The other morning as I went into the garage to water and feed this second batch of chicks in the
It is always unfortunate when one of your livestock dies, but it is the way of the world - all are born and all must die one day (us included)
I have really been enjoying the pigs and geese. They have such wonderful personalities, and the pigs are extremely curious and playful. A far cry from their fearfulness when they first arrived at the acreage. The geese are just lovable.... when free ranging they just want to be where ever we are. They especially like to follow me (all the animals love me because I'm the 'food lady')
I'm beginning to wonder how I'll be in the autumn when it is butchering time. Daughter has named all the animals. I know we shouldn't name our food, but then we talk about them all the time so its easier if they are all named. I'm not unfeeling or uncaring and I so enjoy the animals, but in my head I know they will be food for us one day. So many people can't imagine butchering and eating an animal, but we are practical people. I would rather know that the meat I am eating came from an animal that was raised properly and humanely, and that it had a happy life. Purchasing a plastic wrapped styrofoam tray of meat where you have had no connection with the animal and have no history of how it was raised seem unnatural to me. Though we have also purchased meat that way for a long time, I prefer to shop at our local butcher and buy free range beef, chicken and turkey that he brings in from local farms.
Here is a photo of the ducklings we hatched out last week. Out of the nine eggs only four hatched. We have decided to sell them, so if you would like to add some Khaki Campbell ducks to your homestead just let me know :)