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  • It’s Official – Days Getting Longer

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 Dirk No comments

    OK, it’s official, the days are getting longer.  How do I know?  The girls are laying more eggs.  They are not up to their normal summertime output of a dozen eggs per day, but getting six eggs in one day is a sure sign that spring will once again return to the land.

    The last several weeks we have only had two or three eggs per day.  When I collected eggs this evening I collected six. A nice change.  I guess that the girls are happy even if yard is mostly covered in snow.

  • Chicken with Grits

    Posted on January 26th, 2010 Dirk No comments

    Normally if you hear the phrase “Chicken with Grits” you think of something that you would eat. I guess in a way it does end up being that (after their eggs have been collected). In this case this is a description of the feeding frenzy that will happen in the hen house on a cold winter’s morning.

    To help warm the chickens, improve their attitude and just basically spoil them, the chickens will sometimes get a warm pot of grits for breakfast. For those that are not familiar with grits, they are a course ground corn cereal or mush. I like mine with Frank’s Hot Sauce and salt and pepper. The chickens get theirs plain.

  • Fresh Eggs

    Posted on May 18th, 2009 Dirk No comments


    Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs

    If it weren’t for the fresh eggs, I think that I would never have free-range chickens.  The chickens seem to get into every flower bed and vegetable patch that I have.  They did in the soil looking for bugs and worms.  I like that part.  However, they dig in the softest soil which is always where you have planted the latest flowers and veggies.  Here is a photo of some of the eggs that we collect every day.

    It has been such a long time since we have bought any eggs that are commercially raised, I had forgot just how much more flavor the home grown eggs are.  I helped my friend, Jack, with a Gospel Choir Concert that he had in Ogden.  After the performance we went to get a bite to eat.  I ordered some scrambled eggs with my meal.  The best I can say for those eggs is that they were hot and a good carrier for ketchup.