Survival of the Fittest
March 18, 2011
The two little owlets have died. These two were much, much smaller than the other owlets and came from eggs that were about a third smaller than the other five eggs. So here is an update. Molly laid seven eggs, five large and two small. Four of the large eggs hatched while one just disappeared. We assume Molly ate it but since we did not see the event we are not sure. We just know the egg disappeared. To our surprise the two small eggs hatched but the little owlets didn’t seem to grow or develop as they should have and we had concerns they would survive but after several days of them holding their own I reported, “We appear to have six healthy owlets but two very small ones.”
Again, I noted their small size and their non-development compared to the other four owlets. What is interesting is they seemed to be getting plenty of food, Molly was feeding them and they were bouncing around but they were just not developing for their age. For example, the two little owlets did not develop their little downy feathers like they should have to keep themselves warm and after almost two weeks they were still almost naked. We think this lack of warmth may have been the contributing factor in their deaths. They were alive when we went to bed and they were deceased when we got up the next morning.
The good news is Molly still has 4 healthy owlets, which is very normal for a barn owl hatch of six eggs. In most owl broods not all the eggs hatch and not all the little owlets make it to fledge. That is nature and survival of the fittest.
One of Austin’s customers got a surprise when she opened her order for a pair of sun glasses. She got the pair I wore on the Molly Special.
I got my sunglasses yesterday and just laughed out loud when I read the post it note in the box saying that these were the same glasses Carlos wore on the March 7th hour long broadcast. I was watching the show and when he put on those glasses I said out loud to myself, “Those are the same as the ones I ordered.” Ha! Little did I know that those were the ones I was going to get. Fun!
Thanks guys and good luck on your business. I LOVE my sunglasses – they are the “coolest.”
Austin has also posted a video of him and his friend painting his company logo on the wall of his bedroom. Check it out and join the experiment and have some fun. Your photo can be posted with the “Cool People.” All you have to do is to send Austin a photo of you wearing his “Cool Sunglasses” and he will post your picture for the world to see just how cool you can be. Seriesoffour.com
We completed the final walk though of our motor home today. We will be taking a short trip this weekend and if all goes well, we should be on the road before the first. All we are waiting on now is the Canadian weather to get a little better. We have already received word that the cherry blossoms are blooming. And yes, I plan to post photos of our trip.
All the best,
Carlos, Donna and Austin