Yet another new addition, Welsummer chicks! These ladies were discovered through the blog My Pet Chicken with the title, "The Best Chicken Breed to Choose for the Zombie Apocalypse". Such an intriguing topic naturally piqued our interest, and these darling chicks proved to be the top pick! Superior foragers, feathered with natural camouflage, excellent egg layers, tolerant of both hot and cold climates, and do a great job at raising their own chicks; outside of being a quality post-apocalyptic layer, this breed stood out as a well-rounded quality bird.
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The fryers are about 5 weeks old now.
The muscovy ducks have returned to their old home, but during our visit to their current residence we were fortunate enough to learn from a very magnanimous friend the ins and outs of harvesting a duck (mind the pun). We returned home with one of the ducks in tow and cooked up a most delectable dinner. Roasted duck stuffed with fennel and onions, freshly harvested salad, colcannon, cheese, pesto and fresh baked bread.
The gracious and massive bird will provide us with several meals, the next one in line was Duck Tail Soup!
Duck Tail Soup, fresh salad, boiled cabbage and a little Mycelium Running
Speaking of recipes; this creation is called colcannon, and we lifted it from Steve Solomon's book Gardening When It Counts. Basically you boil kale until the leaves wilt, add chopped potatoes, more water, and your favorite spices until you have a mashed potato-like consistency. The benefit of preparing it in this style is that you don't lose any of the nutrients in the vegetables as you never drain the water. Plus it's absolutely delicious. With some of our favorite sprouted wheat berries on the side this meal was a treat
Old Lady Grey's babies are about two weeks old and their eyes are opening up!
A new play toy for the rambunctious bunnies
A KK nap (Keegan Kitty nap)