Back In Business

Rose in the coop after laying her egg. Notice the egg on the top shelf.

This morning, Alex and I woke up to the sound of a chicken squawking. We thought something was wrong so Alex ran out in his boxers and noticed that Rose AKA “Ugly” was making all the noise. Everything seemed fine though, and all the other chickens were worm hunting around the yard so we thought nothing of it.

Later on around the kitchen table, we noticed Rose had gone into the coop alone. That’s when it clicked: “I bet she’s going to lay an egg!”

We waited while she did her thing, then Alex ran out to pick up the egg.

It was smaller than it used to be, but that’s to be expected. We broke out the frying pan, cracked the egg and made ourselves a mini sunny side up breakfast snack. Delicious!

Hurray! Our hens are back in business!

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Great Egg-spectations

There’s nothing better than a fresh egg from your own backyard. Unfortunately, it’s been months since my hens have last laid an egg! When hens start brooding, they stop laying eggs and it can take over four weeks after the chicks hatch for them to start laying again. Normally I would call my friend who also owns chickens, but his aren’t laying either. Over the summer, while his chickens were out of the coop and free ranging in his yard, a fox came through and attacked them. The ones that survived have been so stressed out that they’ve stopped producing eggs.

There are endless ways to enjoy fresh eggs: sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, poached, boiled, or maybe in an omelette, frittata or quiche. I love them all but when I’m most craving a fresh egg, I usually like it between an english muffin with ham and cheese; so delicious!

I was looking through bookmarked recipes and fell upon the last recipe I made with fresh eggs. It was awesome so I thought I’d end this post and share the recipe with you!

Asparagus Frittata

Curtosy of Canadian Living

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 cups trimmed asparagus, chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Preparation:

In 9- or 10-inch nonstick overnproof skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook asparagus, red pepper, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.

In bowl, which eggs with milk. Stir into asparagus mixture; sprinkle with feta cheese. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until bottom and side are firm but top is still slightly runny, about 7 minutes. Broil until golden and set, about 1 minute.

Meet The Flockers

Without further delay, I’d like to introduce you to the family.

April AKA “La Grosse Grise”

April has been around from the start. She was born in April (haha) 2009, and came to live with us in June of that same year. April is a Barred Rock laying hen and she has quite the personality. She can be stubborn, but when she feels like it, she can perform tricks and is very friendly.

Rose AKA “Ugly”

Rose is a newer addition to the family. We received Rose in May 2010, from Anzil’s English Setters, located in Hanmer. Rose is either a Lavender Cochin hen or a Cochin/Faverolle mix. She is the reason why we have little baby chicks. In July, we noticed that she was constantly brooding over her unfertilized eggs so we decided to go back to  Anzil’s and get nine fertilized eggs. We switched them with the unfertilized eggs and about 30 days later they began to hatch.

The Chicks

Here are our babies. All nine hatched, which was unexpected. We have a mix of Golden Silkies, White Silkies, and Golden Laced Polish chickens. It’s too early to tell which are female and which are male. We plan on keeping them all through the winter but eventually the roosters are going to have to find a new home. We have a few prospects; a couple of our friends have farms or land. Until then, we will enjoy their cuteness!

Hello world!

Welcome to the coop!

My name is Janie and my boyfriend Alex and I are the proud owners of two hens and nine baby chicks. Here you’ll be able to follow our experiences with them.

Raising chickens in the city is a very beneficial past time. Not only are they cute but chickens also provide fresh eggs, natural fertilizers for the garden, and much more. I don’t recommend keeping roosters though, especially if you have neighbors.

We’ve had the hens for over a year now, but the baby chicks were born on August 30th and boy are they growing fast!

Stay tuned to meet the flock…