Lately, we've been trying really hard to eat better, not waste as much food (overspending on perishables), and actually cook. I would like to tell you it's super easy & cheap..but it really isn't any more expensive to eat healthy then it is to eat junk...it's the trial and error process of figuring out what… Continue reading Meal Prepping – Waste Not Want Not
Just 2 days until we butcher the meat chickens. And what more appropriate timing that the day after Thanksgiving? Fresh chicken meat is something to be thankful for. I'll admit, I didn't think I was cut out (get it...cut out) for this when we did processed the first bunch last spring. But really, it's not… Continue reading Butchering the meat chickens- 2 days & counting
As promised, here is a weekly update on the meat chickens. They are entering their 4th week of life. They are growing super fast & are U-G-L-Y....You spelled that out didn't you? 🙂 We've only lost 3 out of 50, so that's more encouraging than the last time (3 out of 30). And despite a… Continue reading Meat Chickens- Week 4
A few weeks ago I posted about building the coop for the meat chickens. They arrived & I posted about it on Facebook, but I forgot to here. So now, today the baby chicks are starting their 3rd week of their very short life that will come to a close the weekend of Thanksgiving. If… Continue reading Meat Chickens- Week 3
Good Broth can resurrect the dead- South American Proverb Up until this year I hadn't dreamt of making bone broth, much less consuming it. When we butchered & processed 27 meat chickens this past April, I specifically requested that I get to keep the necks & random boney/cartilage parts for broth making. I didn't keep the heads… Continue reading How To Make Bone Broth
We spent this past Sunday afternoon building a chicken coop for the meat chickens (off-site from our house in the city). "Why?", you ask. Because all the cool kids are doing it. Just kidding! Really it's because we're getting 50 day-old Cornish-rock meat chickens to raise & butcher. And apparently that is a few too many chickens for my backyard… Continue reading Building a Chicken Coop for the Meat Chickens
"Dang it" doesn't even hit the tip of my frustration. I let the chickens out of their pen this morning, trying to let them eat more greens, bugs, etc. Trying to let them free-range. Trying to let them be in their "natural" environment. Lets just say that free-range chickens and our dogs don't mix. I… Continue reading Two birds down. Dang it.
A little bird must have told Pat that it's gender wasn't obvious, because last night I caught Pat acting like, well, a dirty bird. I thought one of the hens was being attacked, and truthfully she was. Bless her heart. Poor girl wasn't having any part of Pat's shenanigans. Pat will be leaving us… Continue reading Pat, you dirty bird!
In case you didn't know, chickens are the gateway drug to homesteading/farming/sustainability. Really. It's true. You'll be gardening, canning, & dehydrating before you know it. And let me start by saying that I didn't always have a love for chickens. I have always liked fried chicken, but the feathery thing with claws? Not so much.… Continue reading The “Girls” & “Pat”