Tomorrow is supposed to be a clear bright day in the mid 40s without this Blasted wind. I will be taking lots of Pictures. I have informed the birds, so everyone should be ready. YES, I am crazy and thank you for reading this and joining on me my mind trip. At least I try to make it entertaining.
I am waiting for Jan 3 to come around so I can make my Pullet order to Cackle. I need new layers for later next year. My gals are getting up in years and once they hit that 3-5 year old mark they just don't lay well during winter. A good influx of Black Australorps and Buff Orpingtons should keep my customers and me in eggs next winter. Right now 33 standard hens are only producing 2-3 eggs a day. Freeloaders. What I haven't told them is that some are heading to the freezer soon.
I do process my laying/production birds, but they live the same happy life that my pet chickens do. The same fate is destined for extra Roosters as well. I don't beleive in wasting anything. The old gals will make their final contributions to the family and complete their cycle of life in this world. Alot of the pets, mainly bantams, I just can't bring myself to process. If they die or get killed I give them a proper burial somewhere in or near their house and lot.
I have some money set aside for a couple projects. The first is a split house for my Mixed bantams and pet Bantam Cochins. 1 house leaks and both keep getting dug into when the Rats come back. I get rid of them for a few weeks and then they show back up again. The new house will be divided by a solid wall, Dot and Chitter don't mesh, but the top will be open for shared heat. 26-28 bantams should keep an 8'x8' house nice and warm at night. The entire house will be on 8" legs. This will keep rats away and provide another place for shelter.
The second project is a few Small coops and runs for folks that want to keep 2-3 standard hens. Can also house 4-5 bantams. I have a couple different plans in my head, but getting them finalized on paper is my problem.
Today was Mom's birthday. I was sure to get her something for christmas and today. Most years gifts get combined from most folks. She hates having the days so close together.
I think that is all for now.
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