I am delighted to report that we are getting more rain- nice and slow and soaking. After the awful drought in 2011, I do not ever want to complain about rain. We has also had a very dry fall and I was getting concerned. But, now we are getting some very nice rain so all is good. I was glad when I woke to rain this morning that we had got all of our animal husbandry jobs done while the sun was shining yesterday.
Of course, the kids still had chores to do in the rain and they looked like little drowned rats when they got done. But once it was done, we had a very nice day inside. Even with the rain, the chickens would have preferred to be turned loose. They love to scratch for bugs no matter what the weather. Six of the girls will go to a new home on Thursday and that will wrap up the chicken sales for now. Hopefully, when the eggs hatch in my sister’s biology class, I will have some chicks to sell.
The thing that I fine the hardest to do with the layers is cull the girls that are past being very productive. I have one Silver-laced Wyandotte that is from the second batch of chicks that I ordered about 5 years ago. I haven’t seen her in a nest box in a long time, same with 2 Golden-laced Wyandottes that are about 3 years old. The thing is that they are so pretty and I have gotten to “know” them which makes it hard to put them in the freezer. I never mind putting the extra roo’s in the freezer or a mean hen, but these pretty and sweet hens are hard to do that with. However, on a place this small it is important that everything produce. So, I must decide to cull or not to cull. Frankly, biological bug control is a benefit so I could relocate them to a new coop and let them free-range around the farm when the others are up. Whichever way I go, I will be ordering more Wyandottes for this year’s batch. They are good layers and beautiful- not to mention that they are a heritage breed and by keeping them I am helping to preserve a breed that won’t continue if small producers don’t keep them.
People often ask me how I can eat animals that we raise. Well, the thing is when you learn how the “industry” treats the animals that make their way into the freezer section at the grocery store- I have to ask how you could eat that animal and use your dollars to support that industry. I know that the animals I eat had a good, happy life right up to the end and they never saw it coming. The other thing is that on occasion you have an animal that gives you such trouble that you find yourself thinking, “I can’t wait to put you in the freezer!” Breeding stock does not usually become food so it is safe to get attached to them, the other “meat” animals never have cute names- we name them things like “Bacon”, “Porterhouse”, or “Nuggets”. By doing this, it helps keep it clear that some animals are pets the others are food. A fact that cannot be escaped is that for us to live something has to die.
In the area of homeschooling- planning for the coming semester is underway as we return to our schedule next week. Savannah and I made a trip to Athens to register her for her dual credit classes. She starts class next week, this is her last semester in high school. In just a few months, I will have two adult children and two left at home. This time next year I will be cooking for a family of four- recipes listed in those great cooking magazines won’t have to be doubled! I say that, but Jonathan is going to turn 12 and I hear that teenage boys can really put away the groceries….
The rest of the day was filled with laundry and such. While in Athens we visited with Cheyenne and has some McAllister’s sweet tea- I love that stuff! Once home, I started dinner and made Goulash. Now, it is time to call it a day.
How was your day?