Organic Hen Feed?  Sorry, Not Interested.

Organic Hen Feed? Sorry, Not Interested.

I’ve just heard on NPR this morning that the current price for organic soy beans (mostly imported from China) has risen to $800 a ton – roughly twice what it was last year.  This has put commercial organic chicken raisers and their customers in a…

Our Fabulous Homemade Chicken Plucker

Our Fabulous Homemade Chicken Plucker

Next weekend is hen culling day; we have some older spent hens and some hens who don’t lay enough to justify dealing with their aggressive barnyard attitude.  So on Sunday the flock will go from 29 to 15.  This time we will have the use…

Butchering chickens at home using a steel cone

Butchering chickens at home using a steel cone

Today Kip and I butchered the first ten of this season’s 120 chickens.  At 4 weeks and 4 days these Harvest Whites from S & G Hatchery in Alabama have been fast gainers – the dressed birds weigh on average 2 and a 1/2 pounds…

In which 251 beef, pork, turkey meatballs are bagged for the freezer

In which 251 beef, pork, turkey meatballs are bagged for the freezer

Early this month I spent part of a day grinding a large piece of beef, a loin of pork, with added ground turkey for a BIG batch of meatballs! We love them for adding to pasta sauce and for sub sandwiches. I pack six balls…

Raising baby chickens

Raising baby chickens

The new chicks – 100 Harvest White, 20 Red Ranger – are here. Each tiny fluff ball has to have its beak dipped in in water as they are removed from their shipping box. We have lost 5 – no saying to what – but…