It was funny this morning. I went out to feed the chickens and you've not heard such a commotion. Talk about vocal!!! Hubby said you could hear them all the way up at the house. I have been feeding them 1/2 cup of layer feed each and they are growing and eating a little more every day, which of course they would eat more as they grow. Usually when I go out in the morning there's a little left in their feeder - but not this morning. I got them a container full of feed, put it in their feeder, they put their heads down and not another sound for at least 5 minutes!! They MUST have been hungry! I'll have to start feeding them a little more. Yesterday when I went out to say goodnight to them I sat down on my stump in the chicken run and 3 chickens jumped up on my leg to say goodnight. Diana, Ms. Ruby Red and Sarah had to sit on my lap. So cool!! I actually think it was all simply jealousy!
I went out to my hotbox and tried thinning out the lettuces today and filled a big bowl full, added some dandelion greens and gave the whole bowl to my chickens. Boy oh boy, they sure did appreciate those greens. After that I went out to the herb garden and cut nettles and chives. We're having our old standby supper tonight - meatloaf, baked potato and green beans. I thought I'd pump up the baked potatoes a little with sour cream and chives. I was just talking to a friend the other night and she I were discussing how we have so many herbs, take them for granted and don't take the time to think about using them. My friends, there's nothing better than sour cream and chives and it's so simple. You can make it pretty or not but there's no reason at all for a person to have plain old sour cream or simply butter on your baked potato. Even if you're just having butter, a sprinkling of fresh chopped chives is delectable. I use chives anytime and anywhere I can use onion and then some!! Why I even use chive blossoms to decorate my table. They make beautiful flower centerpieces. Throw chives in your green salads, potato salads, egg salads, deviled eggs, pasta salads, spaghetti dishes, scrambled eggs, frittatas, mix them in hamburgers for the grill, with roasted potatoes and my most special one - put them in butters!! Yes, soften your butter and put chopped chives in along with the chive flowers too, then spread the soft butter out on a piece of wax paper or foil and put in the freezer until hardened, pull out and use tiny cookie-type cutters to cut out shapes - or - put the softened butter in a cake piper and pipe out beautiful butters then freeze. Sit them in front of your guests with a hot roll and wait for the smiles!!! You can use all types of herbs for butters. Use the Italian ones for your Italian meals, etc., etc.
Honestly!! Why grow them if you're not going to use them?!!