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Nothing Like a Taste of Summer in the Winter!

spare ribs potato salad deviled eggs coleslaw baked beans Piece of Pie Creme Brûlée
If you ask me, nothing makes a summertime meal taste better than having it in the middle of winter.  Last night we had our dear friends Billie & Terry over for dinner and I decided to surprise them with a little taste of summer, which for me worked out well, because once again here in South Jersey we’re looking ‘forward’ to another Nor’Easter in a couple days which is promising this time to pack a punch with a good deal of snow….. uggggg….. I will stay in and look at it sitting by the fire and will stay there until its safe to walk outside. (I tend to fall, so its better that I just stay put)

Anyway, back to my Taste of Summer meal.  The menu: BBQ Spareribs, Coleslaw (I’ve blogged this before so click here for the recipe), Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Baked Beans, German Chocolate Pie (recipe & photos below) & Creme Brûlée (recipe & photos below).

spare ribs coleslaw

Okay, the recipes for the desserts are below, the recipe for the coleslaw I’ve blogged before for Memorial Day so click here.  My BBQ RIBS, I tend to make different every time, but, that being said, wouldn’t give out the recipe if I had one (some things just have to be kept secret).  I will tell you when it comes to making ribs, I personally believe that baking them in the oven, low and slow, is the way to go.  I will also tell you, I do a dry rub, turn them from time to time while baking, and I do add bbq sauce near the end.  You can use a basic bbq sauce if you like, but why not try to make it your own.  Possibly add some brown sugar, try different vinegars, etc.  Look at your bbq sauce in the bottle see the ingredients are, go from there.

potato salad

My POTATO SALAD, comes out different every time.  Why?? because there’s no recipe! LOL!  The recipe that my family loved, was my mom’s and she took it with her when she passed.  Was it written down anywhere??? NO!!!!  So, if there’s a family recipe in your family that everyone loves make sure someone writes down the recipe, another suggestion, do it before they get to old. My daughter-in-law Val tried to get my mom to teach it to her before she passed, it can’t be replicated.  It’s just possible we’re just not adding the right amount of love.  That being said, when I make my potato salad, (which my hubby prefers to eat right after I make it before it hits the fridge), I use either Red Skin or Golden potatoes I think these have the best flavor for potato salad my favorite being the golden.  My general ingredients are: boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise (a good quality mayo), salt, pepper, onion powder, a little brown mustard.  I mix the mayo with the rest of the ingredients making a dressing of sorts, taste, add flavors you like in a potato salad, I sometime add fresh chives, which I did in this one, if you have fresh herbs use them, fresh is always good.  My mom use to add celery and onion, I’m not big on either of those 2 (its a texture thing) so I don’t add them, but by all means add them if you like them!  For a treat you can always crisp up some bacon and add it in.  Don’t just use mayonnaise and leave it at that, be creative.

deviled eggs

DEVILED EGGS, okay, what I generally do, and this time I didn’t.  But generally, my deviled egg recipe is:  Egg yolks, mayonnaise, a good tasting brown mustard, pickle relish & dill.  Use your hand mixer.  Make sure they are smooth & creamy not dry and no lumps!  People won’t tell you, but no one likes dry deviled eggs.  The ones I made this time, personally were just a little too creamy  but my company seemed to love them.  Okay, amounts…. I have no idea.  It takes practice.  A couple big spoonfuls of mayo, a good squirt of mustard, not too much, you don’t want the mustard flavor to take over, about a good tablespoon of relish.  If you don’t want to use allot of mayo, use some sour cream.  Make sure your mayo is a good quality mayonnaise. ALWAYS no matter what, use a good quality mayonnaise, it makes the world of difference.  Oh, I usually use 9 hard boiled eggs which make 18 deviled eggs, most deviled egg platters hold 18.  (If you use fresh free range eggs like I do, theres a little secret for hard boiling really fresh eggs, use baking soda in the water when your boiling them, then, refrigerate them over night.  They will come out of the shell no problem). One more quick tip, if you have the time and the equipment, you can use your icing bag and tips pipe your filling into the eggs.  This is always nice for a party.

baked beans

BAKED BEANS …..okay….when I go to a picnic and there are baked beans there, I sometimes cringe.  Why?? you ask… Because they’re out of the can!  And I don’t have a problem with canned baked beans, but straight out of the can!!! NOOOOOOOO!  First of all, some canned baked beans, especially the no name brand baked beans have allot of liquid in them.  DRAIN THEM! Not all the liquid but what is swimming around on the top, yeah, get rid of it.  Now, if your using a quality baked bean, you won’t have that, if your using a quality flavored baked bean, you won’t have that.  Some juice is necessary, why?? cause your going to BAKE the baked beans.  NO STOVETOP, NO MICROWAVE!  So an hour before you need to serve these beans or take them with you, your going to put them in the oven and here’s what your going to do:
1st, preheat oven to 400°, put your beans in a baking dish or foil pan, if your taking them to a picnic, foil pan is a good way to go. If your serving them at home, use a nice baking dish, spray it with a non stick spray 1st because these are going to leave a little residue but its worth it.  Also, if you know in advance your going to make bake beans, buy a pound of bacon and depending on how much baked beans you make, will show how much of the pound you’ll need.  The bacon is the last step before baking, read on.
2nd. If you use flavored bake beans its nice to mix a couple different flavors together to complement the meal.  Now once you have 1 can or several cans in the baking dish, mixed together, taste the sauce (its still cold but taste it)  Is this the flavor your looking for?? If these are unflavored regular baked bean the answer should be NO, if their flavored I think you can still step them up a bit. Could it use possible some brown sugar?  Most likely, go ahead add some, stir it, taste it….ummmmm somethings starting to happen isn’t it??? Yup, now your not done, how ’bout adding some catsup??  I hope you have a good quality catsup, there is a difference.  Yes, add some catsup, ESPECIALLY if your using unflavored baked bean, add some catsup!  Mix, taste.  See, now, adjust your flavors, most of the time thats all I add, but you can add more, you can add some mustard, NOT MUCH, never add much, add more when needed after tasting.  You can also add a LITTLE molasses, molasses is a very strong taste so add very little.  Okay??  Flavors okay?? Next..
3rd. Cut some bacon up in 1/2″ – 1″ pieces and place on top of the bake beans.  Don’t be stingy folks love bacon.
4th Pop in the oven and bake.  Depending on your oven and the amount of liquid in your beans they could take 45 – 60 minutes to bake so allow yourself time.  Check on them at the 45 minute mark, if their bubbly and the bacon is browned they’re done.
Baked beans aren’t hard, and the little bit of extra time you put into them is well worth it.  Practice makes perfect.  So before you take them to a party, make them for your family first, they’ll be honest with you on their taste and where you might need to work on your ingredients.  You can never go wrong with extra brown sugar, you can over do with catsup, mustard & molasses so take your time and add ingredients sparingly and add more as needed.

Okay, here’s what you’ve been waiting for the dessert recipes:

4 creme brulee 12 piece of pie

CREME BRULEE (adapted from the Irish Creme Brûlée which you can find here)

1 mixture 2 ready for oven 3 brown sugar top 4 creme brulee Coffemate Natural Bliss

1 cup Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Vanilla liquid coffee creamer (you can use any flavor you want, so depending on your theme or holiday, change it up)
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks (I freeze my egg whites and use them to for recipes later on)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 tablespoons light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place creamer, cream, granulated sugar and salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Beat egg yolks in medium bowl; gradually whisk cream mixture into egg yolks. Stir in vanilla extract.

Pour mixture into five 6-ounce custard cups. Place cups in 13-by-9-inch baking pan; fill pan with hot water to 1-inch depth. Loosely cover with foil.

Bake for 70 minutes or until gently set in center. Remove to wire rack to cool slightly. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle each creme brulee evenly with brown sugar. Broil for 2 minutes or until sugar is melted and caramelized. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until topping hardens.

Makes 5 servings.

GERMAN CHOCOLATE PIE WITH COCONUT CRUST (gluten free) (slightly adapted from the original recipe which you can find here)

Coconut crust Coconut Crust  Coconut Crust Baked Chocolate Filling Hersheys Cocoa Chocolate Filling Boiling Chocolate filling in pie Topping boiling Topping ready Completed German Chocolate Pie Cutting the pie Piece of Pie

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/8 cup (I used a 1/4 then filled it half way for the 1/8) coconut oil room temperature (what happened was my pie dish was 9 1/2″ and the regular amounts didn’t work so I cut it in half and added another 1/2 batch thats why the 3/8 cup)

German Chocolate Pie Filling Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s cocoa powder it’s 100% Cacao)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk

Topping Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extact
  • 2/3 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pie Crust Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch pie dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine coconut and coconut oil.
  3. Press coconut mixture into a pie shell until evenly distributed.
  4. Bake at 350 degree for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edge begins to turn a golden brown.

Pie Filling Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine cocoa powder, coconut oil, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and Coconut milk.
  2. Place over medium heat and use a whisk to thoroughly combine the ingredients as the coconut oil melts.
  3. Whisking constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for 2 more minutes while constantly whisking.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into crust.

German Chocolate Topping Directions:

  1. Combine the egg yolks, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and Coconut milk in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is thick and bubbly.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the coconut and pecans.
  4. Let the topping cool and thicken for about 30 minutes. Then spread it over the top of the cooled pie filling.

Place the pie in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let it finish cooling.

Well, thats it for this time.  Any questions feel free to ask.  If you see a mistake let me know.  If you have a comment would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed day!

Mama Reds is Broody! & Meet the New Chicks!

Well, last you heard one of my young hens went broody, she did really well at sitting, but sometimes was off the nest too long for my liking, well over an hour a few times, more like close to 2 hrs.  So, I was nervous that nothing was going to hatch, I tried to candle them but couldn’t see anything, and 1 egg did break which took her to 4 eggs.  On the day that they we’re due to hatch nothing happened, uggg, so I texted (is that a word??) a friend, Christine, who has allot of chickens and hatches some in an incubator at times, to see if she if she had any very young chicks.  She said yes, I asked her how young, she said just hatching!  WOW!  I asked her if she had any to spare she said yes!  So, that evening we went out to her house and got 2 newly hatched chicks and brought them home.  I stuck them under my mama with no problems.  Next morning I went out to check on her and offer her a little feed and water and the 2 new kids on the block came out to her calling them.  Curiosity got me and I had to look under her to see if there were any new chicks, No. 😦  So I pulled out an egg to look at it, no pip, listened, no peeping, put it back, pulled out another, no pip, but peeping!  So I put that back and left the other 2 alone.  I really don’t like to mess with the eggs when their that close to hatching.  Later that day I went back to check on her and couldn’t bear it any longer, lifted her check to have a little look and there were 3 new chicks!  Yeah!  The one egg never hatched.  So mama has 3 hatched chicks and 2 adopted chicks, 5 in all! And here they are!

As you can see, poor Goldie has taken on the role of Great Auntie Goldie who has come to help the new mom rear her chicks.  If you remember, Goldie lost all her chicks in June to a killer skunk (see Sad Day In the Chicken Yard and Help This Is What Killed Our Chicks), Goldie has been back with the flock, but just not acting right, I’m sure she’s probably going to go broody again, but maybe now with these new chicks maybe she’ll just help with the rearing and be okay.

2 broodies

In the meantime the day before these chicks hatched Mama Reds decided to go broody, her eggs are due to hatch July 30/31 and she is sitting comfortably on 10 egg.  She’s an old pro so 10 eggs should be no problem for her.

In the meantime, I want to give you a quick update on the additions to the flock we made on June 18th (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock)   I’ve finally named them, mama is Fannie, the chicks are Lucy & Ethel, I think you can tell by the pictures which one is Lucy (the that has more red).  Last night they moved up to the big girl roost.  Mama is getting ready to let them grow up, she is already back to laying.  I find that sad when the mom leaves the chicks, the chicks are so confused.  How do you feel when your chicks are left by the mom??

Updates on Buddy’s Flock

I just want to give you a quick update on Buddy’s Flock.

 

First of all, we have a new broody!  One of my young hens went broody a few days ago.  She’s not a year yet and I wasn’t sure if she was going to hold tight to the nest.  We moved her to the broody box one night with just a few eggs, then next morning when I went to check on her, she flew out and didn’t go back.  That night she was back sitting on eggs, I left her where she was.   Next day, she was in a different nest but seemed tight to the eggs.  That night, once again, we moved her to the broody box, next morning she showed no interest in leaving.  Yeah!  So, she is on 5 eggs and they are due to hatch around July 11.  So stay tuned.

Also, I just wanted to post these extremely cute pics of our new mama (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock).  Mama & chicklets are doing fine and dandy.  They are now separated during the day from the flock because Prince Charming keeps trying to ‘woo’ her in a not so nice way.  So for the time being, she and chicks are in the broody yard.

Update on Goldie

Well, I just came back from the chicken yard.  I just let Prince Charming and the girls out to free range, while I let Goldie out of the broody box for her free time.  A broody needs to be off her nest at least once a day to eat, drink, poop and of course dust.  Goldie heads right towards her dusting spot every day and then to the water bowl and dips her feet while she drinks.  I think she’s multi tasking since she has just a short time off the nest.  Broody’s generally are off the nest no more than an hour, Goldie is usually back on the nest within a half an hour.  I also give her a handful of starter feed to get some vitamins into her.  While she’s off the nest I go in and collect eggs, so when she goes back into the coop, she doesn’t see other eggs and sit on them by mistake.  While I collecting the eggs, I took a look into her box and noticed that one of the eggs was broken open and there was a dead chick, still in the sack with a lot of yolk around it, 😦 so I’m assuming, possibly Goldie broke the egg??  So, I had to clean out the nest, when I did that I inspected the eggs and had to gently clean up a couple, I noticed that another egg was broke, so I got rid of that one and there is another that looks like its pipped but is also cracked, I did put that one back in the nest, not sure if that was the right thing to do or not, when my hubby gets home maybe we’ll make a decision to remove that egg.  So, at this point Goldie now has 6 good eggs.   The chicks are due to hatch on the 31st, I’ll let you know as zoon as that happens.

7 months old and still no feathers, but she is laying.

7 months old and still no feathers, but she is laying.

Also, an update on Fuzzy, Fuzzy is a rooster!  LOL!  His comb is now very big and he crows, that’s how we know he’s a roo the crowing.  He is still downy and limps but getting around just fine and his crow is still developing, but not too bad.

Goldie is Broody Again! and Some Updates on the Flock

It’s always so exciting when a hen goes broody isn’t it??  Maybe its my maternal side, but I can never get enough of broody hens and baby chicks!  We moved Goldie from the nest box to the broody box with 9 eggs on May 10 and the eggs are due to hatch on May 31! I can’t wait!  Goldie went broody last July and sat on 8 eggs of which 5 hatched.  Prince Charming who is now our head rooster (more on that in a minute) was one of Goldie’s hatchlings.  Goldie is the best mama hen we’ve had thus far.  In October she was still with her brood, you can see the photo of her with them here.  She actually never left the chicks, they finally just grew apart.  I can’t wait to see if thats how she is again.

Okay, I said I give you some updates, I’m a tad behind of that and I apologize.  On March 20th, Buddy and Prince Charming had a battle for the hierarchy of the flock.  Buddy lost.  If you remember back to May 4 of last year I posted ‘I Just Can’t Believe It!‘ Buddy and Reds had the same sort of battle and Reds won, Buddy got badly hurt but I nursed him back and we re-home Reds.  We shouldn’t have re-homed Reds because he won, we really should have re-homed Buddy, but I couldn’t bear to do that, I loved my Buddy, he was our first rooster and man is he good at what a rooster does.  Well, this time, we were home when this happened and my hubby separated the 2 guys.  My hubby said I had to decide what I was going to do with the roosters because they were out to kill each other.  I decided to re-home Buddy this time, he had never been the same since the last battle and I need to have a more alert rooster around here.  So, I sent out a plea to my girlfriend Sandy who has 3 chickens to take him.  She spoke with her hubby and he said yes!  Buddy is now the proud rooster of 3 hens and everyone is happy.

After that Prince Charming settled into being the head honcho and is very good at it, almost as good as his dad.  Prince Charming being a very young head rooster, he’s not a year yet, is taking very good care of his flock, so much so that ALL the hens are bald or nearly bald!  Buddy never did that, he’s very gentle with his girls.  They say a good number of hens per rooster is 9, we have 12 at this point, we re-home a few and my Lucy was one of them, she hadn’t been laying and my hubby said she had to go.  She was my girl, she would sit in my lap and just snuggle, I do miss her, none of my other hens are nearly that friendly, they all do eat out of my hand and right now only Mama (my RIR) and Saltie are the only ones I can pet.  Then there’s Fluffy.  Fluffy is now about 6 months old, she is the only survivor of 3, the other 2 were taken by hawks see my post on Terror in the Chicken Yard! Fluffy must have some sort of birth defect, she’s perfectly fine, except she does have a slight limp and she’s downy instead of feathers, she currently is sporting pin feathers on her head, we’ll see what happens there.  She is laying, so no problems there.  So, we just watch her try to fit in.  I don’t know if she knows she’s different, and of course she’s the youngest of the flock and the lowest in the pecking order and the others let her know that.  But she’s determined and she’s right there with them all and all that fluff makes her look big, which is a plus.

So, currently we have 12 hens (11 laying & 1 broody) and Prince Charming.  I hope that Goldie’s eggs hatch to be hens.  I need a few more.  If you check back on my post on Finally, We Have a Broody Hen where I tried to select the eggs that should produce hens, that didn’t work.  So, I’ll just let nature take its course.

Puppies, Chicks & a Momma Hen! Oh My!

Oh My!  What a day!

Meet Cooper our newest grand dog.  He’s about 3 months old and looks like a giraffe, but he’s a boxer pup.  So, we have all sorts of babies around here.  Cooper came back with our grand sons, while their folks were off and about.  Tyler loves playing with the kittens, thats our 7 year old grandson, Anthony our 12 year old grandson, not into cats so much, but was taking care of Cooper.

Well, we had Cooper off the leash and in the front yard, and he took off towards the chickens that were free ranging in the pines on the side of the back side of the hen house.  So, my hubby went running, next I heard yelling, so the rest of us went running.  Seems Cooper doesn’t find the kittens enough entertainment, and he saw the chicks! Yikes!

Well, he went after the chicks, the chicks went running in every direction, and momma hen came a yelling, squawking and kicking and pecking at Cooper!  He didn’t find that entertaining at all.  Hopefully he learned his lesson (somehow I doubt it).  We got Cooper back on the leash and away from the chickens, we went back to check on the chicks.  Momma Goldie was with 2 of them, my hubby found 1 and scooted it towards momma, who was not happy and clucking for her babies.  Okay, she had 3, now to find the other 2.

If you know anything about free range chicks, when danger is near they hunker down.  When they hunker down, they DON’T move.  Now you try and find a black chick under the pine trees hunkered down….ain’t gonna happen.  Took me a while I did find the other white one, picked her up and she proceed to scream her little head off.  Momma Goldie who was all the way down the other end of the pines with the 3 found chicks came running (I think she could have won a race as fast as she came, but she left the other 3).  Not only did she come running, she came ready to kill.  So, I’m trying to calm her and get the baby back to her.  When I put the chick down, it ran to hide again, and Goldie came at me one more time, in that instance, baby #4 was once again hunkered down.  I couldn’t find her, and Goldie went back to the 3.  So I searched, and searched and searched to no avail.  So I decided I’d go down to Goldie and the 3 chicks and try and herd them back to the area where the white chick was last seen.   That took a while since she was still frazzled from the whole ordeal, I know because I was just as frazzled.

Anyway, I got her and the 3 chicks to the area where #4 chick was last seen and her clucking got the chick to come to her.  Yeah! 4 chicks reunited!   Now, where is that 5th chick!  Uggggg.

In the meantime, when I was searching out chick #4 I came across a nest of 5 eggs, the girls must of been laying there on those hot days!   Egg production wasn’t down, they were just too hot and lazy to go back to the nests!

I knew that it had to be in the area where chick #4 was found, that was the general area where all the action happened, there’s a lot of brush on the other side of the pines, allot of places to hunker down, and I didn’t want to tread too far, I was fearful of stepping on the little one.  So, I kept Goldie and babies in the area.  I would walk away for a bit, then go back and check on her and the little ones.  I also said a few prayers.  I’m telling you, had to be well over an hour after she found chick #4, when I went back to check on her for the 10th time, chick #5 was there!  Whew!!!!  Thank you Jesus!  I love answered prayer!

So, if all that wasn’t enough, we go to see if everyone has come back from free ranging and momma Goldie and the 5 chicks are in the hen house getting ready to go to bed.  So, we got them some fresh water and food and just stood there to watch them.  Well, wouldn’t  you know it, I guess with all the stress she had today, she decided that it was time to take the chicks off the floor at night and into the nests where they lay their eggs (every mom has done this so far)  So, we watched, momma Goldie gets up in the nest and calls to the babies.  You can see from the fuzzy photo how they were trying so hard to get up to her.  Only one made it, so she gave up, after a bit and they settled back in their corner on the floor.  I bet tomorrow, they make it.

That’s enough stress for one day, I can’t take any more.

Have a blessed night, everyone.

Re-Homing 2 of my Flock

Well, seems Mr. Danny Boy (AKA Jr.) wants life easy, so he has starting trying to ‘dominate’ my mama hen Goldie.  Yesterday I witnessed this action and I wasn’t very pleased with him.  He’s chasing her, catching her, ‘dominating’ her, the baby chicks are being scattered, running and screaming, Goldie is screaming, not a pleasant thing to watch.  He tried it again and I threw a bowl at him.  He stopped, then when all the flock went into the yard for the evening, I shut the gate, leaving Jr out, until Goldie got her babies to bed.  Of course, Buddy was elsewhere with the flock when Jr did this, so she was unprotected, would have never happened with Buddy in the area, but mama hens generally keep the chicks away from the flock while their in training.

Needless to say, with actions like that, he’s no longer welcome.  He will be re-homed TODAY.  Sassie will also be re-homed.  Sassie is my meanest hen, she’s sassy.  She will reach out of the nest and peck you, doesn’t matter how close or how far away you are, if she’s in the nest she’s going to get you, or if you walking by the roost in the evening.  She did that to me once, got me pretty good, I turned around and gently, but firmly grabbed her by the neck, we had an eye to eye moment, she never pecked me again after that.  She now even comes to say hello to me, its all about respect and the hierarchy.  So, why am I re-homing her?  She’s 2 years old and has stopped laying.  She’s my only baby blue egg layer, so we know when she lays. If by chance she’s laying somewhere else, we’ve not found the spot.  She hasn’t laid any eggs that we know of in about 2 months.  She’s not molting, and not broody, as a matter of fact her feathers for once in her life are beautiful, since she is no longer a rooster favorite.  She was Buddy’s main girl until the Buddy/Reds rooster challenge, (click here to read I Just Can’t Believe It, about the rooster challenge if you haven’t read it already) now she’s just one of the girls.

Fuzzie

Now, the other day, my hubby was cleaning out the shed where we keep the chicken feed, so that the kittens can bed down in there at night, (By the way, my hubby is NOT a ‘cat lover’ but somehow, these kittens, if its at all possible, I swear, he loves them more than I do!)  Anyway, when he was cleaning out the shed, he found 6 eggs!  1 in an empty trash can the others all together, and no, none of them Sassie’s.

Anyway, for the time being we keep the door slightly ajar so the kittens can get in and out, works like a charm, but somehow, through the opening Fuzzie squeezes her way in and manages to lay her egg in an empty trash can!  So, the opening was made smaller.  I was just out hand feeding the girls some scratch and notice Fuzzie going back and forth trying her hardest to get into the shed.  So, I got up and herded her back into the chicken yard and closed the gate, figuring she’d get the point and go in the hen house and lay her egg…………..Nooooooooo, of course not, she just paced back and forth along the fence looking at the shed.  So I went into the chicken yard, caught her and put her in a nest that had 2 eggs and stood there, had to hold her in for a minute, then talked softly to her, then she settled in.  So that’s where she is right now.  See if she gets the point.  I’ll go back and check before I finish this post, so not to leave you hanging.

Okay, while I was busy with the water conditioner guy, she got out, the egg was laid in the trash can.  This is going to be a hard one!  So does anyone else have problems like this?? What’s your answer?? What do you do??  Do you re-home your problem chickens??  How do you retrain your girls to lay where their suppose to??