Okay, if you have been waiting on the edges of your seats with anticipation, I promise to take some pictures of my chicken coop soon and give you lots of ideas just in case you should ever want to build one of your own. That is, if you haven't already gotten yourself knee deep in chickens! Of course, after seeing this coop on thefancyfarmgirl.com's blog, I just want to tear mine down and start all over again. WOW! How cool would it be for not only your chickens, but yourself to have some smashing digs like this! This coop reminds me of a chicken castle from a fairytale dream, but it actually exists. Really, it does! And you can read all about it on fancyfarmgirl's very fun blog! After seeing more pictures of it you may just want to buy a house on more land and get some chickens! Or even if you didn't want to get chickens, you might still want one of these coops just to sit for a spell on a hot summer's day drinking a mint julep as you take in the view of your beautiful vast land. Of course, you wouldn't have to do much work, because you would have farm hands to do that. You could just sit and read and enjoy! Oh my gosh! To me this coop is just that awesome! I showed it to my husband and he just gave me a crazy laugh and I think I saw sweat starting to pop up on his brow and lines of worry form around his eyes. Poor guy. I'm sure he will be having nightmares tonight about me wanting him to actually build this! hee! hee! I do always have some kind of project for him lately. So, here it is - ta da! - the chicken coop of my dreams:
Happy New Year! I pray all of you have a Wonderful and Healthy 2012! And May All of Your Dreams Come True!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
(my chicks dreaming of digging in the pinestraw outside of their pen)
This week, my husband and I repainted our kitchen. When we were done, I told my husband that I wanted to get a chicken painting to go on one of the walls. He looked at me with raised eyebrows and said, "I will not allow you to become a crazy chicken lady!" I was thinking to myself that it was already too late. And as soon as Christmas is over, I plan on looking for that prefect chicken painting!
(Whitey - with a dirty beak and beard. The hazards of her new freedom adventure digging in the pine straw and the downside of being a white chicken.)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Hello! to the readers of my poor little neglected chicken blog. I'm back! To fill you in, all is well with my chickens Blackie, Whitey, Meanie, and Baby! Blackie, and Whitey are still laying eggs almost everyday, so our fridge stays full of good fresh eggs! This is somewhat surprising considering that most chickens stop laying as the days get shorter signaling that the time of year is not really a good time to raise little chics.
Also, we considered changing Meanie's name to Sweetie. When we purchased her she was constantly attacking the other hens, especially Baby and we actually feared for Baby's life, but after a few weeks she finally calmed down and although she kind of remained a loaner (probably because the other hen's feared her), she seemed to be learning to get along with the others. I was feeling very sorry for her as the weather became colder, because she always roosted on her own roosting stick all alone while the other three always cuddled together on the other roosting stick. BUT the other night I noticed as I was securing them in their little house that she was with the other girls on the roosting stick and my heart was warmed UNTIL she started pecking the other chickens HARD until she chased them off of her stick! So, her name has remained Meanie and I don't feel so sorry for her anymore.
Another funny little thing I've recently discovered, Blackie and Whitey almost always lay their eggs in the nest box that I have one fake egg in. I wasn't sure if they had just gotten used to laying in that paticular nest box or if they laid their because of the fake egg, so I started moving the egg to different nest boxes everday and no matter where the egg is they always lay in that box. So funny!
So, the other day I tried a new recipe with eggs. My husband LOVED it and says he wants me to be sure to make it more often. I think you will find it very unique as well as super yummy and easy. It is also perfect for these cold winter days. Enjoy! :)
ITALIAN EGG DROP SOUP
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 large eggs
1/2 cup pastina or other very small pasta (I used ditalini)
1/4 to 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese (depending on taste)
3/4 bag of baby spinach coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp. pepper
pinch of nutmeg
Bring chicken broth and 1 cup water to a boil. Add pasta to mixture and cook until pasta is tender. Meanwhile whisk together remaining 1 cup of water, eggs, and cheese in a bowl. When the pasta is tender, whisk the mixture into the boiling water and reduce heat to low, keep whisking for 2 more minutes. Stir in spinach, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook until spinach is tender. Top with shredded cheese if you like. YUM!