Thursday, October 1, 2015

Super Hen!

The 4th egg in the back row was laid this morning. It is the largest chicken egg I have ever seen. All the other eggs are large size. This one is an extra large jumbo jumbo size. I wonder if it is so large because I let the girls out into the yard while I mowed yesterday? They all had a great time going after the bugs the mower stirred up. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shot my first buck at about 6:30 pm. Wish the camera had caught it. Arrow went clean through it. Had to follow the blood trail for about 100 yards. This is me dragging it back to base camp.

He was a young buck. Camera had caught him with an 8-pointer and some does, but he was by himself this time. Probably got run off by the older buck. The arrow entered about 1 foot higher and to the right of where I was aiming. That tells me how fast he reacted to the sound of the crossbow firing, because my bow always hits the bullseye on the target. The bucks don't smell at all bad like the does. A doe has a rank odor about her. Didn't mind processing this one. Got about 25 lbs. of meat. Could have gotten more, but it was too dark and I was too tired. And the rest of the meat was lower quality and would have had too much sinew in it anyway.

Below is a photo of what this buck and the other did to my plum tree. Not only did they use this one for a rub, they ate all the lower branches off it and most of the other fruit trees.

Steaks off one of the shoulders. Note how lean the meat is. This package weighs about 1.5 lbs.

Vacuum sealed, it will come out of the package in 2 years looking like it did when it went in.

Cubing some shoulder for stew. The meat in the bowl was ground for tacos, spaghetti sauce, and chili.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The deer had already been through by the time I got into the stand this morning, but then along came this sly fox. But I was slier. Got him with my crossbow. Arrow went clean through him. My chickens are so happy now!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

DEER Me!!!

Deer in the foreground is a buck. So is the one in the middle between the two in the background. There are others in the dark. Should be able to fill the freezer up this hunting season.

I counted at least 4 points on just the left rack. This one has my name on it.
The two bucks and their does returned for more corn. Only 11 more days until bow season starts.
If he would only stand there like that long enough for me to get a shot off.

Friday, April 3, 2015

First Day of School

At 3 weeks old, time for their first class, which is being held outdoors.

Angel, our rooster, can't wait for the peeps to grow up! You should have seen Angel chasing Karen around last weekend! He saw this new, big hen that he had to put into his pecking order, which he did. She was scared silly!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jeepers Peepers!!!

13 of the cutest fluff balls you've ever seen!
There are 2 Cornish Rock, 2 Bantams (very small breed), 2 Leghorns, 2 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 3 Golden Sex Links, and 2 Dixie Rainbows.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Raised Beds

Because the ground stays so wet, we decided to garden in raised beds. The tractor tires are free from a tire dealer just a couple miles down the road. I planted an Asian persimmon today. Have one more to transplant in the other tire. There are two more tires in which I'll plant fig trees.

This is the raised bed constructed with cinder blocks and cedar lumber. It measures about 4 feet in width by 16 feet in length. The cost of the materials for just this one bed ran about $90. We need at least 7 more of these. Don't think I want to pay $630 more for all that work. So, I think I'll collect more of the free tractor tires and use them instead. I can probably find larger diameter tires and cut the side walls out to increase the planting area in each tire. I may construct 2 more of the long brick beds just for those veggies that grow better in rows.

Earlier this year, I tilled and raked the garden area before planting grass seed. The lawn now holds the sandy ground together (before, one would sink down past their ankles after any appreciable amount of rain) and should soak up a lot of the water that is trapped in the soil. Gardening should be much easier this year. Since constructing the 12-foot high fence, no deer have gotten in. I'll have to put up an electric wire at the base of the fence to keep the groundhogs, rabbits, and racoons out.