Friday, April 17, 2009

Dyeing Eggs with Onion Skins

We spent the morning dyeing eggs to bring to church for Pascha (which is this Sunday). The tradition is to dye the eggs red, but there really isn't a good way to get eggs really red without using yucky dyes that come off on your fingers when you handle them. Last year we came across this natural way to dye the eggs and it's my new favorite. I've been saving onion skins for several months, and we've saved up several dozen of our own eggs just for the occasion.

Here are the eggs before

and the bags of onion skins (yellow ones)

I made the dye first by boiling the skins

Here is the strained dye cooling before I poured it on the eggs

These are the eggs after boiling in the dye

The finished product, I really like the dark reddish brown color.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Baby Chicks

We ordered four new chicks for this year. They are "easter eggers" which means they will lay very pretty blue-green eggs. As an added bonus, they have very cute puffy cheek feathers. They came in the mail four weeks ago, so this is a bit late, but here they are:

This is what they looked like when they came out of the box

This was last Wednesday, when they were 3.5 weeks old, and we took them outside for the first time

they aren't little puff balls anymore, but they're still really cute

they let the girls handle them

the girls named this one Turtle, she's the sweetest

this one is Sunshine, we think she will be white

and this is Bean

and Ivy

Anna with Turtle on her lap

The big chickens are spending most of their time in the pen we built them these days because they like to tear up the garden beds and we have seedlings in them now. :)

We are busy working on plans for a new improved coop so they will be more comfortable when they are all outside full-time.