Monday, January 18, 2010

A Winter Home for the Chickens

Right before we left for our Christmas holiday, Kansas Dad built a winter home for the chickens. He thought it would be easier to care for them in the cold if he didn't have to keep moving their chicken tractor around, and this gave him more flexibility in creating some warm space for them. Luckily, they are a very cold hardy breed, so they've been doing very well in the cold.

Here's a picture of the little doorway between their inside quarters and their outdoor run.

Here's a picture of one of the three nesting boxes. All you have to do is lift the board above them to reach in and grab the eggs.

They've been laying like crazy. We get between eight and ten eggs a day from the ten hens. One of these days I'm going to remember to ask Kansas Dad to take the camera out so we can get a picture of some eggs in the nesting box.

Feel free to pass on any egg-heavy recipes you have!


  1. Here's a dessert recipe that uses a half-dozen eggs! (My husband is of German descent...)

    German Puffs
    Puff Ingredients (makes 12)
    6 eggs, divided
    5 Tb. flour
    1 Tb. melted butter
    ½ tsp. salt

    Sauce Ingredients
    1 cup orange juice
    ½ cup sugar
    1-2 Tb. arrowroot powder (or cornstarch or other preferred thickener)

    For puffs, beat the yolks of 6 eggs light, add the milk, and pour part on the flour. Beat light and smooth, then add the eggs whites, milk, salt and butter. Butter muffin pan and fill halfway. Bake about 20 minutes at 350°. For sauce, melt the sugar in most of the OJ and bring to a boil. Stir the reserved OJ with the arrowroot powder, pour in while boiling, and stir vigorously while sauce thickens. Serve generously over puffs.

    NOTE: Being unleavened, these puff up like a muffin, and then collapse into a little bowl, perfect for pouring the sauce into.

  2. Thanks, Brandy! We will have to give them a try! (Mostly we've been eating the eggs for breakfast, which makes Kansas Dad very happy. He thinks they're a great way to start the day. I'm happy, too, because he makes the eggs.)

  3. Forgot to mention that I pretty much thought this recipe sounded disgusting, but I gave it a try because I was encouraged to do so. We all loved it! And it was something I felt okay about feeding even to the baby...

    I like your winter cage, by the way...

  4. Creme Brulee is pretty easy, especially if you use the water bath method. I always make it for Dan on his birthday, it's his favorite dessert. It uses 8 egg yolks. Then I have to make an angel food cake to use the whites!

  5. I almost bought an angel food cake pan last week! Maybe I'll go back and get it with some Christmas money.

    Do you have a little torch for the creme brulee?

  6. I do and it is easy to use. We got the torch along with a little creme brulee/custard cookbook back in our engaged/newly married days. At Williams-Sonoma, even! We don't shop there anymore!

    I think you can broil them to harden the sugar topping, but I've never tried it that way.


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