Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Raising Meat Chickens ~ "Send Off" Party
I can't tell if they are breaking their legs or having heart attacks, but from my research, it's common. Next year, I will have to order more, and expect to lose a few. Just sharing that tip for those considering raising chickens for meat.
We do feed them a good quality chicken feed, with 22% protein.
We are getting goat's milk now, but my youngest said she thought it had a "funky" taste this year. I wonder if it's because we had switched their grain? I may switch it back to see, but I plan to make cheese next week too either way.
Today, the temperature is expected to rise to around 83°F here. After watering all the animals, onions, strawberries, peas and potatoes, I had already worked up a sweat out there.
After last year (a late frost), I am not in a huge hurry to plant flowers. I've only purchased a few pots, but can't wait to get my hanging pots purchased for my front porch. Porch time is very much enjoyed here.
We are having our oldest's daughter's "send off" party today. I've already mixed up homemade macaroni salad with my home canned relish, and have another jar ready for our grilled goodies. And of course home canned pickles.
It's hard to believe that I will soon be wearing shirts that says "Who needs a superhero when your son is a Marine" and "Proud Mother of a National Guardsman."