Grazing chickens with cows

Chickens cleaning up spilled feed

What’s the recipe for ultra-low chicken feed costs? In the spring, at least, our neighbor’s flock barely wants to touch anything other than high-energy (and cheap) scratch feed because they have so much greenery and so many bugs to harvest out of the wild.

Feeding the cows

It doesn’t hurt that she also keeps cows, who sometimes spill a little feed, always have hay handy, and attract lots of worms to their patties. The goal is for the chickens to at least pay for themselves, and in the spring I’d say they definitely do.

Easter Egg Coloring

What better way to make a tribute to all the hens that provide us than to to color eggs and celebrate one of the great traditions of Easter!

Tip –
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to water before you bring to boil & that will help your eggs peel cleanly!

 

Chill your eggs!

We tried out an egg coloring option that involved whipped cream:

Heavily line a pan with whipped cream – YUM

 

Add food coloring of your choice – we went for a multicolor tie dye look!

 

Wash them off, lightly or more and Voila!

See the results & enjoy your Easter Eggs, whatever way you like them!

Why do roosters crow?

Crowing rooster

Did you ever wonder why roosters crow? Cliff Notes version: Their goal isn’t to wake the farmer up in the morning.

Just like the song birds who drop by your bird feeder, male chickens use their songs to alert other roosters of their territory. So we shouldn’t be surprised to find that the most dominant rooster is the first to crow in the morning, with later crowers coming in descending order down the dominance hierarchy.

But why in the morning while city slickers are trying to get a little hard-earned rest? Scientists have figured out the how of this behavior — circadian rhythms within the chicken’s body tell them when to crow, even when they’re stuck in total darkness for up to a month at a time. As for the why — maybe hens just like it that way….