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Once Again, We Have Chickens!

by Texas Homesteader
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Last year we dipped our toe into the raising-chickens waters.  We bought day-old chicks and raised them until fall when we sold them (we didn’t want to attempt to overwinter last year)  Oh how much fun they were to raise!  We free-ranged them and they made quite a dent in the grasshopper population and an incredible impact on the fly reduction on our cows in the barn pens.

Oh yeah, and they gave us FRESH EGGS!  We knew that as spring drew closer we’d consider again if we wanted to raise chickens.  The verdict is in: Um, YES PLEASE!

Our chicken breeder raises various breeds of chickens, so we bought laying hens. I loved raising chickens last year, here we go again! #TexasHomesteader

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Peeling Very Fresh Eggs Easier

by Texas Homesteader 

I’m preserving or using up my fresh eggs from our pastured flock as quickly as I can.  I’ve made breakfast burritos using eggs and cooked sausage wrapped in a tortilla & frozen for quick grab-n-go convenience. But I still want to make sure none of our fresh eggs go to waste.

I recently made egg salad with several of them but as many of you know, boiling & peeling very fresh eggs is a challenge indeed. I was surprised that I had no trouble at all with them. Here’s how I did it:

Trying to peel boiled eggs? Wanna know the secret of peeling VERY fresh eggs easier?? No more mangled mess! #TexasHomesteader
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Preserving The Bounty: Freezer Breakfast Burritos

by Texas Homesteader

After waiting 21 weeks we are finally collecting eggs each day from our small flock of free-range chickens.   Studies by Mother Earth News show that pastured poultry lay more nutritious eggs than the supermarket counterparts. The benefits include 1/3 less cholesterol and 1/4 less saturated fat, and also 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, 7 times more beta carotene and 4-6 times more vitamin D!

Wow, that’s a powerful nutritional punch!  You GO girls!  I want to make sure none of these precious eggs goes to waste so I’m coming up with ways to use them while they’re fresh, nutritious and delicious.

Homemade Convenience Food! I made breakfast burritos for the freezer so I could make sure none of our pastured eggs go to waste. #TexasHomesteader
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Ideal 236 Chickens – What Color Eggs Will They Lay?

by Texas Homesteader

We decided this would be the year we got our feet wet raising chickens.  We’d never raised chickens before so we bought our Ideal 236 chickens as day-old chicks back in April.  One was a banded female but we were just hoping the other two were female.

Another chicken-shopper at the feed store told us that although not 100% accurate, you could hold the chick upside down and if they struggled their legs to upright themselves they had a higher probability of being a rooster. But if they were relatively still they had a higher probability of being a hen. Using their advice, whether or not an old wives tale, we picked up three of the cute fuzzy yellow chicks.

I guess it's not an old wives tale after all, I discovered it's true you can tell what color eggs your hens will lay by the color of their ear lobes! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Chicken Update: 21 Weeks – WE HAVE EGGS!

by Texas Homesteader

Back in April we bought day-old straight-run chicks. Three Black Minorcas for their larger body frames and three Ideal 236 for their larger egg-laying abilities.  After the chicks grew their feathers we put them in a mobile chicken tractor and moved them to fresh grass every day.  The chicks grew & grew!

When they outgrew the chicken tractor we moved them into the chicken coop in our 1880’s barn.  We let them out each morning to free range and locked them securely back in the barn each night.

The baby chicks now looked like grown chickens and Interestingly enough the Black Minorca roosters have different colored cheek patches.  We anticipated they would have large white patches and one of them does, but the other on has large red patches on his cheeks instead.

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Frugal Low-Waste Chicken Feeder

by Tammy Taylor

This is our first year to explore raising our own chickens.  They have been so much fun to raise so far, and they are doing an amazing job of severely reducing the massive load of grasshoppers in our barn pasture, as well as almost eliminating the fly load on our calves when they’re confined here near the barn.  Truly organic pest control – I can get used to this!

Using items picked up second hand we constructed a large chicken feeder that doesn't waste feed. See how! #TexasHomesteader

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Chicken Update – 3 months

by Tammy Taylor

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Back in April we bought baby chicks – three Hybrid Ideal 236 chicks for their larger egg-laying capabilities and three Black Minorca chicks, a larger dual-purpose breed.  They were cute fuzzy things and so much fun to watch.  As they grew we moved them to an enclosed *portable coop in the garage. Then we moved the coop out to the yard as it warmed up and they grew their feathers.

We used that coop as a mobile chicken tractor moving them to a different area each day for fresh grass.  When they got a little older we moved them to the coop of our 1880’s barn and locked them in for a couple of weeks to help them realize this was their new home.  Since then we’ve let them out to free range every morning and we lock them securely back in the coop each night when they go in to roost.

We are raising Black Minorca and Hybrid Ideal 236 chickens and it has been so much fun. Read about our experience with them. #TexasHomesteader

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Refurbishing An 1880’s Barn Coop

by Texas Homesteader

We have really enjoyed raising these baby chicks so far – their antics are good for hours of entertainment!  But our temporary coop is only large enough for 4 grown chickens and we have 6 – and these chicks are growing fast.  We’d love for them to finally call our 1880’s barn coop their home, as it was meant to be!

We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. But steps were needed to keep them safe. See what we did! #TexasHomesteader

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Chick Update – 7 weeks

by Tammy Taylor

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As we continue on this new journey of raising chicks for the very first time, I thought it would be fun to show you how they’re doing these days. We’ve moved their small temporary coop outside but still close to the house so we can keep an eye on them.  (for those of you asking which coop we decided on, it’s this * portable coop) Although we felt we needed to fortify the coop to make it sturdier, by doing so we were able to use it as a chicken tractor & move it each day to fresh grass.

Our three Black Minorca chicks and three Hybrid Ideal 236 chicks are doing well in their portable chicken coop. Read how they're doing at 7 weeks. #TexasHomesteader

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