How are you all? We are well into the month of January and it's been a few months since I've posted. We stayed home this winter instead of going to Texas, Jim was hit very hard with pneumonia this past October and it actually had taken a few months to finally get his strength back and is finally almost 100%.
We got 15 chicks this past September and they are doing awesome and are 17 weeks. When we got the 15 chicks Jim was hoping that one of them would be a rooster. Well sure enough, I informed him after feeding them one morning that I think he got his wish, one was indeed a rooster, one of the Delaware's was a roo and he seems like a very nice fellow and should work out just fine.
We have gotten down to 0° during the night a few times and they did just fine. I actually think raising chicks in the fall/winter months is much nicer. We do not heat our chicken coop and don't believe in doing so, it's just how we feel about it. If you do that's fine you have to do what works for you and your chickens.
We plan to integrate both the "bigs" and "littles" as we call them. Right now they are separate, but they have been able to see each other on a daily basis looking at each other through the fence.
Last spring when we got our batch of chickens we got 6 roosters but one of the hens ended up being a rooster. Our plan was to pick a rooster to keep so that we can hatch our own chicks and the others we would butcher and put in our freezer. After seeing how the roosters did one-on-one with the hens we ended up with the rooster we have now and we named him Rudy. Long story short, we cut up two of the roosters (they weren't that big) and I made chicken stock with what was left of the carcass. There is nothing more tasty or nutritious than stock you make yourself.
Let's see what else has been happening since I've posted last. Our cook stove isn't looking so new anymore and I will say it makes an awesome woodfired pizza.
I wanted to grow pumpkins so that I could either can or freeze the pumpkin to use later in the year. I ended up with only 2 pumpkins and probably got 6-7 cups of puree, but I was able to make a couple of pies with it over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and still have some in the freezer to make something else with it.
Back in August we drove to Iowa to pick up this beauty. The top of the cabinet needed some work on it, and Jim with a little bit of help from me got it looking pretty nice. We cleaned and oiled it and she runs like a top. I couldn't believe how nice she sews and I can't wait to start sewing on her.
Life is treating us pretty good here. We have totally embraced winter and even read a Little House on the Prairie book called The Long Winter, out loud to each other. That was quite nice and I couldn't imagine going through a winter like they went through. I recently bought a t-shirt from The Prairie Homestead which is a place I love to visit, but the shirt reads Old Fashioned on Purpose, and that is how I live my life now, I'm Old Fashioned on Purpose.
You all have a wonderful day.