Processing Rabbits and Chickens

This last weekend we processed 5 rabbits, and 5 chickens.  The rabbits were perfect size!…the Chickens need another week.  We will be processing the rest of the chickens next weekend.  We are excited to let you all know we just purchased 100 more chickens to raise and process! YAY!

If anyone that lives near us is interested in buying some live chickens we would be willing to teach you how to process them 🙂

Also I will update this post with some pictures (don’t worry it will be before we started so no gory details :)…)

We are getting better at processing our chickens and rabbits.  Its not taking me an hour anymore to do a chicken or a rabbit.  I can do them both now in under 5 minutes….YAY!

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Produce is coming. And more about our garden beds.

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IMG_3253The produce in our yard is starting to pop up.  Having lettuce is one of my all time favorites to have in the garden.  Being able to go outside everyday and cut off some fresh lettuce to make a delicious salad is truly the best.

We built these garden beds last year.  I have truly love them.  I love the looks of them, and also love how tall they are and how easy they are to weed.

when we filled them we added wood on the bottoms, and then dirt on top.  Last fall we added leaves and rabbit poop to help with fertilizing the ground.

We plan to keep adding more layers of leaves and rabbit poop each fall.

Its been great to have our rabbits to help with naturally fetalizing the garden.

Duckling

So we have a duck that has been sitting on a nest. One egg had rolled out of the nest a few weeks ago. Well Friday a duckling hatched out of that egg that had not been in the nest for over two weeks. IMG_3276I put the little guy up by the Moma duck and she started protecting the little guy. IMG_3272IMG_3274Hopefully the other eggs will hatch soon.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

This gal went broody and hatched a few chicks. this a good win for us. We tried two batches of 42 eggs in our incubator and only had two chicks hatch. This hen has 3 so far.

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These are our broilers for canning and selling. There are 50 in this batch, we are working on building 2 chicken tractors and moving them around the pasture. The next batch will be 100 chickens.

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs Galore

We have hens laying like crazy at our ranch.  We average 2 dozen eggs a day.  We have been gathering them as fast as we can so we could put 4 dozen into an incubator to incubate eggs to hatch.

We will begin selling our eggs.  We are looking for constant customers that we can sell to  on a weekly basis.  Right now we are selling them $3/Doz.  But, if they commit to a certain amount each week we will work out a new price.  We will see how things go!

We are also collecting eggs to sell that are ready for an incubator.  We are going to sell those ones for $4/Doz.

The chicks that hatch will be around $3 each.

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Also, I should mention that we have been putting wood chips into the laying boxes so that we don’t have to rinse the eggs off.  By keeping woodchips in the boxes it helps to keep the eggs clean and not need to be washed.  These eggs in the picture are right from the boxes. Never been washed.

We LOVE having fresh eggs.  The taste is much better tasting.  And the best part is, we didn’t have to get them from the store, and we know what the chickens were fed 🙂