Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Well that was fun! Yah, right! We were plugging away, but 5 birds was definitely too many for the first time processing. We had to pluck the feathers by hand and that is no fun! We had 3 down and 2 to go and it was getting dark. We decided to turn the spotlight on and just get it done. That was all fine and good until it got dark and we heard the coyotes start howling, real close! Oh my! I was scared! Justin went and got his shot gun just in case. Here I am plucking a chicken and also trying to look around me (in the dark) to see if they were nearby. Of course they probably never would have come near us with all the lights on around us, but I was scared! We just got done and it is 10:45. There were 2 times when the coyotes were howling nearby us and then it was calm for the last hour or so. It is actually peaceful out there now, but it wasn't! I don't want to do that again in the dark! 4 hours and 5 meat birds on ice. Is this worth it???? Not sure yet!

Meat Chickens

We are going to process our first 5 meat birds tonight!! I am NOT excited about this. I have told Justin many times that I am NOT excited about helping. I really wanted to take them somewhere to have them processed, but he went to chicken school and is confident he will have no problem doing it. James and Laura already know what is about to happen. I hope they are as flippant about it when it is actually happening as they are right now talking about it!! Freezer is ready for them. If we do alright with this first batch, the next batch we will do the remaining 13 and be done with it. Yikes!!