The main thing Ive been doing is hatching chicks! Of course thats fun lol. Im still using the incubator that I made out of a styrofoam cooler and even made a second one. I had a group start hatching yesterday and so far, 14 out of 18 eggs have hatched. I have another set of 18 in the second incubator due to hatch next week. I already had around 30 chickens lol. Unless I sell some chicks-no more hatching until Spring.
Ive sold a few chicks, but people around here just dont seem to be interested. They dont trust any food that doesnt come from the grocery store. This is a rural area even.
Ive also tried bartering with the few farmers around for things I need and no luck. They only want cash. Anything I grow or raise can be bought at the grocery store.
I did get a pair of piglets recently. Hubby has also approved turkeys in the spring. Ive been pushing for dairy goats but no luck yet .
Money is still very tight. Im sure it will be until we get these kids raised lol. Since we just moved here in March we didnt get the homestead credit on our property taxes and had to pay a huge property tax bill. So, there wont be hardly any storebought gifts this year. Im planning on buying each of the kids one $30 toy (for 8 kids thats a lot!) and Ive been making teddy bears, pajamas, raggedy ann type dolls, quilts, etc. out of fabric and stuffing I got off of freecycle. I even made some bears for a needy family that my friend is trying to help for Christmas. We will have an awesome dinner with all of the things I have canned and frozen.
Oh and one last frugal thing- my friend I mentioned above lives in town with no yard at all. I donated a small garden spot for her and am housing a few chickens for her as well. As thank you she ordered me a huge set of heirloom seeds for next years garden! So I'll be trying my hand at seed saving as well lol. I cant wait!
I hope everyone here has a wonderful Thanksgiving!