Primping For The Fair

I want a couple more chickens to pump up our egg production. A friend suggested that rather than starting from chicks, maybe I could buy some at the livestock auction at the county fair. So, tonight I went over and scoped it out. 20160803_192644At the poultry barn, 4-H kids were preparing their birds for the big show tomorrow, and I found it pretty amusing. This one was getting a bath and a manicure.

I had to ask around at the barns, but apparently you can’t bid on laying hens, just meat chickens, aka “Broilers.” (Is that a cruel nomenclature, or what?) So, that endeavor was a bust but I still got a delicious elephant ear out of the trip.

20160802_091509On another topic, I am full into my August chores of weeding, picking, cleaning, and processing vegetables from the garden. It quickly gets overwhelming. I stopped to check on the green beans yesterday morning and the next thing I knew I was dripping wet and hauling in a bushel basket full of work to do. Fresh stuff from your own farm is a delight, except for the guilt over the old produce still on the kitchen sink while the new stuff waits on the back porch.

 

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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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3 Responses to Primping For The Fair

  1. I’m learning about growing vegetables. This year I have yellow squash, zucchini, lots of herbs (they seem to thrive on neglect) and chard. Earlier we had some cauliflower that was quite good, but it bolted very soon. I drive to a friend down valley to get fresh chicken and duck eggs. I discovered that duck eggs are the bomb for baking! Have fun at the fair!

  2. bluestempond says:

    I’ve never tried duck eggs. I don’t think I’m ready to adopt ducks yet!

  3. Ann Coleman says:

    I can honestly say I’ve never seen a chicken getting a bath before! And I both sympathize with and envy your problem with too much fresh produce from your farm. I know it’s a lot of work, and so many things ripen all at once, but still, I’d love to have such an abundance! Spoken like a true city girl, I know! The grass is always greener…… Thanks for this post!

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