Didn't find any eggs today, after only finding 2 a day for the past week or so - one in the window well, the other in the chicken house. The FrankenChickens, on the other hand are fattening nicely. They have huge feet and are such ungainly, eating, pooping machines. Size-wise, think butcher day is around end October. Manda has offered to come and help, I showed her last time and she has some roosters she wants to bring to do. Very surprised that only 1 died, so still have 19 of them. Herbie has asked if I'm going to make him chicken nuggets ! Arhggg - that means extra work - grinding the meat into burger, seasoning and shaping it, then crumbing, frying or baking and vacuum packing for the freezer. So after spending a whole day doing killing, plucking, de-entrailing, all rather yucky jobs, to then going on a chicken nugget tangent - oy vey. With the last FrankenChickens, I did "nuggets" from the breasts, but they were too "chewy". Therefore the request for softer versions, more like store-bought. I've come to realise that my American husband likes his meat prepared in the American way - shredded, pulled, ground, chipped, chopped, thinly sliced, or otherwise mashed and although he's usually game to try whatever I concoct, he's not a steak kind of guy.
I've named the new little calf Saffron. Came about when I saw her lying next to a round bale feeder, and said hey little pumpkin, how're you doing. Then thought pumpkin spice, which morphed into Saffron. She's a light, reddish blonde colour, although it'll probably change as she ages.
The chill is definitely in the air. Put the duvet back on the bed, and started wearing thermals too. I'm not well yet, still on the antibiotics, running a temperature, but much better. Still have the haematomas in my nose, but wear the breathe-right strips which usually allows me to breathe easier. The steroids helped with the sinus infection, so besides being careful with my nose, I'm not hurting everywhere.
Prayers for my school friend Joan Lovemore-Hope. She's battling cancer and has a lot of pain that the Drs haven't been able to control yet. May God be merciful, and give her a better quality of life.