June 28, 2015 @ 8:56 PM

After converting our little red horse barn over to chicken pens, we ran out of room. Most of our chickens free range and just go in the barn to be safe and secure while they sleep, but that arrangement didn't help keep different breeds separate. Mike built this awesome new coop, 40' x 8' that features 5 separate condos.

Someone asked me what purpose the lace curtains serve. The answer is, none whatsoever. They're just there to make me smile!





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June 22, 2015 @ 3:10 PM

We're now down to 3 broody hens, which reached its peak 2 weeks ago with 10 sitting on eggs! We've got some adorable chicks up for adoption including white bantam cochins that carry the frizzle gene, mixed cochins and more. With around 30 babies to choose from there's several in any color and size. Ginger, the hen at left, sat in a nesting box with 2 other hens and all their babies hatched together within 24 hours. They did fine for a week, then the moms starting getting into spats about the best mothering techniques so I had to break them up. Ginger's mom, Freckle-Speckle (a Speckled Sussex) took 5, Olive the Serama took 5, and Ginger took the rest. Between broody hens sitting on eggs and this exhaustive heat, chicken and ...

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June 8, 2015 @ 5:21 PM

We've raised 2 flocks of quail in the last 8 weeks, adding about 70 new birds to the flock. These little cuties start laying at about 65 days old so we've really got a lot of eggs!  I was looking for some new ideas and found some I'll be trying so I thought I'd share the recipes here.

Other cultures use quail eggs much more so than Americans do so you'll find these are a nice way to add a new taste to your table!

SESAME QUAIL EGGS (from epicurious.com)

  • 16 quail eggs
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

    Cover eggs with cold water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let eggs stand, covered, 5 minutes. Drain hot water and rinse with cold...
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