You guys make me laugh...in another life we use to hook dogfish (sharks) while trolling for Sockeye...always tossed them back. Can't imagine eating them...I think a bowl of shark fin soup was running fifty bucks back then and never once was tempted...
Miss the cod cheeks though...man alive...red snapper and homechips...halibut (not too big, 80 pounds max as the bigger ones might have mercury in them!), liked mussels fresh caught cooked on the beach. Oh yeh, and the five gallon buckets of prawns...get the water boiling, newpaper on the table, roll up yer sleeves and get peeling...and oodles of garlic butter...nothing finer. Man I miss that but gone now, decades GONE now...sigh.
Use to be able to park your truck and go hiking to Cape Scott and San Josef Bay & stay overnight...go driving to hunt for good wood down gravel roads too in the clear cuts...yeh, we knew things were turning when you would park your vehicle for the day and would come back and they jacked your rims and tires. When we fled...it was getting to the point where they didn't bother to steal yer wheels, now they burned your vehicle...take nothing, just set it ablaze and burn it simply because they could and nobody ever got caught. Same for prawning, you miss a tide change and yer neighbour mighta helped themselves to your catch...about 15 years before we left, you don't guard your set, someone not only hauled your traps up for your catch, they stole them too...good time to leave, eh. Good old days...dang it. Not the same, never will be again. I know better so can't fool myself into thinking I would enjoy the WEsT Coast any more.
Originally Posted by Alaskan
I think the faces of cornish look like meat eating dinosaurs.
Feb 3 2014 - I think the lack of a comb (cushion combs look cut or dubbed) is the way the Chanteclers end up looking like SNAKES...evilness
This is Medusa--another Red Chantecler...she won best cushion comb on BYC...she looks pretty rank...but she's all gooby
She's one of the first hens after Chantelle to line up for treaties...
I love the mean chook look...the ones with small combs look the rankest...pea, rose, cushion...breda, etc. The lack of a comb kinda snakeizes them...and most persons don't warm up and like reptiles.
The breed is recognized in some stunning varieties...I truly love Cornish...they are in the composite breed Chantecler and every so often, I get one that leans towards Cornish...meaty lovelies!
I adore the tree trunk legs and the seriousness...that's some chicken!
The bare spot down the chest, that's a side affect from pea comb and wanting hard feathering (softer feathers cover up the void along the keel bone)...I have Chants that express this trait (cushion comb is pea x rose comb). Kinda freaks one out until you learn it is the genetics and expected in breeds with pea combs.
Cushion comb...a comb so cushiony other chooks wanna sit on it
I found that the Chants took a while to get use to...the stern stare but all I had to do was toss romaine and you got the gooby goofus look with greens hanting outta their gobs.
I can tell you if'n I raised these...I'd be making quite sure I never did the "help I have fallen" in the pen...
Dinosaurs...those are the turkeys...DINO-turks...raptors indeedy...now they are all scampering to back up and say lots of dinos had feathers...I can imagine a turkey, feathered foe and all hunting small mammals...making sure we mammals never DID get to take over the planet eh!
Jest keep these ones away, eh...
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
having control over our food is what most of us are here for.
Veal is just wrong. I have known about it for 45 years... I used to ride my horse past a dairy on the way out to the trail... all those sheds with a calf each... a by product of the dairy industry. They dont even get to be with momma past that first colostrom nurse.
for years tsk tsk tsked over it all... Then I realized... I drink milk and eat cheese. so I am a hypocrite.
I know posting info about frankenbirds in factory farms is like singing to the choir but I figure the choir is all of us and if each one of us knows the words and how they are supported thru science...we can know why we do what we do and if questioned and put on the spot, we all have a toolkit we can pull resources from.
We are not raising our own food because its cheaper...we simply can never EVER compete on a factory farmed basis...we raise what we raise because it is RIGHT to do this...costs more financially and costs us time and resources but ah....the product we consume is ever so much more superior...a premium product for the labour of love we all do every day. At least I figure that is why we do what we do.
I eat tons of dairy...never did believe in calcium supplements...give me dairy REAL dairy and that be keeping our skeletons proper. I never give it much thought on how our dairy IS produced...I mean I even had milking goats (Nigerians) but never kept them freshened. Too much on my plate already to do everything the proper way. So we do what we are able and we live with what we might or should be doing and say, be kind to ourselves in that we try with the choices we make. Can't do everything...only human, eh. Give yourself a hug Deb...there is a point in our lives, our energy levels, our abilities where we do have to be kind and say, I know I could do better but only so much before it gets way too ridiculous. Educated, you and I are making a choice...maybe not the best but a choice in that we know we could do better and maybe one day, we shall.
I know lots of places you show up, put yer money in a jar and you leave with your farm milk (with the cream on top!)...I would guard these places with a vengeance. I suspect one day, that way of life will be finally snuffed out. Cause, yeh, you are suppose to go blind eating raw milk, eh. Pssshaw...dairies that are raw milk producers are WAY clean...the pasturized ones...those ones make me go UGH! Over in Ontario, at one time you could not even give away yer eggs...now here in AB, you can sell eggs farm gate...so long as they are marked "ungraded." I looked into providing eggs to a deli here down the road...Icrumba...dairy grade concrete floors, separate buildings for cooling eggs, sorting, washing...forget that...and now it has swung back I can sell them from home...egads, eh. Can't keep up with all the regs and do's and don'ts...argh!
Mother Dixie and daughter Heidi - Aug 5, 2013
I think the best way to combat the want milk at home is to get a Nigerian or two (gotta have real good fences...even maybe ele cause them fifty pounds are good escape artists)... even a Jersey would likely supply more dairy than one fam could consume, even if you kept pigs and fed them that in their swill (lots of dairies had a side line on hogs...pigs do well with some dairy in their diets).
I don't eat veal outta principle. If it was proper grass fed kinds where they get to romp around and smell the daisies, I might be a convert...but I am told that the moment they stop drinking milk, the meat gets darker. I know a friend that Rick grew up with, lives in the city with his wife that pretends she is an animal advocate and yet, orders veal at restaurants...not much of a statement made in the "love animals" aspect. Told me she likes the taste...I quit eating Abalone (use to pick it off the rocks at low tide...now divers can't harvest it...takes like 25 years for abalone to replicate). I quite eating it because I felt, if there was no market, maybe it would not go extinct. I mean I loved it so much pan fried in butter I would have that as my last meal ever if it was not so sinful.
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Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada