Being flexible and ready for change, I think I'm becoming better in that department as I grow older. Being ready for anything, yet being excited, not afraid for changes.
Well, a big change might be happening in our life at EB Ranch. Bob and I put out little farm up for sale in hopes to find a more secluded place in the same area. We have our eyes on a particular place and put an offer in, but by no means know if we will get it.
Over the last 10 days we have been scrambling to make our home presentable for listing pictures and potential showings. Our amazing realtor took pictures last night and made on online listing. My focus has been the house, and just rudimentary care for the critters. I haven't been able to spend extra time with any of the critters, including our two dogs Hilde and Freyja. Thankfully, starting today things will start melding back into the regular routine. I'll take the dogs for runs up and down the driveway, brush the goats out, clean out the grain bin and start in on barn cleaning.
Of course we plan on bringing all the critters with us to a new place. Depending on what we find we may have to improvise housing for a while. EB Ranch LLC will still be going strong no matter where we are at.
This morning I already spent extra time with my cornish cross chickens and turkeys. The oldest batch of chickens are about ready for harvest. I weighed some of my bigger birds this morning and they are at about 6 pounds. You can average a dressed weight by subtracting 1/3 of their weight. So on average, if I butchered them now a bird will weigh in the 4-5 pound range. I plan on harvesting my oldest batch next weekend, but I may go one more week just to be on the safe side. I think they are growing a bit slower because of all the pasture they run around on, and I'm totally o.k with that! I would prefer the grew a bit slower, that reduces any health issues.
The turkeys mixed in the group are doing great, they look very turkey like now and have lost most of their face and neck feathering. The boys are really strutting their stuff and practicing their feather fluffing sex appeal! I may end up transferring the turkeys in the barn with the egg layer chickens, geese, and goats. They are getting a bit too big to be around my cornish cross chickens. They aren't mean on purpose but can really hog the feeders from the other birds.
There are a lot of other thoughts running through my brain lately. I really want to start hyper focusing on certain aspects of farming that I can make a living from. I know I don't have any interest in doing a veggie CSA, but I want to focus on my goat milk soap, along with my San Clemente goats. I'm not to sure about having so many egg laying chickens, as a future market may be a bit shaky. I do love growing and caring for my meat bird chickens, turkeys and geese. Anyway, just thinking about narrowing down and focusing. Always a good thing, right?
Here are a bunch of pictures and a link for our house listing.
Enjoy, if you have a chance share our house listing with people, and thanks for the support! -Erin
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.