Sorry we're posting late (seeing as we processed the Turkey's and Chickens for Thanksgiving). It's not because we're busy but when we have free time we want to read a book or something else :). So we got started by setting all the stuff up we borrowed a BIG pot from one of our neighbors to scald the birds in. Then we got a couple of tables for pulling off the feathers and gutting. Then we got started processing the turkeys and by the way turkeys are extremely strong because dad got hit in the face. Then dad scalded them to loosen the feathers and we started to pull away, we also had some friends help, they brought the chickens we processed. Then Hannah gutted two turkeys, and I gutted the other one. Hannah gutted the chickens I tried to gut them but the cavity was too
small compared to a turkey. This is what they weighed dressed and ready. The first turkey was 43 pounds! The second turkey was 35 pounds! The third was 27 pounds! Here are some pics!
We are so sorry we have not posted for a long time. It has been a little bit busy around here, but now we have time! We had a fox eat about 60 of our chickens in the last couple of months. One morning Hannah and Kimber were running and they looked over to the field and saw the fox chasing the chickens around in circles. So the girls ran into the field and chased the fox away. Then they ran to the house and got me and Caleb up. So we ran to the field to see if we could find it, but we didn't. Then a month or so later dad went to northern Virgina to work and spent the night at his mom's house. In the middle of the night mom woke up and heard a high pitch scream. At first mom thought it was one of her children but it was a fox. If you want to hear it, click here. A few weeks later one of our friends was hunting on our property and saw the fox, and disposed of it. It had fresh chicken for breakfast but we don't want to explain how we know that. :) We thought the chickens were safe until we heard the same sound again so we moved the chickens to the coop at our house.Thank you for reading... we will try to post more often. Have a blessed week!
In the past two months the turkeys have grown alot! They now look like they might live up to their name- Mammoth Bronze Turkey! They're roaming around in the old pen and are having a great time (especially since the grass has grown back!). We also were recently given three bantam roosters and put them in the pen with our turkeys. They are so small in comparison! I thought you all might want to see some pictures of them so one of our sisters went out and got some pictures for the blog!
Here is what the turkeys looked like when we first got them:
So cute...for that time. :)
Here is what they look like now:
Big...and ugly. ;)
If you're wondering what the middle turkey is doing....it is stretching it's wing and right leg. :)
These are the (much smaller) roosters that we were given:
They look so funny...strutting their (lack of) stuff!
"When the grass is up to your waist...you're small." ;) They are probably at their full grown size (the roosters) and the turkeys are probably only about 1/2 the size they will be. : 0 Big difference!
This is a butterfly that my sister just had to take a picture of.
...Also this sunflower that rests in our back-yard...
Other than that we have had a lot of new customers with demands for large amounts of eggs- That is a praise and a prayer request. Thank the Lord that we have been able to sell what He has provided! Pray that we will be able to provide more eggs with the same great quality, and that the Lord will show us what we are supposed to do with these new opportunities. Thank you for reading and have a blessed week!
If you haven't noticed we have changed our blog name and address!
Our new address is www.srreggs.blogspot.com and our revised name is Solid Rock Ranch Eggs. We have completed our new pamphlets, full of "eggcellent" information about our healthy pasture-raised eggs. We would like to thank all those who support us and help spread the news of our great tasting and nutritious eggs. The blog has been updated with the pricing and delivery information that is on our pamphlet. Take some time to look around at the new things going on!
We've have been incredibly busy lately, which is why we haven't been posting! We'll try to be more on time now! We are in the process of making egg pamphlets that will have a nice amount of information on what makes our eggs different, currently.
We are also now selling eggs in 18 packs for $4.00.
The 50 new chickens have been great! We have been getting around 5 (at the very least-the Lord has been blessing us alot) dozen eggs a day, so we have a ton (seriously) of eggs to sell. It would be great if you could let us know of anyone that needs eggs!
Well, you may be wondering what the post name is all about..... we connected a lean-to to the older girls coop!
We finished it last Saturday and the girls are lovin' it!!
For all y'all building people, we dug 2 holes 2' deep, put posts in, and then stamped and leveled the earth around it. Then we attached the roof's side boards on, put boards perpendicular over the first ones, then overlapped the metal sheets side-by-side, and then screwed them in!
Dad helping Seth put the screws in.
Seth had to climb on the roof to put the screws in!
He likes his drill- watch out ;)!
We had 2 extra nesting houses, so we painted one (more like "threw" paint on it!), let it dry, and put it under the lean-to!
The girls liked to watch us and eat!
We hope to move the 50 new girls to the pasture soon!
Also, my sister was looking up the benefits of pastured raised eggs and found out how you can tell if the egg is fresh or not. If the the egg white is cloudy, it is fresh, and the white will be clearer the older the egg gets! There will probably be more on that subject in our "coming soon" egg pamphlets.
We haven't had time to post recently because we are very busy. Sorry! So..... we have decided to get the chickens! We got 50 Black Australorps that were already laying. We got them last week and we're getting about 2 dozen eggs a day!
The Black Australorps are all black and the ones that aren't are the older girls. We also used a wagon as a chicken feeder, so it's a move around feeder!
The guys are always watching us.
And as always there was a chicken checking us out....
a older girl......
and a younger one!!
They have been very good chickens so far and we're glad we got them!
We are of a family of 11 (soon to be 12), living by the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We live in the country, homeschool, mill our own wheat, own 100+ chickens, a horse, and a family milk cow. Scott (a.k.a. daddy) is self-employed in his Christian lawn care business, Cross Cuts Ltd.(www.crosscutsltd.wordpress.com)and has an abundance of visions the Lord has given him and that he is hoping to fulfill in his lifetime, and is the best Daddy and husband! Michelle (a.k.a. Mama or Mommy) is a stay-at-home-mom, gardener, commited to her family and husband, a lover of horses, and is a wonderful Mommy and wife!
All of the children (but 2 who recently graduated!) are currently homeschooled with their grades ranging from Pre-school to High School. Each is individually gifted and has their own likes and dislikes but space will not allow a description of each.
Furthermore, we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and we love being together as one big, happy family!!! :)
Scott & Michelle, Hannah, Kimber, Alexis, Caleb, Seth, Eden, Josiah, Lydia, Judah, and baby on the way!