We got four little, soft, baby chicks this weekend! It’s very exciting. We’re hoping to have our own fresh egg supply in 5 to 6 months. For now they’re staying warm under a heat lamp in the garage. In 6 weeks they’ll move out to the grand coop I’ve been building for the past several weeks. I’m still working on building the fence for their chicken run.
My kids are so excited about their new pets. They all had names before we even got home from the feed store. Snowey, Blackfeather, Aiden and Dixie. Aiden might need to be renamed since we’re hoping they’re all girls. We got Dixie the day after the first three because they didn’t have her kind at the first store we went to. I had to call around to find her. She’s an Ameraucana and she’ll lay greenish or bluish eggs…we hope. Her name is Dixie and she’s the first pet I’ve ever voluntarily gotten. I’m not an animal person at all, so this is a big deal for me. My eldest is smitten with Snowey.
I’ve been thinking about getting chickens for years. I always thought it would be so fun for the kids to go out in the mornings and collect the eggs. I’ve read up on the subject and finally took the plunge. It will be a learning experience I’m sure. But more and more neighbors have their own chickens. I’m excited to join them. Our little farm is expanding. Fresh, home-grown eggs and produce. Woo Hoo!
I also tried making my own almond milk last week. It wasn’t hard. I need to figure out a better way of straining the milk through cheesecloth. That part was a bit messy. Other than the straining, it was really quick and easy. Soak the almonds for a couple hours, blend with milk, strain and done. I added vanilla and too much stevia, so it was really sweet. I’ll probably keep buying the stuff at the store for awhile, but it’s pretty cool to have that little skill in my bag of tricks. I can make milk at home.