Farm Animals

7 Things I’ve Learned About White Leghorn Chickens. 

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We have 6 chickens all together which are 3 different breeds in pairs, and since my mother in law didn’t buy them sexed it’s been a complete guessing game as to which are boys or girls.

When we first got them I knew exactly nothing about raising chicks. So I began asking questions and Googling like a mad woman. I had the basics of care down and all went well with that, but trying to find anything anywhere about sexing chickens was insane.

We compared size, and color, How their feet looked. Yet nothing seemed to be for certain.

The two white leghorns (which in the beginning I thought were Cornish rocks.) are definitely our favorites of the flock. They are so tame and sweet! But we’ve struggled to figure out the sex of these birds.

Here are a few important things I’ve learned about White Leghorns while searching…

  1. This breed often has larger combs whether male or female so using this method to attempt sexing early on is useless.
  2. I don’t know about all leghorns but with our two they seemed bigger than the rest at first and a bit mean, then the others passed them up in size and they mellowed out.
  3. The white leghorn rooster’s comb should stand tall while the hens tend to flop to one side. Both sexes combs can be bright red unlike other chicken breeds.
  4. The bright red color in the hens comb is said to be a sign she’s soon to begin laying!
  5. They have white ear lobes which means the hens will lay white eggs! If they are red they aren’t Leghorns and would lay brown eggs.
  6. By 5 months you should easily be able to tell the hens from the roos by their feathers. Roosters will have larger pointy hackle feathers (the feathers around the neck) and have curling of the tail feathers and also saddle feathers coming down over the back sides which also should be thin and pointy instead of rounded at the end.
  7. I could really see myself keeping one as a pet and becoming a crazy chicken lady for the rest of my life!

Cooking/Food

Food Fix Friday: Homemade Breakfast Pizza!

I don’t normally do well with scrambled eggs on or mixed in things but every now and then I like a breakfast pizza, This one I made the other day has sausage, egg, mushrooms, and mild banana oh and crumbled up tater tots!! The sauce, of course, is breakfast gravy which next time will have to be name brand. Some things don’t really make a difference either way but let’s face it breakfast gravy can make or break your whole meal. I also forgot to season the tots because I keep forgetting which kind we’ve bought!! Either way, it was pretty good. but my favorite is still the kind we use to get at the gas station! I really wish I knew what all they used. So I guess for my homemade pizza’s it will be mostly regular and white sauce pizza. YUM.

Here are a few pics before baking and after. Enjoy ~

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Bible Study, Holidays/Events

Easter Perspective: Jesus or Eggs

With a bit of research online, you can find that there are many people who do not believe that we should celebrate Easter. You will read words like Pagan and traditions of men, and if you think about it you will begin to wonder yourself which came first, the observance/celebration of Christ’s resurrection? Those colorful eggs/fluffy bunnies, lots of candy? or did false god worshipers really start it all only to later have Christians throw in Christ to make it acceptable to celebrate? Don’t get me wrong I do not believe that God is sending people to Hell for hiding colorful eggs for their children but it does make you wonder how those things came about.

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Growing up I never really knew the Christian meaning of Easter, we didn’t attend church because of my mothers upbringing with Jehovah’s Witnesses, it took her a long time to get away from all of that but I’m so glad she did it! Needless to say Easter for us was mostly about the baskets and candy and those colorful eggs. I may have heard some other things, I really don’t remember too much else. but I don’t agree with extremes in either direction. While we do need to make sure our kids know about the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the importance. Getting all dressed up and making our kids go to church because it’s Easter is just not right, especially when most of these people only attend this day and make sure they look their best and then probably won’t be seen until around Christmas which is also about the only time people want to help the poor (go figure). It’s a sad truth in America, they even make TV commercials that back it up.

What I want Christians who read this to understand is that we are the church and that it isn’t any building but is in the heart. The bible says For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 KJV Nothing here suggests of a building or specific location but anywhere at all. It is not about who looks the best dressed or who didn’t miss church this week or last. or even assuming the one who doesn’t go at all isn’t saved. Assumptions get people into trouble all the time!

If you do decide to go to church this Easter, my prayer is that you will go for all the right reasons. To learn and share the love of Christ and to remember what he did for us all. As for other religions. There are so many different kinds but always remember that no matter how many man made beliefs there may be we should always believe what the Bible says first because the word of God is always true.

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“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4 KJV

 

Jesus is Risen. Happy Easter,

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