Let’s start off with this vegan burger. Amy’s veg burgers are super cheap at Grocery Outlet if you have one. I love the potato bread buns because they are soft and doughy. I then load up the burger with avocado, butter pickles, tomato, red onions, vegan cheese if you like, and lots of sauce! Oh boy!
You can make your own healthy fries with Idaho potatoes cut up like steak fries and bake with olive oil and salt. Another oh boy!
Did I mention that along with the health benefits, it’s also inexpensive compared to McDonald’s. Unless you do the dollar menu…but they don’t have that now, it’s the two dollar menu. And you pay extra for a vegetable.
My hens are doing great despite my nervousness. They laid an egg on the way home from Animal Place the first day and gifted me with 4 eggs the very next day with us. I gifted them with a whole head of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, carrot and broccoli scraps, along with the crumble. We are having another heat wave in August (that is when I wrote this obviously) and I have taken to going out and misting my girls periodically. They love it. They have a shade tree and under the coop is cool but it’s 104 today.
I have some great new blogs I’m enjoying:
Then there are all my new urban farming sites I’ve joined and am learning so much on:
I’m learning from these sites, blogs, and library books, of course. It’s fun. It’s such a joy to see my garden sprouting, to see my chickens getting healthier each day, to see fruit growing on my new trees. To become more self-sufficient each year and paying less and less for food. But most of all it’s healing and creative. I enjoying watering in the mornings with my coffee and thoughts, the birds chatting above my head.
Another book that is really informative from the library (but I may have to buy)
It’s another heat wave and I just got my sweet hens. They are Leghorns and able to withstand the heat. Still, it’s 108 today. I have found a few things to keep the chickens from expiring on me.
- Wet the ground under the coop to create a coolness from damp combined with shade.
- Mist the hens with a hose nozzle on mist. They love this and stand in it for long periods of time. They quickly stop panting and having their wings out as they cool quickly from the cool water mist.
- Have their pen under a tree or several trees. It’s cruel to just have animals in direct heat. I see poor cows out in pastures with out shade and it makes me so mad.
- Create shade. If you don’t have a tree make a gazebo or pergola.
- Have a lot of cool water. The chicken experts say put ice in the water or throw out ice cubes and they get cooler pecking and drinking from them. Frozen packets of veggies or corn.
- Cold water melon, rind and all. Put this out to hydrate, cool, and entertain.
- Cool the area around and under the coop at night when it’s still hot. I water the lawn around the coop and right under to create a cool down in the evening as well as through the day. Some times the nights to cool down so well.
I’m sure everyone knows this hen care but I’m a new mother so I’ll think I’m brilliant many time through this growing period.
My girls have only been with us a couple days but they are already following me around because they know that I’m the great hen Mother. I just love these birds already. They are looking a bit cleaner and perkier. They were up immediately upon sunrise unlike the first morning when they slept in. They didn’t bicker today so I guess the pecking order has been established. They gifted me with three eggs today. The yolks are a bit pale but will be orange soon with all the bugs. We gave them more scraps and fresh escargot this morning.
Cast Iron Skillet Care
Now is not the time for seasoning the pans, however, when fall comes and the baking and casseroles begin, that is the time to grease up the pans and put them in the oven with the bread and tuna casserole.
Rock salt is great for cleaning an iron skillet. I use scrub pads but never soap.
Let’s look forward to fall!