We gathered our first 2 eggs tonight. So it will be England Ranch eggs
We have started making fresh goat cheese with our milk. On the left is
fresh ricotta- made pancakes with it this morning with rhubarb sauce, and on the right is mozzarella.
It is delicious and no goat taste- just tastes like cheese!
The chicken killing season is over for another year. We sold all but six for ourselves and for everyone to taste when they come back to the ranch. George wanted to sell most of them to build up clientele.
We could have sold 100 more easily. Today we had a few larger ones averaging 5lbs so mainly had 4-5lbers and a few 3lbers.
George and I learned a lot and hope to improve the operation next year. We definitely would not have been successful without the help of our friends today.
We are thinking of 2 batches of chickens next year. We will send out letters earlier in the year to get an idea of demand and if anyone wants to come help- we pay in chickens!
We are tired and happy we actually succeeded at this new ranch enterprise.
Just a chicken update. We got a late start- the heating element went out of the scalder- so we took an old lick tub and put it on the base of the turkey cooker and it heated the water nice. The chicken plucker is amazing and fast. We did 104 birds in 3 hours including bagging and weighing. Our neighbors are helping us tomorrow for the last 75 birds. It is ideal to have 6-7 people helping- we are paying in birds. I got “my groove on” with eviscerating and did 35 birds myself. It goes fast and is not very stinky since the plucker even gets the smallest feathers off the birds. Average weight is around 4 lbs, a few 3 and a few 5 lbs. Tommorrow we will finish and be done for this season.
George did a test run on chicken butchering and chicken eating.
We have friends who are going to help us butcher at least 100 chickens in the morning!
So the next time everyone comes to visit- then we will have some chicken for dinner.
The chickens arrived yesterday at the post office.
Our learning curve is high.
Very cute! Cheep- cheep everywhere.
The prairie is in full beauty.
George and I spent today in Pierre assisting an elderly lady move out of her
apartment before it was flooded. No storage is available in Pierre at
present. A friend from Pierre donated his semi-trailer so this lady and another
person could store their furniture and household goods for FREE until the
flood waters resided. He is also using his tracked Skidster to help with the
Please pray for all the people along the Missouri River who are going to
suffer from the flooding.
The chicken house is now done on the inside and as soon as it is dry we’ll be stuccoing the outside and it is finished.
From scrap lumber, George made a mobile roost that you can raise up to clean
under easily. He also made all the nest boxes and experimented with size and
slight differences with each one to see what the chickens like best. I
think he did an awesome job. He has gained so many carpentry skills over the
years with ranch remodeling projects.
Presently, we are holding steady with half the does kidded and waiting for
the rest who are looking very preggo. We are almost done calving and cattle
are doing well.
For news on Pierre, SD check the Keloland website, people are very worried
that Ft. Pierre is going to be submerged- the Oahe is extremely full and
Belle Fourche is flooded.
We pray for everyone’s safety and the least amount of damage.
We just want the rain to stop to plant the garden, mow the grass and be able
to hay in a couple of weeks.
Thought it was interesting the retina reflection. In India, the medical
beliefs are about chakras and blue is a strong one- so I think our animals
have strong spirits due to being well loved.