Chicks, Tractors and Crafts

Chicks, Tractors and Crafts Where my husband and I live and enjoy our chickens his garden tractors and my crafts I hope you enjoy

05/14/2024

Good morning he says

Brooders cleaned and ready for fresh water and feed and happy chicks
05/13/2024

Brooders cleaned and ready for fresh water and feed and happy chicks

New additionals to our flock!
05/13/2024

New additionals to our flock!

We have babies needing new coops We have buff orpingtons pullets,  black australorps pullets,  jersey giants pullets, le...
05/09/2024

We have babies needing new coops We have buff orpingtons pullets, black australorps pullets, jersey giants pullets, leghorn pullets and straight run barn yard mixes. Pm if interested

Planting goodies for our chickens 🐔
05/02/2024

Planting goodies for our chickens 🐔

05/02/2024
04/30/2024

A special puppy graduation!

This Pyr puppy boy is learning his breed specific career - taking care of his family's chickens.

Thunder is a perfect blend of friendly, fun, and knowing when to put his working hat on. Good job Team Thunder!

04/29/2024

As of May 5th our price will be $4 a carton I'm sorry for the increase; our supplies went up in price. The money we collect goes back to the birds we don't make a living off of them at all.
We hope you understand and will remain our customer. Thank you.

Kevin out building our chicken tractor.
04/15/2024

Kevin out building our chicken tractor.

We are also adding some Prairie Bluebell Eggers to the flock we need 2 names for them let us know your suggestion :D (th...
04/09/2024

We are also adding some Prairie Bluebell Eggers to the flock we need 2 names for them let us know your suggestion :D (the picture shows what they will look like as hens right now just babies.)

Here is a picture of a new breed we are adding to our flock the Salmon Faverolles! There is a picture of babies and what...
04/09/2024

Here is a picture of a new breed we are adding to our flock the Salmon Faverolles! There is a picture of babies and what they will look like grown do you have any suggestions for names?? We'll have 5 females and one rooster.

04/04/2024

This healthy egg salad recipe can be made in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove. It's a perfect BBQ recipe too!

04/02/2024

The color of chicken eggs is primarily determined by genetics. Chickens have 39 chromosome pairs in their DNA that contain genetic information. These genes define the characteristics of the chicken, including the color of the eggs they lay1. Here’s how it works:

Earlobe Color: A good way to predict what color eggs a chicken will lay is to look at their earlobes. Generally, hens with white earlobes produce white eggs, while those with colored feathers and darker earlobes tend to lay colored eggs2.
Egg Formation: All eggs start as white because their shells are made from calcium carbonate. As an egg moves down the hen’s oviduct, it squeezes against glands, and colored pigments are deposited onto the shell, giving it its final color. If the egg is stationary, it picks up spots, and if it’s moving, it picks up streaks. Different breeds deposit varying pigments, resulting in eggshell colors like white, brown, blue, and even olive-green
3. Remember, appearances aside, all chicken eggs have no major differences in taste or nutritional composition. So whether it’s a white, brown, or blue egg, they’re all equally delicious! 🥚🐔

04/01/2024

To check if eggs are fresh using water, you need to

Fill a bowl or a glass with cold water.
Carefully submerge the egg in the water.
Observe how the egg behaves in the water.
If the egg sinks to the bottom and lies flat, it’s fresh and safe to eat.
If the egg sinks but stands on one end, it’s less fresh but still safe to eat.
If the egg floats to the top, it’s old and not safe to eat.

04/01/2024

How to Wash Farm Fresh Eggs
Wash eggs in warm water at 90 ° and 120°F. Rinse the eggs under 1. warm running water. The warm tap water will draw out any dirt and bacteria from the shell; cold water can cause bacteria to go below the surface of the eggshell. Avoid any cleaning agents such as bleach, soap, or detergent. Eggshells are porous, so any chemicals will pass through the shell pores into the eggs.
2. Dry the eggs. Use paper towels to carefully dry the eggs.
3. Store the eggs in the refrigerator. Store the eggs in an enclosed container in the fridge, so they do not lose moisture or absorb any odors from the refrigerator. Preferably, you should store eggs in an egg carton to prevent broken eggs. Refrigeration also reduces the risk of salmonella, which can cause food poisoning

Thunder at Puppy Class during play time.
03/28/2024

Thunder at Puppy Class during play time.

Tumbler I made last night.
03/23/2024

Tumbler I made last night.

03/18/2024

FARM FRESH EGGS VS STORE BOUGHT
If you ever get the opportunity to, crack a farm fresh egg next to a store-bought egg. There’s a good chance the farm fresh egg will be vibrant yellow while the store-bought one will look dull. If the egg came from free range chickens, it will probably be even brighter. The color alone should tell you how much better farm fresh eggs are.

The good news is that they’ve done studies on farm-fresh eggs vs store-bought and discovered that the farm-fresh ones have less cholesterol and saturated fat than the stored eggs. They also contain more vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids and we all know how important those Omega 3s are! So, bottom line, buy your eggs at a local farm or get yourself some chickens if you are able. There are clearly many farm fresh egg benefits!

03/18/2024

SHOULD YOU WASH FARM-FRESH EGGS?
For some, this is going to sound gross, but the truth is, it’s better if you don’t wash them. When chickens lay eggs the eggs come out with a coating called the “bloom”. This “bloom” helps keep out some of the bacteria. When you wash the egg, you are washing some of that protective coating off. You can wash them right before you use them if need be, but until then, pass on the washing.

However, if you do wash them, you may wonder how to wash farm-fresh eggs. When washing farm fresh eggs I generally put them in a bowl of warm water and use a cloth (designated for chicken eggs – don’t want to use THAT one on my dishes after) to wipe off all the mess. Then I rinse them under the tap, dry them off, and stick them back into the carton to go into the fridge, which leads me to the next point.

SHOULD YOU REFRIGERATE FARM FRESH EGGS?
One of the most popular questions people have when they get their first batch of eggs is, “do farm fresh eggs need to be refrigerated?” I know I asked that the first time I got myself some of those delicious nuggets. You can refrigerate them, but you don’t need to if you are going to use them relatively soon.

However, if you want them to stay fresh longer, store them in the fridge. I adore storing my eggs on the counter because I just think they look so pretty in the basket. There is ONE exception to this though – if you wash them stick them in the fridge. The eggs have what’s called a protective bloom that helps them last longer but if you wash them that will no longer be there. You should only leave the eggs on your counter if you haven’t washed them.

HOW LONG DO EGGS LAST?
You can find out if an egg has gone bad. Learn how to test eggs with this easy egg test. Fill a bowl with cold water, put your eggs in there, and watch if they sink or float. If they float to the top they are definitely bad. If they sink to the bottom they are fine to eat. And if they stand up on their end from the bottom of the bowl they aren’t super fresh but still fine to eat.

But, aside from testing if they are good or not, how long do farm fresh eggs last? Farm fresh eggs taste best when eaten within about two weeks, but often can last for four weeks. However, I always like to check them with the above method when they’ve been sitting around for a few weeks. No one likes to eat a really old egg!

03/16/2024
Tuesday's collected eggs.
03/14/2024

Tuesday's collected eggs.

It's time to get those garden tractors serviced and ready for mowing!
03/11/2024

It's time to get those garden tractors serviced and ready for mowing!

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Elkhart, IN
46517

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