Posts by City Chickens

We are their slaves – But it’s worth it

»Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Raising chickens can be lots of fun. They do require some care but it is relatively minimal. They need less attention than a dog for instance, but can be just as much ‘pets’ as one if you let them. The more time you spend with them you will find all their little characters and mannerisms, like the one who will almost elbow everyone out of the way to get to the mealworms and other treats (perhaps I should say ‘wing’ rather than elbow?). The other hen who will mercilessly kick out every bit of straw from the nestbox after watching you carefully lay it in there. You may have one who likes to sit on your lap, and another who will dive into a hedge if you even look like you might try to pick her up. The more time you spend with them the more...

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Chicks

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Our six new chicks

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Caring for Your Brooding Hen

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Although many small flock owners choose to incubate their eggs with an electric incubator, if you have roosters in your flock, there is a good chance your hens might become broody. In fact, even without a rooster your hen might become broody (of course in that case it is a bit more futile unless you purchase some hatching eggs for her, or perhaps manage to somehow convince her to become a surrogate to some day old chicks). Some types of chickens – usually the ones intended to be ‘egg machines’ – have been bred so that they are naturally less likely to want to raise some chicks, as broodiness decreases egg production, makes hens more vulnerable to disease and detrimental behaviors, and can affect the morale of the rest of your flock....

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How to make Chicken Yakitori (Skewered Chicken)

»Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Chicken Recipes | 0 comments

Chicken skewered, grilled chicken. A common vegetable to grill with chicken is negi. Yakitori skewered with negi is called negima and is a popular kind of yakitori in Japan. Also, there are mainly two kinds of flavors: tare and shio. Tare indicates basting sauce, such as teriyaki sauce. Shio means salt in Japanese. This is a recipe to make tare-flavored yakitori. Ingredients: * 2 chicken breasts, cut into about 3/4 inch pieces * 1 medium negi, cut into about 3/4 inch pieces * 1 Tbsp sugar * 2 Tbsp sake * 3 Tbsp mirin * 3 Tbsp soy sauce * *Bamboo skewers (soaked in water to prevent burning) Preparation: Thread chicken and negi on skewers and mix sugar, sake, mirin, and soy sauce in a small pan and bring to a boil on a high heat. Switch the heat off. Grill the...

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You have to break a few eggs to make an Omelette

»Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Chicken Recipes | 0 comments

How to cook the perfect omelette 1. Use the freshest eggs you can get hold of. Nothing is better than an omelette made using your own chickens eggs so that you can have them fresh that morning 🙂 Use a non-stick frying pan. I have a nice small frying pan that I particularly like to use for my omelettes. Crack some eggs into a cup and whisk or mix with a fork. 2. Salt and pepper to taste and then decide whether you want to add filling. Things like mushrooms, bacon, sausages must be cooked before the egg mix is added. 3. Add light olive oil for cooking (not extra virgin this is too strong and seems to burn with higher eat. I like to cook my omelettes in light olive oil and butter….mmm lovely. Use a high heat to make the omelette nice and crispy at the edges....

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