Remember I said that Mother Nature just couldn’t quite make up her mind?  Well this week she took it to a whole new level.  Wednesday was quite interesting. In the morning there was a light snow covering then it melted, and then it snowed like crazy, and then melted.  This went on all day.  Finally today there was no snow only a few remnants but it was only 38 degrees.  Who knows tomorrow it might be 70 degrees!!  Hopefully our little winter replay didn’t do much damage to the buds that have already emerged.

 A snowy view from our front door 

We had a wonderful Easter holiday.  Chad & the girls dyed the eggs, unsupervised!  I always know something is up when they are all huddled around him giggling like crazy and checking to see if I’m looking while making breakfast.  When I walked over they were mixing colors and making some of the funkiest looking eggs I’ve ever seen. I’m glad they had fun!   I did come across an awesome recipe for French toast like at Denny’s restaurant over the weekend.  I’ll put it at the bottom of the blog so you all can try it too.  It is delicious!!  A thought did cross my mind while eating all the delicious food over Easter.  I need to get my hands on some small eggs; I’m assuming Bantee eggs would be a good choice.  I think they would make awesome pickled eggs.  I imagine there is someone out there that does this all the time. I’d like to hear from you.   

 The Girls on Easter at my Mom and Dads 

A combination of the coldness and Chad going back to work has put a slight hold on the coop progress.  We haul coal and things have been a bit slow.  I’m not going to blast any political views in my blog but I must say that I am a coal and timber girl through and through and I’m not afraid to shout it from the roof tops.  Anyway back to the coop.  The walls are on we just need to get the strips tacked on to cover any gaps between the boards and the roof.  I think we are going to put one piece of the translucent sheeting in to create a skylight.  One more, non-freezing day and we’ll be ready to do the inside.  I can’t wait to get the ladies and the broilers into their new home. 

 The Building Crew 

4/15/2012 1:02:57 PM

Jessica, this bipolar weather cycle that started last year has intensified this year with even bigger temperature swings. Everywhere in the country has been touched by the odd weather. It sounds like you are figuring out how to raise chickens. I've found that I can read all the books and get all the Internet help and it all seems to be so easy to do until I actually start the process. Things just kind of pop up that weren't talked about in the books or on the Internet. To run a homestead creativity and problem solving are qualities high on the list of skills needed. From your post both you and your husband have those skills and will do well. Have a great chicken raising day.

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