The last week has been taken up with all the myriad tasks of getting my whole flock of chickens 1) butchered, 2) cooked and boned, 3) canned.
Suffice it to say, I will not be eating chicken anytime soon! I am not sure if it is economically any cheaper, but I really do like knowing that they lived a happy life, and that I know EXACTLY what is in the food I am giving my family (at least where the chicken is concerned!)
We decided that this would be the best course to pursue, since I will be doing a lot of traveling this summer, and this way I won't have to find someone to take care of them. They were also getting older and laying less, which did influence my decision! We will be getting new pullets (young hens that are just beginning to lay) in August or September. I figured it out and, even at $10 each, it will be cheaper than buying chicks and feeding them all summer, plus, once again--no caretaker arrangements (I will miss the cuteness, though!)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I am pretty proud of myself! I walked this morning--even though it was raining! (True, it wasn't raining very much, just a little sprinkle that kept things cool, but I didn't cave, so "GO ME!") Wildlife count-- no turtles, but I did see a bunny. Also the ducks, who only had 4 ducklings. I thought last week they had 5. Did something happen (I am looking squinty-eyed at YOU, evil raccoons!)? Is it a different family? I don't think so. Were there really only 4 all along? Hmmm...Questions!
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Today is my one week anniversary of dragging my tired self out of bed before 6 am so I can walk while it is still cool. I had to figure out a new groove since school is out, so I am not going to the Y anymore.
I have walked a little farther every day, so that is WIN.
When I got to the park I decided to do a lap around the walking path that borders the reservoir, and I saw: a momma duck with 5 babies, a blue heron taking off over the water, and 2 box turtles laying their eggs! Also, LOTS of stupid, poopy, hissy, bad attitude (but still surprisingly pretty) Canada geese (their babies aren't cute anymore).