This weekend marks the beginning of summer! Woot!
Friday evening will kick off the swimming season at our pool and we’re looking forward to it! It’s going to be in the 90′s all weekend, excellent pool weather!
We’ll be busy with another family birthday and graduation as well! I am looking forward to making memories with my family and relaxing just a bit!
Before all the busyness begins for the weekend, I’ll be taking my first batch of meat birds to be processed. I must say that I am ready to be finished with these gals. It’s been quite a learning curve, that’s for sure.
Meat chickens are very different from layers! They are, frankly, not very enjoyable. Aggression has been a constant issue, I’m taking 4 meat birds that only have one wing, due to fighting among them. (I’ll spare you the pictures)
My birds aren’t going to dress out as large as I would have liked. Next time, I’ll start them out with ‘turkey starter’, which has 30% protein. The balance is to get them to the weight you desire within 8 weeks or so without creating coronary disease. I’ve certainly learned a lot, and I’ll be sharing in my “Raising Your Own Meat” series.
Along those lines, I have not forgotten about my “Raising Your Own Meat” series! On the contrary, the amount of wonderful research that I asked readers for has been more than I expected to work through and organize! Awesome problem to have!
That said, I am really excited to bring the complete series to you, hopefully next week.
Other posts I’m working on for next week include foraging for and dehydrating berries! After you’ve made all the jam and froze berries for all the smoothies you can consume for the next two years, dehydrating your berries makes sense! More next week.
I want to close by introducing my 4 new layers that a friend was gracious enough to sell me, due to our severe loss due to a fox in the area. I am so excited to finally have three Americanas (also known as “Easter Eggers” because they lay colored eggs!) and one Buff Orpington! Here’s my new girls….
I named the “Americana” girls after states, I thought that was kind of cute!
Mr. Fox has been held at bay these last two weeks and hopefully has moved on to other ventures.