Liquid Refreshment!

In winter I get antsy when the propane supply gets low. So when Big Brother slipped me a bill this past weekend, I took the first opportunity to fill empty bottles and cans.


And also fill the chicken feed barrels…


Landlady’s pullets are growing fast, and eating in proportion. They’re getting over their ‘afraid of everything’ phase, and right now are quite aggressive with the food guy when they’re hungry. Which is usually.


And they’re starting to lay eggs! Not many yet, not very big, but they’re still babies. Barring problems this coming year will be a big one for ‘what are we going to do with all these damned eggs.’


It’s been a cold couple of nights. This morning hit 10.3 degrees minimum, which is very far from a record but still a little colder than the average winter night here. And I’m delighted with how well the Lair is doing. I’m starting to think finishing the floor was the last thing needed to get the cabin to take and hold heat well. On a sunny day the sun coming in through that new big bathroom window is enough to raise the indoor temp well into the mid seventies, and it holds that till bedtime unless the outdoor temperature just crashes. So there’s usually no need to light the stove in the evening, which generally means things are nippy when I get up but quite comfortable in an hour or less. Back when the walls were tight as a colander, there were mornings I didn’t think it would ever warm up. But I finished the walls last year and the floor this year, and so far the biggest problem is when the Lair is too warm. Which is a nice problem to have. All is looking very well.

What’s more, it appears Uncle Joel is going to spend the first week of the year – traditionally the coldest – in a city. Yup, I’m going visiting. More on that later, no doubt.

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8 Responses to Liquid Refreshment!

  1. m Ryan says:

    Good news on the egg front. It’s nice to see the ROI on the new pullets getting better. I’m with you on the propane issue. I use the BBQ in the winter and aside from using it for grilling it is my emergency means of cooking. So when crap happens and the power goes out, it’s nice to have a hot meal. Stay warm…

  2. C-90 says:

    Omletes and hard boiled eggs.

  3. anonymous says:

    How about converting some of those eggs to dehydrated (powdered) eggs. I think I’ve seen some articles about DIY off grid drying methods.

    Add an egg or two in your dog’s dry dog food dishes would be appreciated by them – just be sure NOT to add egg in front of your dogs, or they might think of eliminating the middle man. My dog loves raw egg mixed in her food – goes positively ‘bionic’ eating it up.

  4. Unclezip says:

    My Mom used to oil eggs, which she claimed would keep for months without refrigeration. Never tried myself, as I don’t keep birds. This might help with your egg abundance:

  5. jabrwok says:

    If you’re interested in electricity-free egg storage techniques, and have the bandwidth to spare, James Townsend and Son (I’ve never seen the son) has a good video on historical methods here:

  6. Joel says:

    Ben, I forgot all about that song! Took me a while to decide whether I’d even heard it. Thanks for the memory!

  7. Goober says:

    Cured egg yolks on pasta. Mmmmmmmmmm

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