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!
The 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.
Yesterday one of our goats had a kid! The goat was barely one year old and somehow came info contact with our billy. So, I was able to help it kid.
heres some pictures of our new kid 🙂
Also some pictures of our kittens.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Because of the recent rain and snow melting, our front yard has turned into a perfect pond for the ducks 🙂
They absolutely LOVE it! They play in it most the day and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.