Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Update on the Chickens

There have been some ups and downs with the new Buckeye chickens I got from a neighbor. I gave three of them to my brother for Christmas (his first chickens) and a month or so after he had them one of them died. We are still not sure if it was some type of predator or something else that killed it. The two he has left are doing great though and just started laying the other day! He has had 4 eggs so far. 
As for the ones I kept, I am beginning to think that I got two roosters and two hens. I am still unsure on one that I think is a rooster but it looks like he has sickle feathers on his back end. Mine have not laid any eggs yet but they were a bit thin when I got them so I have been feeding them scratch feed to get them looking better and they are looking a lot better. 

The two in the middle are  my possible roosters which is such a terrible thing since my current rooster is not a very good one. I have tried to hatch eggs from his pen and they were all infertile.

My brother has a light in his pen to lengthen the daylight and I think that is what I need to get mine to start laying too. 

Here are some funny things my sister-in-law has been told since I gave them the chickens:

You'll never get eggs without a rooster.
You can't eat the first eggs they lay.
If you do have a rooster in the pen the eggs will taste funny,

Funny things my brother asked me:

Do I need a rooster to get eggs?
It is going to get cold tonight. How do I keep them warm?

My brother has his pen completely enclosed on three sides and half closed in the front. I am pretty sure his chickens are real toasty compared to mine. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine's Day Cookies

These were absolutely the BEST cookies I have ever made! They definitely take a lot longer than any cookies I have ever made too but are so very much worth it. I got the recipe here . I found it because I want to try to do some cake decorating and these filled cookies just looked too good not to try.

I pretty much followed the recipe exactly right down to putting the cookies in the freezer for an hour.
It made quite a lot of cookies and for me to get the frosting so that it was thick like the recipe said, I had to keep adding powdered sugar so I had too much frosting even after all the cookies were filled. I froze my extra frosting for next time though or for the next cake I make.

I took some to my neighbor Diane so we would not be tempted to eat them all ourselves.