Meat Chicks Update + Coop Tour


Last Saturday Gabrielle and I moved the chickies out of the pool and onto the floor. Because we are getting another flock in about two weeks, we moved this present flock onto the newer side of the coop because we wanted to keep the older side for brooding. The older side of the coop is more insulated and will keep the chicks warmer during their first week; the newer side (with the new floor) is better suited for the older chicks.

It didn’t take long to set up the new pen and move the chickens; after they had settled in, we cleaned the pool and swept the floors. The coop still looks messy–there are feed bags, blocks of wood, the grates, drivers, and tools– but I thought I’d show you pictures of the coop now because otherwise I might never do it!

When Dad and I were talking over the plans for the coop this spring, I really wanted something more permanent. But we soon realized that that wasn’t going to work this year. The coop needs to be sheltered and warm for the spring months, and then in the summer months it needs to be more open. With this in mind, we knew that we would have to redo parts of the coop during the summer. For the spring months we built a plywood front  with a door on each side. We also built an overhang that shelters the front from the rain and a little from the wind. This has worked well, and it should be fairly easy to take down when the time comes.

Like I have mentioned before, there are two sides in the coop; we built a divider with a small door to separate the pens. Dad wired the coop, so we have outlets and lights- pretty ritzy! hehe 😉



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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for Breakfast


Muffins are an excellent breakfast, especially when you boil up some eggs to go alongside them : ) A long while ago I made banana chocolate chip muffins to use up some over ripe bananas. (Isn’t that the reason everyone makes banana muffins or bread?!)  I nearly burnt the underside of the muffins because the oven temperature wasn’t adjusted right. But, thankfully, I caught them in time, and we didn’t need to destroy the evidence too fast. hehe.

I love how muffins can be served as a breakfast or a dessert : )

Here is the recipe, in case the bananas sitting on your counter are getting over ripe too

Banana Chip Muffins

3 ½ cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

2 eggs

½ cup oil

½ cup milk

2 cups mashed banana

1 large spoonful sour cream
Combine first five ingredients in large bowl. Make well in center. In a medium sized bowl, mix oil, milk, and bananas. Pour into well. Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin tins ¾ full. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes, then lower temperature to 375° and bake for 15-20 minutes.   Yield: 1 dozen jumbo muffins



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Reuben Cabbage Soup


After St. Patrick’s Day, Mom made a delicious Reuben cabbage soup to use up the corn beef that was left from sandwiches. It was amazing soup, and definitely one of our favorites now. I want to share the recipe with you even though it has been two months since St. Patrick’s Day! But you don’t need to wait until next year to make this soup, especially if you are of Irish heritage 😉

We have only made the soup once so the ingredient list isn’t perfect. At least it will give you a faint idea of how we made it though.


Reuben Cabbage Soup

1 small cabbage, chopped

1/2 pound corned beef, chopped

4 red potatoes, quartered

Chopped green-tail onion

Add chicken broth until you reach a soupy consistency (maybe 6 cups)

Season to taste with salt and pepper


Mix together and cook until the potatoes are tender.  Serve with crackers and swiss cheese.



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Meat Bird Chicks


This morning Gabrielle and I got our first batch of meat bird chickies! The chicks are doing good; eating, chirping, and bumping each other over in their hurry to get to and fro.       The weather is quite cold and windy, but so far we have been able to keep the coop warm and the pool temperature at ninety degrees. The pool is keeping its heat well, but the coop isn’t since it is not insulated. We’ll just have to keep a close eye on the chicks, because if they get cold, they will trample each other for space under the heat lamps.

We have been working hard the past week to get the coop ready for the chicks. Gabrielle and I have learned a lot (it feels like that, at least!) from Dad as we have watched and helped him build a front for the coop, walls inside it, as well as wiring for outlets and lights. Last night Dad and I finished the side of the coop that the chicks are now on; all that is left (for now) is to complete the dividing wall on the opposite side of the coop.


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