This past week was a busy one for us. We welcomed not one, but five, brand new members into our family this week.
I have long been an avid follower of Lauren Scheuer both on Facebook at Scratch and Peck and her Blog, so when I heard she was writing a book, I couldn't have been more excited for her. I have lived the adventures of Lauren's flock and dog Marky vicariously through Facebook and her blog and could not wait to read a full-length book devoted to her chickens!
egg salad. Or if you use plastic eggs for your hunt, you can make up a bowl of egg salad in advance and even make your own homemade mayonnaise. But why stop there? When not use a bit of creativity to create some egg salad art in a spring theme for an added 'wow' factor?
This week was another rollercoaster of days in the 70s, night into the 30s and then we were surprised with a mini snowstorm yesterday! When will spring get here for good!
Last Easter I really was into trying natural dyes for eggs, see HERE and HERE and marbled eggs HERE. This year I instead decided to decoupage some eggs. The art of pysanky takes creativity, skill and a steady hand. This knockoff requires only a bit of cut and paste ability.
Eggshells can be used for so many things: in compost piles, in the garden to repel slugs or add calcium to the soil, crushed and fed back to the chickens, or as seed cups to start vegetables and flowers. They have another use as well: candle holders. These cute candles would look nice on your Easter table and are a cinch to make.
The warm sunny days are still giving way to chilly nights here in Virginia, but spring is in full force. Always my favorite time of year, now that we live in the country spring always includes baby chicks, ducklings or both. This year will be both with ducklings hatching in about ten days and then chicks the following month...thanks for stopping by to take a peek into this past week on the farm.
When our chickens and ducks free range in the evenings before dark, I watch closely to see what kinds of things they seem to like best to forage so I will know what type of goodies to pick for them when they are confined in their pen. Dandelion greens, chickweed and tender grasses seem to be on the top of their list, along with small pebbles they use as grit to grind their food. They also of course love earthworms, crickets and bugs. Another favorite is clover.
|~I currently have twelve different breeds, for a total of 21 hens~|
This week brought temperatures almost into the 70s, then not two days later some snow, and of course more mud. Through it all the chickens pecked and scratched and laid their beautiful eggs.
My husband really enjoys banana cream pie and I realized earlier today that I haven't made one in quite some time. Of course you can take the easy way out and use boxed pudding mix, but next time why not try making your own pudding using my classic recipe. It's really easy, uses fresh eggs, and of course tastes so much better than boxed powder.
If you raise animals you naturally end up with lots of empty feed bags. It's such a shame to just throw them away because they are often really beautiful, and they all are sturdy and water-resistant. I decided to try my hand at growing some shallow-root cold crops in feed bags for the first time this year.
My husband came home from doing errands Saturday morning with a dozen eggs from the local feed store. Eggs? Really? AND you paid $3 for them? Did you not notice the four dozen of our own eggs we have in the refrigerator ? Immediately evil thoughts began racing through my head: Traitor! Are our girls' eggs not good enough for you? You cheated on our chickens!!!
But then he explained that he thought it might be interesting to take a look at the local 'competition' and see how our eggs stacked up. Oh. Okay, well that makes sense.
So what do you think? How did our backyard eggs stack up to local free range chicken eggs?