This has been a crazy busy week! It is a short week for the children because they have today off for a Teacher work day, but I think all the teachers tried to cram the work into four days, especially homework! In addition to this, my husband and I are building a BIG chicken coop. Not industrial sized big, but to me, it seems huge.
As many of you know, we are big into organic gardening, preserving our own food, and eating off the land. With four children, it really started off as a way to save money, but has grown into a passion of mine. So, we are expanding to raising organic, free-range chickens. I am super excited to provide eggs that I know are chemical, hormone free to my children, and hopefully I will eventually get to sell some eggs as well.
To start off with though, we are getting 8 three month old hens that just started laying and one rooster. They aren't "easter eggers", but they lay a light pink colored egg, per my husband and the man he works with who raises them. I can't tell you the wonderful uses for eggs. As a baker, I can easily go through a dozen in a few days, and of course, the kids love them devilled, scrambled, hard boiled, and pretty much any other way, even though I do try to monitor how many they eat in a week.
We were supposed to get them last night, but we just aren't quite done with our structure, so we are getting the chickens next weekend! My children have no idea how blessed they are to have all of this "country" knowledge as people call it. They will know how to garden so they will always have an abundance and variety of fresh food, know how to raise organic animals, and basically be self-sustaining if the need ever arises! I will keep you guys posted when we have the structure done and our new "pets" have come home! In the meantime, I am hoping for a quiet relaxing weekend while DH works 36 hours.