Saturday, 11 June 2011
The little girls though are feisty beasts. Last year's females were much more docile. One of the red ones, probably the one who is posing for the photo, has decided for the past couple of weeks to try flying. She's topped the short walls which were all that was needed for the White Rocks. Tonight, when I went to shut up the coop, she was sitting on one of the walls, roosting! Guess what my sweetie needs to build tomorrow.. yep, a new roost for the baby girls.
Yesterday morning at 6 am, we were up catching chickens. Well, my sweetie caught them. I manned the crates and helped load the crates into the truck. I was going to ship 3 of my hens, 2 which are a bit aggressive to other hens and one more. However, we made a few mistakes there. First, we should have gone in before bed and caught them while they were roosting. At the very least, we should have caught them first in the morning. However we didn't think it would be an issue, so we caught all the meaties first. By then of course, the girls were wide awake and aware that something was up. After spending more than a few minutes chasing them around their pen, we decided that they had a reprieve 'cause we new we weren't going to catch them. My aim was to keep the flock at a reasonable size, while having some young girls to lay over the winter while the older one's will be moulting and not really laying much at all! Now I'm going to have a flock of 16 .. I sure hope we like eggs.
We dropped off the chooks.. no, it wasn't the nicest job to do, but they place was really clean and it was obvious that the people there knew what they were doing and how to do it efficiently.
We came home, did some errands and I had a nap! On Wed. I did a medieval textile demo for 400 kids and about 60 adults. It lasted most of the day, in an auditorium, with cement floors, no A/C and not even the ceiling fans were turned on. I was still tired from that!
My sweetie decided to make dinner for me. It was spit roasted beef and fire roasted potatoes. We had a salad with greens from our garden to go with it. Yummy!
Today, we picked up the birds, freezer ready. I wish I wasn't charging my camera battery or I could show you what, as my son calls it, "the wall of chicken" looks like. A freezer full of chicken and right now, no place for much else! By the way, the processor did an amazing job and so did we I think. The smallest weighed in at 2 kilos and the 3 largest at 3.1 kilos. The rest were nicely in between.