Obsolete? How? Why?

You want to rag me? You want to MF me about RI, about things I said when I played, about my congressional testimony in 2001? Go for it.

But you want to say and post things attacking my family? I won’t say you can’t, because I cannot stop you. But I will tell you this. I can and will find you and if what you’ve done has harmed my children mentally/physically then it will not end well. That’s not me talking trash or acting tough, that’s me, and every single father on the planet explaining how this sort of stuff ends.

I promise you even the baddest and toughest, meanest and strongest man reading this sees zero honor in belittling a minor, zero. Zero honor in sexually harassing a women.

The world we live in, while it has changed, the rules honestly haven’t in many cases. Twitter? It’s here to stay, it’s here and is part of a social network this generation has grown up with, and will live with. You can “turn it off” you can “block everyone” or say “I don’t let my kids do it”. That will not make it go away. It’s part of their lives, and by relation, yours. Go ahead, those of you that are certain your kids don’t go on. Google their names. But before you do be VERY ready to see and hear things that will stun you. It’s not, to me anyway, an offense you punish them over, but it is an incredibly important discussion that needs to happen.

I can’t believe it’s true, but it is. Kids are KILLING THEMSELVES over cyber bullying. Regardless of the psychological reasoning or arguments, do we need any more reason than that to stand up and begin to push for an end and far far tougher laws? I don’t think we do.

Anonymous is the ONLY human being, and his cohorts, on this planet that truly is anonymous. I’d have solicited his/their help but I’m praying they’re the ones to finally destroy the infrastructure of the murders overseas.

We don’t need the FCC, it’s not Twitters, Facebook, Hulu, Youtube, Instagram, Vine or any other social networking services’ fault. Human beings are at fault and there is absolutely NO reason to not hold any and every one of them accountable.

You don’t need money, you don’t need celebrity to out these toolboxes. Just a desire to take a bully in front of the public. Nothing a phony tough guy is more scared of than being outed I bet. Let’s find out.

In the meantime God Bless, and to our Warfighters God Speed and thank you. Curt

P.S. Forgot to show you internet sleuths the latest studs..

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