Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Madness!




Its amazing how quickly life can become crazy. In our case- this happened with just one phone call this morning.

Farmer Jason went from driving around the pastures collecting soil samples to now preparing for 400 chicks (and 50 guineas) to arrive in the morning! Aunt Debbie and I had big plans of putting up a picket fence around our store and new landscaping (darn goats). But, as life on a farm goes, we must shift gears and lend a hand.

The chicks weren't due until next week so we weren't planning on getting ready for them until a few days before they were scheduled to arrive.

They will arrive at the crack of dawn at the post office in the morning. We will go pick up the chicks packed neatly in cute little boxes and turn them loose into our brooder house.

These chicks are Cornish Rock crosses and Red Broilers. The purpose of these birds will be strictly for meat. They will be ready for butchering in 8-10 weeks.

I'm so excited to finally have our very own pastured poultry. We will process (butcher) these chickens ourselves on our farm. In the state of Texas, you are allowed to process up to 10,000 birds on farm as long as you sell them directly off your farm or at farmer's markets. Jason says we will butcher 9,999.

We shall see. Either way, "there a comin' ".

5 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

You all will be busy! And they are so cute at that little age!!!! Life goes on...right? A note of warning - guineas will go after kids if they get too close - Jessie had 1 flog her a few years back (of course, she was trying to pet the baby guinnea that was hatched) - but they do cut down on insects and put up quite the ruckus (if they are around when someone comes in) when people show up. Ours free range, so we only see them once a day or so - but they make their circuit faithfully every day rain or shine. Have fun!
Kris

Grace said...

How fun! And what a lot of work to do in a short amount of time! :)

-Grace

Linda said...

I am enjoying living a little bit of a farming life via your beautiful blog. There is a big part of me that would have loved to have lived my life on a farm so I find myself drawn to reading about it! I do realize it is a huge amount of work, but I think the rewards must be well worth it. Thanks for sharing.

~Wilkerson Family~ said...

Are you and Jason coming to his 10 yr reunion Friday? Just in case you guys hadn't heard it is at 6 at Los Ranchos and then we are all heading to the big homecoming game. There is also going to be a picinic on Saturday. I hope you guys come!

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