Baby fever: They all want chicks!

Some people say that women get baby fever when their friends are having babies, which I think is true in a lot of cases. This same rule is true for my chickens! Since Gandalf The White decided to go broody and sit on her eggs, 3 other chickens have jumped on the band wagon and want to hatch chicks. Not only do they all want to sit on eggs, 3 of them want to sit on the same nest.

The girls sharing a nest

Somehow they seem to be working it out. They are all sitting on a few eggs and co-existing in the same nest space. Maybe they decided they want their chicks to be best friends.

Goldie decided she wants the box for herself. She is VERY protective of her eggs.

Miss Goldie sitting on her eggs. She hasn’t left the box in 3 days

 I decided I needed to see what was going on under those chickens so I candled the eggs. Candling the eggs is holding a light up to the egg to see if there is a developing chick inside.

Candling an egg

The dark part of the egg is the developing chick and the lighter part is the space left in the egg. I was so excited to see that the chicks are growing! Hopefully in a few days we will have some new guys and gals to add to the flock.

Check back in a few days to see if our little chicks hatch.

From the farm kitchen: Apple chips

I love apple chips. I could eat bags of these things. I was so happy to find out how easy they are to make at home. You can eat them totally guilt free and it’s also a great snack for the kids!

Apple Chips

Ingredients: 
* Apples
* Cinnamon

Procedure: 
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
2. Slice apples into thin slices. I used a mandolin which created uniform slices but slicing thinly with a knife would work well too. 
3. Place the apple slices on a parchment lined paper and sprinkle with cinnamon.Use as much or as little cinnamon as you like.

4. Bake the apple slices for 1.5 hours and then turn the slices over.
5. Bake for an additional 2.5-3 hours.
6. Enjoy your chips!