Overrun with beasties
- Aug 18, 2020
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ha okay then, yes I should cull the older hens, but we are attached to them, they were our first girls and my husband does not want to end their lives just yet. I do love making my own broth, I have about 10 cans still from my last canning of chicken and rabbit bones I cooked down. I understand the attachment to a particular hen, Tink was mine. she was more like a dog than a chicken - so much personality. I have a hodge podge of hens. I love diversity ) I have: Golden Wyandotte, blue Wyandotte, silver laces Wyandotte's, buff orpingtons, silkies, barred rocks. rhode Island Reds, Andalusian, ameraucana, Brahma, Welsummer, golden sexlink and several I hatched that are a mixture of these breeds. I have chicks mainly for eggs but we have eaten our extra roosters with each new batch of chicks. I just find that cleaning a chicken is a lot more mess than cleaning our rabbits. I can do a rabbit from start to finish in about 20 min.I should have been more clear, not 6 gardens, 6 years or seasons of gardening. LOL It has taken awhile to go from beach sand without the ocean, to fertile ground. Yes, I have made the pilgrimage to Madisonville for mushroom compost, but not since moving here.
I butcher and can my old layers, can the broth, it's the best. But sometimes there are the old ladies that get to hang out and just be chickens. I brought one with us when we moved here, Robin. She lived to 7 years old and is buried right inside the garden gate in a place of honor.
I only have 9 pullets now, will probably hold it there as I want to get knee replacement surgery next fall. Gotta make it easy for DH to do the animal chores! We raise Cornish Cross for meat every spring, have a few customers that buy from us, so we eat for free, plus make a little on them. Same for pigs. We raise 2, have a pig customer that buys one.
I want Jubilee Orpingtons, maybe after I get knee surgery. I have long admired them, like some eye candy!
We found a power line cleaning contractor in our area about 4 years ago and let them park their trucks here at night. They brought us over 110 loads of wood chips! That was a major help here! Early this spring, they were back in the area and brought us 11 more loads.
what breed of pigs do you raise? we have been looking into a few breeds, but have not landed on one yet. Hoping to jump into this next year sometime.
and yes loads of woodchips are amazing! I use them everywhere around here. cool you got so much from them, they last a long time.