Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! However you celebrate, I hope today finds you in good company with a full belly. I am very thankful to be home on this weekend and to be able to stay home until next year. I am thankful that I did have the work though because of that big box you see sitting on the back on my truck. That is my new stove. They were having a very good sale the other day so I went ahead and bought it. I had been hovering over this thing for about a year now, hoping for a sale or something. It is a Whirlpool Gallery series. Not the Viking that I wish I could have but hey, it looks like a good range! lol! Now, the big push to finish my kitchen begins!!
The meat birds are growing and doing well. I am thankful that I have the land and ability to grow my own healthy, clean food. Jack sowed an adjoining pen with grass for them and they are in there today. I'll try to get some pics.
We finally took the big step yesterday and harvested the excessive rooster population here. They were just really getting out of hand as there were just as many roosters as hens. They were eating tons of food and being a general nuisance. It took most of the day but we have 12 chickens for the pot, a bunch of necks for making stock and I saved the livers, hearts and gizzards to make Chigger food. Things are MUCH calmer and quieter this morning. I think the hens are much happier now and it is much easier to keep the coop clean and orderly. We did keep this Rhode Island Red, Rodney, and one other. We'll see how they do. Rodney has a crowing disability. I like that. He basically sounds like a broken squeaky toy. We try not to giggle in front of him.
The broccoli is doing well and already starting to make heads. I have been picking off some of the lower leaves to feed the meat chickens. They LOVE them. I hope they, the broccoli, mature before the really cold weather begins because I am not going to go to the trouble I went last year, building a tunnel over them etc. For what I got it was just not worth it. I would just replant in the spring. So, there's short update for now. I'll try to post on a more regular basis now that I'm home. I've just been swamped with stuff since getting back and trying to get my head above water.