Chicken Mummy III: Pharaoh Kirby I
Originally, this was supposed to be a six-week long project, with us changing the salt and spice mixture each week and weighing our chicken. However, life for in the way during weeks 3 and 4, so Week Three is really Week Five. After we un-bagged Pharaoh Kirby and got him cleaned off though, he’s still pretty mushy, so we’re going to call it Week III and keep it up for a couple more weeks and see if he’ll go ahead and completely dry out.
On to the pictures!
Let me start out by saying that he’s definitely smellier this week. I don’t know if it is because we left him for longer than we should have or what, but there was some ripeness going on in that bag. I was thinking that he wasn’t slimy, but after we de-bagged, slime was indeed present. Fortunately for me, I was acting as photographer and the kids (in gloves) dealt with the body all on their own.
I was surprised at how much… mushiness was left. I really expected there to be more dried out, tough leathery skin texture, but honestly there wasn’t much change between week 2 and now. I am thinking that’s because we didn’t change the salt as necessary – we’ll have to compare for week 4 to be sure.
The boys enjoyed picking at the skin – lots of fat still visible underneath. They really got in there and examined the texture – I stayed well back from His Odoriferousness, but the boys didn’t seem to mind all that much.
We weighed him again. He started out at 5lbs. At Week Two, he was down by 1lb and he’s down again, to 3.2lbs this week. So the salt is working, just slower than I’d expected. I’m curious to try this again (maybe next year) with a different drying mixture to chart the differences.
They wrapped up by making giant soap bubbles in the kitchen. You can see the container that the body is in on the counter to the left of LBB. That’s how you know you’re a ‘real’ homeschooler, or so I am told – all the strange things that are on your counters or in your cabinets ‘becoming’.