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What ever happened to your chickens? Still got them?
I still have my rooster and 5 hens. I'm giving my surplus eggs to some of the nurses I work with...they love them.
You selling yours? Didn't Elsie have some too?
Anybody else out there have a back yard flock?
We have 21 hens and 3 roosters at the moment (only until tomorrow). We gave away all but 4 of the old flock and started new this year. 1 of the older girls doesn't lay but loves to sit on eggs so she stayed.
When we were getting a surplus of eggs we sold them for $1 a dozen. In the last 2 weeks 4 of the new girls have started laying.
What breed do you have? We have red-sexlink, blue lace cochin, rhode island red,
neked-neck turkin, perl white leghorn, hamshire red, and a few other un-identified or I just can't remember.lol The unidentified ones were all together at the local co-op for $1 each, so we took our chances. There are atleast 2 of each breed. I like this much better than having all sexlinks. We also have 2 ducks in with them....it goes well most days. :)
We decided to try turkeys this year and that is going real well. They can't be kept with the chickens so are in a different area. We had heard that they are difficult to raise, but so far so good. The largest one probably weighs in at 20+ lbs already.
Did you folks have to go about any permits or anything in your towns? I am suburban and would like to raise my own also.
I didn't have to, my property is zoned RA. Our chickens are a bantam mix and the rooster is mean and I won't miss any part of him except for the crowing. I do like to hear his cockadoodledoo the morning!
We do not need permits here because we are out of city limits. There is a restriction on the mortgage that says no large livestock. I am guessing that since it was a FHA loan that is probably standard.
If you ever raise chickens for meat, I highly recommend the neked-neck turkins. They look like the body is covered in feathers (other than the neck), but in actuality feathers only grow from certain areas. There was a strip in the center of the breast, center of the back, around the tail, both wings, and a small circular area under the wings. That was the part I got stuck doing and trust me when I say they are sooooo much easier!
I also recommend that if you have not seen "Food, Inc." that you rent it. We knew we were on the right path of trying to supply more and more of our own home-grown food, but this really proves the point even more.
heh. I do not trust any food production companies. There is just no logical way to keep quality to a high standard when dealing with the amount of volume they do. Hence the egg recall.
I'm afraid to watch the food,inc film...I know it'll make me sick. I've been wondering about goats, goat cheese, etc. Anybody out there raising them? making cheese?
We discussed goats for this year but finally decided against it. There are lots of good reasons to have them but here is the major reasons for why we decided not to.
1. She has to be milked 2x a day, no exceptions. It would be hard to go off and find someone to do it for us. 2. The famale only produces milk for 10 months after she has a baby. 3) If you have a male, they stink. 4) We have worked really hard at only adding edible landscaping the last few years. If it got loose and ate any of it I would be tempted to do it bodily harm. 5. They are prone to worms. I don't do parasitic worms.
When we were trying to make a decision we found lots of informative books at the local library, got info at the ag. office and even spoke with people that have/had them. If I could find someone that I could get good milk off of I would love to try and make cheese.
Well, I figured there might be more to it. I've never even eaten goat cheese. I assume it's healthier for you?
Take all those other brands and throw 'em out.
I also use goats milk soap, some with emu oil for pain relief and some with, I forget how to spell it, but candulula (marigold oil) for deodorization.
Larry, do you have a name brand for the goats milk soap?
I buy small rolls of goat cheese at Kroger. Kroger carries several different flovors. It might differ deppending on what brand it is, but from what we have had it is a dry yet creamy cheese if that makes since. lol
Every one in the house likes atleast 1 flavor straight, but no one likes the same flavor. As for in a cooked meal, we like them all. The overall house favorite way is to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Use the sundried tomato flavor goat cheese, add a slice of green tomato, butter the bread and then grill. It is the only way the kids will touch a slice of tomato and the only way my hubby will touch a green one. It's yummy I tell ya! :)
Hmmmmm sounds good. I grew up in a town where Kroger was the only really big grocery store. I was really excited to see one come to my town in the early 80's but alas it was bought by Harris Teeter in the 90's - I'll check there. I would love to try some!
Thanks Gals, that DOES sound good!
This summer saw a different salad on my table with cuke, onion, tomato, a TON of dill weed, and feta cheese which I really like in salads.
I like a spread of cottage cheese in my grilled 'wiches. (it's also good on baked potatoes too).
My former MIL was from Poland and made farmer's cheese, especially at Easter ... anyone ever try it?
I haven't, I've led a sheltered life...lol. I love cheese and so far haven't meet a kind I didn't like. What's farmer's cheese made from? Cow's milk?
Yep. And some lemon and salt. Boil. Strain in cheesecloth. Squeeze. TA-DA.
It's not complicated, but it's FRESH.
My MIL introduced me to cukes, tomato,& dill salad and oh my is it refreshing! Her's has some type of light white dressing on it too. I have no clue because she won't tell me. LOL
It's a signature dish for her then, to keep ya comin' back for more!
This dressing surprised me. I really like my vinegar BUT this was really good:
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp FRESH lemon juice!
1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
That's it! There's no substitute for the fresh lemon.
Raised on a farm with grandparents and they taught me everything I needed to know. Now have my own small backyard flock and very happy with them.
Have you considered sheep. You get just as much milk from a sheep as a goat and they are a lot easier to handle. Plus you get a wool crop, milk and you can eat them ( I've a lamb butchered in my freezer Beautiful). An all round great bit of live stock. Worth thinking on.
We really put some serious thought and research into sheep. At this point "I" have shot it down, but the hubby hasn't.:)
I think what is stopping me are 2 factors....1) They are too darn lovable 2) You have to milk them 2x a day. I would be the one to end up doing it and couldn't go anywhere. I think that is one chore that the neighbors who tend the animals when we go off would draw a line at.
On the plus side, the hubby grilled a leg of lamb a few weeks ago and my-oh-my was it wonderful!!
one of us retires. We just have too much to do to contend with milking 2 x's a day right now.
Yes I have chickens and ducks and guineas .
Yes I sell my eggs. $2.00 a dozen.
Well, we are in the midst of record setting cold weather...so my little chickens are hanging in the coop and carrying around signs that say..."forget about me laying an egg...it's to darn cold". I've only gotten 6-7 eggs in the past couple of weeks. But hey my broccoli is heading up!
It got too cold for my brocolli. Even what was under the little hot houses kicked the bucket.
This week one of the Aracauna's started laying. She is laying large green eggs. The kids are so excited to find it each day. One of the Buff Orphingtons (sp?) started laying this week too. The kids are bringing in anywhere between 6-12 eggs a day....some are freezing from the girls that will not lay in the insulated/heated part, and are having to be tossed.
are laying now also. I do not throw away frozen eggs. I leave them on the counter and let them come up to room temp.. I use them first and they seem fine to us.. Or i feed them to the dogs as not to waste...
We toss them back to the chickens, so it really isn't a waste. Everything we have read says that it is just as good as giving them the shell with calcium. Sometimes they are put in the compost if that is the type of matter he is needing.
A lot of the time when they have frozen it cracks the shell, so when thawed they leak. What do you do about that?
That is when they go to the dogs.......
It is possible to freeze eggs, yet they must be removed from their shells and placed in a small airtight container or freezer bag.
If you wish to freeze whole eggs, beat the eggs until they have blended together and place them in an airtight plastic container. Label the container with the date and the number of eggs.
The same can be carried out for egg whites, but egg yolks require a bit more care. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl and add a pinch of salt if they are to be used for savoury dishes, or a pinch of sugar, for sweet dishes. This will stop the yolks from becoming too thick as they freeze over time. Pour the egg yolks into an airtight container, label the container and place in the freezer.
Defrost frozen eggs in the refrigerator overnight, never at room temperature and use them as soon as they have defrosted.