Blowing Out Eggs for Crafts, Christmas Ornaments & Holiday Tableaus




Blowing out your eggs is a great way to save your prettiest or use them for craft projects.  It's easy, especially with the help of the Blas-fix kit (link to buy one on amazon.com).  You can also use a thumbtack, paperclip and plastic coffee stirrer if you wish or a Dremel tool.  If you have a Dremel, it's the way to go, it makes a nice round hole without the spider webbing you sometimes get using anything else.

Sunflower Egg Shell Cups


This coming Sunday, April 1st, we will be hosting the first annual Sunflower Sunday, and hope you'll join us!  It's easy....just plant some sunflower seeds - the only catch is that you have to plant them in eggshells.   The calcium carbonate in the shells will help nourish the growing plants and they make free, 'green' seed cups.

Vintage Spoon Garden Markers


Toss out those white plastic garden markers ! There's a much nicer way to mark your vegetables and herbs. Vintage spoons make gorgeous, durable markers to use year after year.

New Farm Chicks


Welcome to the world peeps !  

The nine newest additions to our flock all hatched over a 24-hour period this past Thursday and Friday.  We had a 100% hatch rate in the Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator in our very first ever time hatching eggs!  Maybe it was beginner's luck but I think it was more a testament to the quality products that both Brinsea and Chicken Scratch Poultry provided to us.  

Help your Backyard Chickens Beat the Summer Heat


Did you know that the effects of heat on chickens is cumulative? And that a sudden increase in temperature is more dangerous than a gradual climb. Temperatures between 55-75 are optimal, anything higher starts to cause stress to chickens' bodies. And humidity levels above 75% make things even harder on them. The added blood flow to their combs, wattles and skin as your chickens attempt to cool off reduces the flow to their vital organs.  

Doing all you can to help your chickens stay cool in the summer isn't a matter of 'spoiling' them, it can be a matter of life or death. Chickens have a hard time cooling off, so everything you can do to help them is beneficial.

Blueberry Bread Pudding - for the Chickens


Dry bread isn't good to feed to chickens because it can get stuck in the crop and cause an impacted or sour crop.  So what to do with the heels of the loaves or stale bread ?  Well, you can try my Blueberry Bread Pudding with Maple Syrup and Blueberry Sauce Recipe ....and you can make your chickens a nice treat right alongside a pan of Bread Pudding for the family.

Blueberry Bread Pudding (Chicken style)

4 pieces stale bread, cubed
4 eggs, whisked with 2T. of water
1/2 Cup blueberries (or raisins if you prefer)
Honey

Arrange bread in a small baking pan and pour egg mixture over to cover completely. Allow to sit a minute for the bread to absorb the liquid.  Sprinkle blueberries over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool and drizzle honey over the top before serving in the run.  


This is a quick, easy way to use up both extra bread and eggs. My girls absolutely loved it !  



Bumblefoot in Chickens and Ducks - Cause and Treatment



If you raise enough chickens or ducks long enough you will most likely be faced with a case or two of bumblefoot.  Bumblefoot is basically a staph infection in which bacteria enters a chicken's (or duck's) foot through a cut caused by a splinter or other sharp object and causes infection which can travel up the leg. It can also be caused by a hard landing off a high roost and tends to affect the heavier breeds. If left untreated it can potentially kill the chicken.

Selling Your Eggs


So now that the three chickens you originally raised just to provide your family with enough eggs to eat has turned into 25 laying hens because you just HAD to have one more breed, egg color or some of those adorable chicks from the feed store last spring...what do you do with all those eggs?

Doomsday Prepping - Not Such a Bad Idea

Lately we've been watching the new tv series Doomsday Preppers. At first the whole 'let's prepare for the end of the world which may or may not happen in the form of a disruption of the power grid, total collapse of our economic system, zombie apocalypse, biological warfare, volcanic eruption, nuclear meltdown or something else we haven't even thought of yet' really didn't appeal to me.  But then......I had a brainstorm.

Doomsday prepping is a wonderful excuse to get more chicks!  It's also an excuse to have a few roosters, since after all, we'll need to propagate our own flock in order to ensure a continuous supply of eggs.

We will need another dog plus some geese as an early alarm system against marauding riffraff.
~photo courtesy Marti Godwin~

We will also need some goats and cows for milk, cheese, butter and soap.

Oh, and that reminds me, I'll need to find a butter churn on ebay.

We'll need a bigger vegetable garden, so it's a perfect excuse to buy seeds and also some berry bushes and more fruit trees.

That means I"ll need some canning jars...

Stocking up on books will be another necessity since once the power goes, there goes tv and internet and I'm sure Barnes & Noble won't be open and amazon.com won't be providing door-to-door delivery any longer.

I'll need to stock up on more yarn also.  After all, I will need to start knitting socks and sweaters for us to wear.

And of course I'll need to buy a few more pair of barn boots...after all, we can make alot of things ourselves, or do without, but one thing we can't make OR do without is cute muck boots!

Maybe this Doomsday Prepping isn't such a bad idea after all...it's a great excuse to go shopping !

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Dyeing Easter Eggs...Naturally


It's almost Easter.  And Easter means colored eggs.  Of course if you have some colored egg-laying chickens, you don't need to worry about dyeing eggs for Easter, but since this is our first spring having white duck eggs, I wanted to try some.  I decided to experiment with natural ingredients for the dyes instead of using either food coloring or Kool-aid.

Its was so easy and the results were glorious as you can see !  

The Great Eggscape: Step-by-Step Hatching Tutorial


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Ever since starting to raise chickens, I had in the back of my head to try hatching eggs one day.  I have had a few broodies and figured that was the way I would go. But then Brinsea agreed to donate a Mini Advance incubator to Fresh Eggs Daily and in return I agreed to chronicle the hatch via facebook and the blog.