Sunday, August 06, 2006

Busy Summer Days

Yes, our days are pretty busy. Eight kids combined with all the farm animals can't help but make for a busy day. I am enjoying the busy-ness right now since by December we will have said goodbye to most of the animals. Currently, we have more than 100 chickens, 9 turkeys, 4 pigs, 3 rabbits, 2 cats, and a dog.

Next weekend 35 of the chickens are "leaving" us. Some into my freezer and some into the freezers of our chicken customers. The next week after that around 30 more are going too. This time all are going into my freezer. These are the roosters from the batch we hatched out in the spring. Unfortunately, we just can't keep all the roosters. This is one of the down sides of hatching your own chickens. The up side is at least they are good for something. Then the week of Thanksgiving the turkeys will bless our table and the tables of several other people. When the pigs are big enough--around December, I am guessing--they will depart as well. So all that, along with another chicken butchering when the "new" hens start laying (to glean out the old, less productive hens), will deplete our little farm to pretty much just the pets and 30-some hens for eggs. But I would like some goats if that counts for anything.

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