Butchered 6 roosters this afternoon. Dragged the chicken plucker out the garage, and the ss table, cleaned them both, the table with bleach. Had the 23 qt canner with boiling water taken outside (thanks my love) and put on the electric coil, sharpened my boning knife. This morning I screwed the 3 killing cones to the wild cherry tree next to the horse trailer, ready for those roosters. Nailed them on last time, but they all came down, so maybe screws will last longer.
Didn't take long at all really, just over sn hour. Those boys are soaking in iced water until tomorrow. Think that's why my previous birds were tough, I froze them immediately where all the groups I belong to advise to let them rest so that rigor mortis passes before popping into the freezer. They were a little smaller than I expected - they have all those feathers. Will weigh them tomorrow when packaging.
Already caught one of the Ameraucana boys from the fenceline this afternoon. Will catch another 5 later tonight. Maybe I'll do 9. Would like to do all except 3 boys, then at least 3 ganders and 3 drakes. That should halve the daily feed quantity and fill a shelf or 2 in the freezer.
Had a lovely chat with my sister this morning. She was driving to San Diego for a conference. Miss her. Wish she and her hubby could come visit. Give them a bit of the farm experience.
As I had the drill out, I re-attached the shingles to the dog house roof, and re-attached the water downspouts to the house that the chickens keep pulling off. Feeling rather accomplished today.
Dolly gave over 2 gallons of milk this morning, so started another batch of yoghurt, did 2 loads of washing, started unpacking the dishwasher. Need to do something about the kitchen - story of my life :). Froze the livers, hearts and necks of the chickens - yummy stock in the future.