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Meet Goliath & His Flock

Meet Goliath & His Flock

Hello!  I Can’t believe my last post was on May 27th! (Bok Choy Italian Style or Italian Sausage, Gnocchi & Bok Choy) and the last I posted about Buddy’s Flock was on March 9th! (Today is A Bitter Sweet Day….) So, I have allot to catch you up on.  The reason we got rid of Buddy’s Flock was due to me and my hubby traveling for the past 5 months.  We traveled so much it wasn’t going to be fair to the flock with us being away so much.  The last of our travels took us from New Jersey to California, from California to Alaska and from Alaska back home to New Jersey.  Yes, all driving! And my hubby did ALL the driving.  I will get to pictures in another blog, I haven’t even gone through them all yet, we’ve been so busy since we got back home trying to catch up.  We were on the road a few days shy of 8 weeks!

During our travels, driving through allot of farmland, I realized that when we returned home I was again going to get chickens….raise chickens.  When we arrived back home, one of the first things I did in my off time was research chicken breeds.  I knew that I wanted to get Jersey Giants (since being a Jersey Girl and living in Jersey, it can only be right to have some Jersey Giants!), plus I was hoping the size would help deter the hawks???? But I wasn’t sure what colors and if that was the only breed I wanted.  Well, looking into chicks/chicken breeds I found that White Jersey Giants weren’t available, the only available were the black.  No biggie, but I didn’t want a flock of all black chickens (mainly because I like to name them and if they’re all the same kinda hard to tell them apart, that’s just my opinion, but I do like variety and color. When we had all New Hampshire Reds I numbered them because I couldn’t tell them apart)  Anyway, after doing my research, and deciding on breeds, the important traits were size, cold hardy & friendliness, I found the ones that I was interested in and all to be hatched at the same time at My Pet Chicken.  So, I called and spoke to some very friendly folks there, very knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions.  I placed an order, actually on my birthday, for chicks that were going to hatch on August 31 and would be to me by Sept. 2.  That gave me and my hubby time to plan and get ready for them.   So, instead of 1 or 2 breeds, I ordered 6! (Actually 8, my girlfriend, Pam ordered 4 chicks that came in with mine, helps to save on shipping!) LOL!  I couldn’t really make up my mind.  But here’s what I ordered: 1 Black Jersey Giant Rooster- name:Goliath (of course, at this point, we don’t know which one is Goliath), 2 Black Jersey Giant Hens – names: Tillie & Millie 2 Partridge Plymouth Rock hens – names: Sweetie Pie & Honey Bun, 2 Golden Laced Wyandotte hens – not named waiting on feathers, 2 Speckled Sussex hens – Named: Itsy (our little runt) & Bitsy, 2 Easter Egger hens – Not named yet waiting on feathers and 2 White Plymouth Rock hens whom my grandson Tyler named Hope & Grace.  He will also name the 4 that aren’t name yet.

So here’s they’re debut for you!  They were a week old yesterday.

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Today is a Bitter Sweet Day…..

Actually tomorrow will be a bitter sweet day, but todays my last day with my girls.  We have decided that for now we will no longer be raising back yard chickens.  It was a wonderful 4 years and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  We are going though some life changes, nothing serious, but that will be taking allot of our time and won’t be fair to the girls.  Luckily for me, I’m able to rehome most of them to friends.  The older ones are going to have to go to the auction 😦  Please don’t say anything, I’m sad enough.

Fred & his girls

Here are my latest pictures of most of the flock (you can click on them to make them bigger, no need to strain your eyes).  Due to the snow, some of them decided to stay in the hen house, most, did venture out on the path that my hubby made.

Fred and the flock Fred, not happy about walking on the snow Trying to get to the path without walking on the snow Autumn & Sunshine Flying not to touch the snow! Black Cat & Lillie My hubby giving the girls a treat Grey cat  & Lillie Grey Cat hanging with the flock Lilly trying not to walk on the snow The Chicklets

For sure my chickens DO NOT like snow.  My girlfriend Sandy is taking our rooster Fred and 5 of the girls, my girlfriend Pam is taking 2 young hens and little Pokey (Pokey is one of the last hatches and Pam is the one who donated the eggs)  I was hoping that someone would take young Corny, he’s going to be a wonderful friendly rooster, he loves being held, I have an emergency message into another friend with back yard chickens and hoping she can help out.

I will continue to post recipes to my blog and photos of any of our new and upcoming ventures.  So, please stay tuned!

It’s 2015! Happy New Year!

Where has all the time gone!!!???  Seems like is was only September then we took a hyper jump to Christmas!  It’s been a whirl wind around here, but now things are slowing down and getting back to whatever normal will be for this year.

I’m hoping to do a few posts this week to just get some recipes on here, but no guarantees! I’m trying though.  And do know, your not forgotten.

My last post was on November 10th! Geez! and was titled New Happenings in Buddy’s Flock, in that post I informed you that mamma Reds was again broody and since I didn’t have a rooster at that point in time, I had 2 friends donate fertile eggs to her on different days, I got 4 eggs from Pam and 5 eggs from Chrissie.  The eggs I received from Pam all hatched, 1 hatched 1 day early and the chick didn’t survive 😦  The other 3 hatched as scheduled on November 25th,  2 days later mamma reds kicked the other 5 eggs out of the nest so there were no chicks there 😦

The 3 chicks that did hatch are doing great!  Even with the cold and right now its bitter cold here in South Jersey.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to Prissy (Priscilla), Cornie (Cornucopia) and Pokie (Pocahontas)

Since this time, we’ve taken all the young roosters to auction, probably at least 9 of them.  So now Fred has settled into being the patriarch of the hen house and the hens are accepting him as the head guy.  He seems to be getting the hang of all his duties as a rooster and at this point in time has a harem of 18 hens.

So stay tuned for more updates on Buddy’s Flock.

Sad day in the Chicken Yard

Prince Charming with Goldie and her 5 chicks.  This is his 1st ever babies.

Prince Charming with Goldie and her 5 chicks. This is his 1st ever babies.

Well, this morning I went out to open up the chickens and let them into the chicken yard, first out always is any mama hen with chicks, so that would be Goldie and crew.  As I’m waiting for the morning chicken march, out comes Goldie and 1 chick!  I waited, looked around and nothing.  4 chicks MISSING!  Oh no!

I looked around the hen house and there was an opening under the coop which the chickens had made by scratching and I failed to fill it in and generally in the morning before the chickens are let out any babies will run in an out on their own if any holes are not filled in at night.  Now mind you, the hen house is fenced in and our chicken yard is covered, some of the netting was in need of repair but we haven’t had any hawk sitings lately due to the increase of crows so it wasn’t on our do right now list.  As I was searching for evidence I noticed a row of fresh grey downy feathers outside the coop in the area of the hole.  The feathers were not the coloring of any of my hens and being fresh would not have been any of my hens since they were inside.  That was my only clue.  So I went in the house and told my hubby the horrible disturbing news and and back outside we went to investigate more.  If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’d know that my soon to be 90 year old dad lives above our garage and can see the chickens anytime he looks out his window or goes out on his deck.  His window was open so I yelled up to him the bad news.

My hubby and I had a previous engagement for today, so off we went leaving my dad to keep vigilant watch over the chicken yard.  So, while we were out my dad decided to do some investigating on his own.  He did find a hole going under the fence, which he filled in without showing us (oh well) but he did find some unusual scat.  I’m going to have to do some investigating on scat, if any of you know anything about scat, I’m putting a picture here let me know what you think.  It’s like whatever did it, backed into the milk crate as if to mark the area.

scat

So, now poor Goldie has only 1 baby, and it looks to be a little roo.  We are so heart broken,  We have fixed the netting and filled in all holes and set up the trail cam for tonight.   I think I need to see if anyone in the area has any baby chicks we can get and put under poor Goldie.

Happy Memorial Day!

I  know, I know, Memorial Day was yesterday, but I was busy entertaining.  How was your Memorial Day Weekend?  Ours was very nice.  Started out cold here on the East Coast, with everyday getting a little bit better than the day before.  I decided at the last minute to have a small get together, once I knew that the weather was going to be working in our favor.  I just love to have get togethers, of any size, for various reasons, first of course for the wonderful fellowship and then of course, for me anyway, I get to use my guests as guinea pigs!  I think they’re all beginning to love to be my guinea pigs as much as I love having them!

Well, since I’ve changed my eating style/habits I don’t want to bombard my guests with all ‘good for you’ recipes, BUT, I will slip them in.  My menu yesterday, consisted of store bought UTZ Multigrain Tortillas: Whole grain corn flour, corn oil, whole grain brown rice flour, flax seeds, oat fiber, evaporated cane juice, toasted sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, soy protein isolate, sea salt. Homemade Mango Salsa ( I made this on the whim, there’s no recipe, just use, mango, cucumber, grape tomatoes (you can use plum, but right now since Jersey tomatoes aren’t in, Grapes have the best flavor) lime juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and seasonings of choice.

I also, made bbq spareribs, I always make my ribs in the oven, you have more control over them, and I cook them low and slow,  I actually start out with my oven at 325 then half an hour later turn it down to 300 then another half an hour I turn it down to 275 and keep it there, I generally flip my slab at this time..  I use a dry rub on both sides of the slab and make a bbq sauce on the stove top and brush it on the ribs 1/2 before taking them out of the over, with turning them 15 minutes before taking them out and saucing that side.  I also make my bbq sauce as I feel and at this point I don’t give out that recipe…sorry. I also, grilled chicken legs and thighs, first I marinated them in a garlic italian salad dressing, then after they were just about done cooking added the same bbq sauce that I put on the ribs.  Baked Beans is always a must when I cook a summertime meal for guests.  I use good quality canned baked beans, I also add in a can of black beans and a can of pinto beans, then I add in brown sugar and catsup to taste,  sometimes I put sliced bacon on top.  I cook my beans in the oven set at 425 for about an hour.  We also had corn on the cob, whats Memorial Day without it!  and I also made coleslaw, coleslaw I make different every time, because I’m never happy with it.

Well, this time I used the KFC Recipe that’s been going around and everyone loved it.  So now I know how I’ll be making my coleslaw from now on! Yeah! One less thing to worry about.  So, here’s the recipe along with the link where I got it.  Enjoy. Oh, I will also be adding the ‘guinea pig’ recipes 😉  My one girlfriend, Pam and her hubby are doing the Hallelujah Acres diet and my other girlfriend, Cheryl and her fiancee are eating the way most folks do, but says she wants to start eating better.

So, I made 2 ‘raw’ desserts.  I will be putting the recipes up with photos after I finish here with the KFC Cole Slaw Recipe.  The desserts that I decided to make where: Raw Banana Macadamia Coconut Dream Pie by Fragrant Vanilla Cake and Raw Strawberries and Cream Fudge also by Fragrant Vanilla Cake. Okay, lets begin now with the KFC Cole Slaw Recipe, shall we???

KFC Cole Slaw recipe

KFC Cole Slaw recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup buttermilk  (If your like me and you don’t keep buttermilk in the house make it Buttermilk Substitute)
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 cups finely chopped cabbage (approx. 1 head)  (I cheated, I bought the bagged stuff)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
2 tablespoons minced onion

Directions: * Be sure cabbage and carrots are chopped into very fine pieces (a little bigger than rice) * Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in large bowl. Beat until smooth * Add cabbage, carrots, and onions. Mix well. * Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, if you let it sit over night it’s even better. Enjoy!  Let me know how you liked it!