15 July 2006

Chicken Update II

Chicken Update II

Well we have completed the course on our first round of chicken operations. From hatchlings to hatchet you might say? Our ladies laid their first eggs this week, as I went out to feed them & was greeted with 10 small brown eggs – which prompted an “instant omelet”, complete with salsa, cheese & hot peppers. To say they were “fluffy & delicious” would be an understatement! Reminded me of that Slavery Card commercial:

Cost of 14 Chickens: $23:66

Feed & Lodging: $184.00

First Egg Omelet: PRICELESS

"For some people in life there’s never anything BUT store bought industrial agriculture, for the rest of us – we eat well."

This week we also processed our first poultry, as “Speedy” our rooster had an up close and personal introduction to the nifty axe I received this year on my birthday. (Thanks Mom!)

All things considered, we are having a ‘banner year’ here at the Holtzman Homestead, with many more hopes and dreams for our future – as the Lord wills!

Blog mention of Note: Jim Warmke at A3 has a nice 12-minute chicken processing video over on his blog. You might want to stop by and see it, leave a note for Jim & encourage your fellow farmer. Regards.


At 10:25 AM, Blogger Emily said...

Congratulations, Scott! We're expecting our first egg "arrivals" sometime in the early fall....Lord willing! We have a young rooster with an attitude who may be having his own close encounter with a sharp-bladed device if he doesn't smarten up. Wait...chicken? Smarten up? Anyway, we have two roosters and ten hens and have been advised that two is too many. Now the only question is who to keep? Braveheart or Bully?

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Scott Holtzman said...

Well if names are any indication of personality, and you enjoy a nice chicken dinner once in a while...I'd say "Bully for you!"

Our rooster was an aggressive and destructive bird. These I'd advise culling from the flock. The health of the flock and for breeding traits, you really don't need those tendencies in your animals. (My 2 cents)

That's why we separated the rooster from the flock early. (About three months) as well we currently have close neighbors and wanted to minimize the 'noise' in the early AM. Trying to be good neighbors. With our next track of land, I don't anticipate the problem of keeping a rooster & we will use him to fertilize the eggs for additional chicks. Right now, this is as we say "a test", quite a successful & enjoyable one I might add.


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