Originally Posted by SleepyOwl
Cute name! How nice to have a group of ladies to hang out with each week!
I wish I could go every week, but I have missed the last 3. It was nice just to relax and not think about everything else I have going on.
Originally Posted by coldupnorth
We've been bringing momma to the milking stand and let him nurse there. We have to hold her back legs so she doesn't keep moving around. I can tell that he has gained weight since Friday. We will keep working on momma!
Sounds like when we had a 'kicker' first time heifer and had to try milking her. I can't say as I blame them, remember when I had my first one and the agony on went through with nursing him.
Originally Posted by scandiafowl
Our record egg collection today - 15 !
With 31 hens.. The Jerseys aren't laying yet, the Bresse and baby BO either (duh).
Still am not getting Beatrice off the ceramic eggs. A snowfall may cool her off..
Those larger breeds, I find, tend to start later than other breeds, especially the JGs.
Originally Posted by The BlanchRanch
I have been working every day so I have not have had a chance to do outdoor work. Good thing I don't have a lot of it.
The DW has a group that does a stitch and ***** as well. It was actually yesterday too and she had to miss it yesterday because we are all getting ready fo turkey day.
I am going to do a brine. First time with a turkey. It will be a lot more than just salt.
We don't really b**** except when we got talking about getting mammograms and how there should be an equally painful test for men to have to endure.
Salt is most important, but I know Ralphie said he always adds sugar too. I prefer to do all my poultry with a minimum 24-hour brine if cooking whole. If you run short on time to do brining though, a salt rub all over inside and out works pretty well too.
I still haven't decided if we are having turkey this week or not. I suppose I should decide quick though since I will need to pull it from the freezer today if I do. LOL
Originally Posted by MinnesotaNice
I think I might get ducks again in the spring, so I hear ya! I love Khaki Campbells!
DH just shakes his head at me.
I gotta admit that even though it was a relief to not have the ducks this year, I did miss them. I am thinking I will do Khakis next year, if for no other reason, to have eggs in the fall when the chickens stop laying during molt.
For the last month, all I have gotten are pullet and Silkie eggs. I get anywhere from 6-12 a day. Then this last weekend an olive colored egg started showing up in a pullet pen. She is a pretty little thing too that is laying them, all black, bearded, feather footed too. I think she is out of the Marans hen I have. I think her penmate is a Minorca cross with Ameraucana too now that they have grown out, the body shape is wrong for a pure Ameraucana. I don't care, they are the only two EEs I have from this year then.
I noticed this week that one of my Dark Cornish hens is getting ready to molt. That nitwit. With those you can tell because the black pattern starts fading out of their feathers just before they start dropping feathers. When everyone else in that pen molted, I kept noticing how gorgeous she was, but now I know why :/ I may have to make an exception about a heat lamp for her. They aren't quite as winter hardy as other breeds with their clothes on, and to molt now, well..... and of course, due to Murphy's Law, it IS my best hen of that breed.
I got my grocery shopping done this morning. Realized I should have started cleaning the coffee pot before I left (I use half water, half vinegar). So, I am waiting on that to finish so I can have my coffee and head out. It was 27 this morning when I went to town just before 8:00. It is warming up fairly well though. Maybe I can get the pens all fixed up today and get a few cleaned too, I hope. My Buckeyes need to get in out of the pasture so I can start seeing some eggs from those soon.
You all have a lovely day. Enjoy the sunshine and making your holiday preps!