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Chickens Ready for Processing

I built a cover for my trailer to haul the 26 chickens for processing. Sorry about the bad photo. I should have taken a snapshot in daylight.

Sorry I haven’t posted in almost two months!  I’m still doing projects in diesel modification and preparedness, but I’ve been slow and I really haven’t written anything in a while.

The Job.  I found a path away from the military work I was doing and took it.  It turned out that this small company had been languishing in an undermanned spiral for some time.  So, I show up, try to fix what I can, and wind up working 12-14 hour days all of the time.

I’m looking at another opportunity.  My boss, a VP of the company, is aware of this.  He and some others have made an offer to make it more attractive for me to stay.  The other opportunity seems very attractive, though, and I think I’ll still take that when they make the offer.  I’m still thinking about it, though.

Meanwhile, I got over the hump on getting a quarterly review out, and chose to take today off.  I got caught up on a number of things and thought I’d start seeing what I can do to promote my book, again.

Chickens in the Freezer

Here we have 20+ chickens that now occupy my dedicated freezer.

The Book.  I’d like to announce that my book The Art of Diesel: Building an Efficient Family Hauler will be available for free this coming Friday through Saturday (25-27 July).  Go grab a free copy and be sure to write a review of the book on Amazon!  Also, if you buy the paperback version, you’ll get the Kindle version for free.

Chickens.  I’ve mentioned that this blog is about preparedness, so I’ll point out that we raised some 26 meat chickens from chicks and after ten weeks they were ready to be “processed.”  In fact, these breeds are so pitiful that if you don’t slaughter them right away they’ll start developing all kinds of other problems, including not being able to walk.  They are bred to get big fast.  We’ll look at some other breeds next time.

I didn’t get a good photo of what I did to my trailer, but I built a cover to haul them to the Amish ladies who do the processing at a low price.  Eventually we want to learn these skill for ourselves, but we don’t want the learning experience to be under the gun with more than 20 to do at a time.  We’ll make it a point to set a few aside, next time, and learn.  Or, we’ll get with some friends who process their own.

So, after ten weeks in a Darby Simpson-style chicken tractor (we only live about two miles from him, by the way), these chickens were ready to go.  We dropped them off early in the morning and picked up processed chicken ready for the freezer.  One guy commented that these were some very large chickens, and here’s a snapshot of our freezer stuffed with them.  They are very tasty and we feel comfortable about how/where they were raised.

Other Projects.  I have had to make some repairs and do some maintenance on my Jetta TDI that now has 266,000 miles on it.  I’ll take some time to post on that later.  I hope to make regular blog posts on this and the sister site: Core 4 Liberty  much more often.

–At least I’m starting to blog, again!

 

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