Yes, we have more chickens….

Honestly, we haven’t lost our minds. We are just working to grow our homesteading efforts to provide more home grown food for us and our community. That effort includes raising meat birds for the first time.

Two weeks after the arrival of our 24 new layer chicks, we received a shipment of our 60 Husky Red Rangers. I’ll admit that the new arrivals have me a bit overwhelmed. We’ve had some challenges with the new chicks and we’ve had a larger loss than we expected over the weekend. We currently have 40 live chicks here after week one, and 10 of those have pasty butt.

No one tells you that, as a chicken farmer, you’ll possibly have to clean chicken’s butts, but here I am, at least once a day, doing just that. Carefully cleaning hardened chicken poo off of these little guy’s butts to make sure their vents stay clear to try to avoid the loss of more chickens.

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Chick Update and a Quest for Quiche

It’s been super busy here at Daisy Bee & the Moon Farm. A couple of weeks ago we added 24 new layer chicks to the flock. During this video I’ll be showing you our brooder set up and give you a sneak peak to the new additions.

Many of my friends have asked: what are you going to do with all those eggs? Well, I’m definitely experimenting with different egg based recipes, but a solid one is quiche. Not only can I use the eggs I’m not able to sell, but I can also clean out my fridge of any veggies hanging around. And the best part? I can knock out 10 quiche in a day and freeze them to save for those weeks I’m tired of my protein shake or for when we have visitors.

For my first attempt, I started with Quiche Loraine using pork from the pig we bought which was raised next door. Nothing really special about the recipe, I Googled for the recipe and found one by Betty Crocker and just ran with it. I now have my Mom’s recipe, so I’ll be playing with that down the road.

We had the quiche for breakfast the next day and it didn’t disappoint, but I plan to play with the recipe, including adding different ingredients.

What are other egg-centric recipes you prefer?

Our 60 meat birds arrived this weekend, so I’ll be providing another update hopefully in the next couple of days. Things sure will be busy here with potentially over 90 or so chickens