My first try raising chickens ended in..................many, many, tears. I had started with 6 chicks. I raised them by hand. When they were about 5 wks old they stayed in an old truck cap my father had gotten at a 4-H auction for around 15 dollars. That worked great as a shelter until they were about 12 weeks old then they got to tall and we had to move it to often. The thing was really heavy. My husband made this great chicken tractor for them and they loved it. It was also easy to move. Around 20 weeks just like the book said they started laying wonderful Brown eggs. I was so excited
Then we went away for Memorial day. Upon our arrival home I ran to the tractor only to find them all dead............a fox.
Well this March I tried again. Raised them by hand and then used the chicken tractor but kept it closer to where the dogs were. That worked great. My husband (he is so handy and wonderful) built a great chicken house and run. I now have 25 wonderful heriloom chickens and they will be a year old on March 21!
SO what to do with all the eggs. We get over a dozen a day. When our CSA customers start getting thier share they will each get a dozen.
If you have a Kindel down load the free book Many Ways for Cooking Eggs. It is a great book with many versions of egg cooking.
Here is a recipe we are having tonight.
Crab Dip Quich
1 Onion chopped
2/3 pack cream cheese
1/2 lb crab meat Can use canned crab
1/2 cup Milk
Old Bay Seasoning
1 uncooked pie crust.
Spread the pie crust in your pie plate and set aside.
Saute onion till translusent, add 1 tablespoon ( more or less to your taste) to the onions, then melt the cream cheese in the skillet, add milk till the mixture looks like a smooth dip, remove from heat and mix in crab. In another bowel beat eggs to well mixed and then combine with crab mixture and pour into pie shell. Bake at 375 till brown about 35 mins.
When buying eggs the best are those pastured. Mother Earth News has a great article on why pastured ( able to roam and be grassed feed) are a better egg.
Well enjoy those eggs. And remeber we only have one CSA share left!
Posted by Patricia
@ 05:59 PM EST