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Brahma Breed Spotlight

Brahma Qualities The King of Poultry is a dual-purpose chicken and ranks among the largest chickens known.  Brahma's are very slow to mature and this has caused the poultry industry to pass them over for faster meat producers.  Brahma's are primarily bred for show more than meat or eggs.  Their heavy plumage makes them extremely durable in the northern states where they are great winter layers and produce most of their eggs from October to May. Brahma Temperament Friendly, calm, and easily handled, Brahmas make ideal pets or show fowl. Their docile personality facilitates training at the hands of their humans. The hens take good care of their chicks, but these large hens can accidentally harm hatch-lings by stepping on...

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Barnevelder Breed Spotlight

One of my absolute favorite in my current flock is Henny Penny, my Barnevelder!  She is the sweetest and quietest chicken we own and loves to be held and hand fed.  They make good parents with the chicks. Even the rooster seems protective of the young. Barnevelders do enjoy their brooding which has prompted some breeders to label the Barnevelder lazy and to recommend mandatory foraging times. A mixed breed of Asiatic and Dutch stock, the Barnevelder has adopted the temperament of the Dutch breeds over the fighting spirit of the Malayan cock. The Barnevelder lays three eggs a week, makes a good meat chicken, and has recently made a resurgence as a show fowl. Egg production in the Barnevelder has...

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Australorp Breed Spotlight

Australorps are considered a utility chicken, they usually lay 5 light-brown eggs a week and can begin as early as 5 months old.  They are primarily bred for egg production but adequately qualify as a dual-purpose chicken reaching butchering age at eighteen weeks.  Australorps are very hardy and do well in cold weather and confinement.  Australorp Temperament  Australorps cause very little problems, they are calm, friendly, peaceful, dignified, sweet and shy. They are an active chicken without being a flighty or feisty one. They like to brood, fly little, fight less, and stay close to the coop. Australorp Appearance The Australorp, has a solid black plumage with hints of green or purple hue in direct sunlight set off with a single red comb, medium...

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Egg Candling

Just what is candling?  Is it difficult to do?   Eggs are candled to determine the condition of the air cell, yolk, and white. Candling detects bloody whites, blood spots, or meat spots, and enables observation of germ development. Candling is done in a darkened room with the egg held before a light. The light penetrates the egg and makes it possible to observe the inside of the egg. The candler should be set on a box or table at a convenient height (about 38 to 44 inches from the floor), so the light will not shine directly into the eyes of the operator. In candling, the egg is held in a slanting position with the large end against the hole...

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Saturday Recipe's - Egg Casserole

Prep:  15 mins Cook:  20 mins Total:  35 mins Servings:  4 Yield:  4 servings Ingredients Ingredient Checklist 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 6 eggs, whisked 6 slices bacon, diced 2 slices bread, cubed ⅓ red bell pepper, diced 2 green onions, chopped 3 tablespoons milk ½ teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions Instructions Checklist Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Step 2 Stir Cheddar cheese, eggs, bacon, bread, red bell pepper, green onion, milk, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until well-combined; pour into prepared baking dish. Step 3 Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are set, 20 to 25 minutes....

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