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Chicken Hatch Part 2

Chicken Hatch Part 2

We candled our eggs over the weekend... but didn't really see what we had hoped to see.  They looked like they had something dark attached to one side of the egg but I couldn't see any blood vessles or embryos.  I will check again soon.  We're not giving up yet!

Home Buyer Education Class

Home Buyer Education Class

Chicken Hatch Part 1

Chicken Hatch Part 1

We acquired 6 fertile eggs from our neighbor!  We moved our broody into the garage in a nice warm box with straw and a heat lamp.  We hollowed out a nest for her and put the eggs into it.  Then we placed her on top of the eggs.  In about a minute she sat right down and seemed VERY happy!  We also placed food and water in the box so she can have easy access to that.  Ever since then she has been faithfully sitting on those eggs!   We're so excited!  It takes 21 days to incubate the eggs but we will know more in about 5 days when we candle the eggs.   That is we shine a light through the egg to see if it is developing.  More on that in the next post!

Fresh eggs make great home made pasta!

Fresh eggs make great home made pasta!

When you have laying hens you quite often end up with extra eggs.  We like to make home made pasta using a roller machine and we've found that fresh eggs make the best pasta dough!  The dough is much more supple and cuts better with fresh eggs!  We made raviolis with this dough and they were fantastic!

We've got a broody hen!

We've got a broody hen!

We are so excited to report that we've got a hen that has gone broody!  What this means is that her mothering instincts have kicked in and she is nesting even though she doesn't  really have any eggs to sit on.  A broody hen will sit and sit all day long in one place only moving occaisionally drink and eat and then it's right back to the nest.  During this time she will not lay any eggs.  This is not necessarily desirable if egg production is your goal and so most hatcheries attempt to breed "broodiness" out of their chics.  Every now and then however the instinct seems to slip through!  Actually I think it is kind of exciting!  If I had fertile eggs we could hatch out chics!  One needs a rooster for fertile eggs but my neighor has a rooster and therefore fertile eggs.  The interesting thing is that a broody hen will accept eggs that do not come from her.  She will faithfully raise the chics as if they were her own.  In fac

Easy Valentines Day dishes for your sweetheart

All right folks, Valentines Day doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. Yes, the pressure is on for us to perform well, but you can do that on a reasonable budget. Here is my suggestion, make your partner a great meal at home. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are a few of my favorite dishes that are quick, easy, and delicious (easy on the budget too). 

Now these might not be the most romantic dishes (and to be honest I’m not sure what makes the actual food romantic), but cooking for your partner is romantic. It’s especially romantic if you’re not the one who usually does all the cooking (and if you don't let them watch you do the preparing). These recipes are as easy as it gets, and cooking is all about the presentation. So while these recipes may look like the easy way out, make the final plate look nice. 

No-fry stir-fry (feeds two)

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Real Estate Thursday: Maine To Receive 21 Million Dollars From The National Mortgage Settlement

Real Estate Thursday: Maine To Receive 21 Million Dollars From The National Mortgage Settlement

 

This blog is taken from the www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com website that goes into great detail regarding the settlement.  My goal was to get the information out to those that may currently be underwater on their mortgage as there are streamlined solutions in place to assist homeowners through the settlement.  This blog is not a full explanation of the settlement.