Monday, December 7, 2015

Bad Egg

I cracked open our first bad egg the other day. I had found it when I was raking the litter in the coop. Anytime I find an egg like that I put a big X on it so I'll know it is suspect. And don't worry, I never give these eggs away.

This egg looked like it had incubated about a week based on the development inside. And since the weather has been cooler lately, it must have incubated several weeks ago when it was hotter.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pumpkin Treat

There was one little pumpkin left over the other day from the Fall gathering we attended. So I asked if I could have it. I had read that pumpkins make a good treat for chickens.

So I quartered it and threw it out into the chicken run. The chickens loved it based on the fact that nothing was left at the end of the day except the tough rind. And even a couple of those disappeared in the night so I'm not sure what other animal enjoyed it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jacket Potatoes

We were invited to a Fall gathering the other day at a friend's house. It was a potluck type thing so I decided to take what we call Jacket Potatoes (potatoes in their jackets, i.e. skins) or what most normal people call baked potatoes.

It's not complete without all the condiments though. So I also took a block of butter, a pound of grated cheese, a tub of sour cream, bacon, and homemade chili I had made earlier and took out of the freezer. 

Sadly I had to buy potatoes (not the right season here) for $4 / 5 lbs.

I wrapped the potatoes in foil.

I buy the bacon without nitrates. It usually costs about $5  for less than a pound.

I chopped up the bacon and fried it until it was crispy.

Our favorite cheese comes from Kansas. It costs about $7 / lb.

Kerrygold butter is the next best thing to farm raw milk butter. I buy it at Walmart for about $3.50.

I transported the jacket potatoes in a small ice chest. It kept them warm for hours.