Ah, September! I always love your cool nights and your warm days. School busy-ness has changed the household routine, as has homework. The long-season crops like cabbage and Brussels sprouts have begun to flesh out after their Summer of Despair (hot weather, too much rain). And of those long-season crops, our eyes have cast themselves on the feather-clad crops. How long before Winner Winner Chicken Dinner?
Not long at all. The Freedom Rangers (who, though in their tractor at night, now truly range free during the day) are doing quite well, fattening up nicely. I am growing enough of them to have enough to sell, thus tipping the meat chicken bank book into the black. (We’ll keep 18 of the 28 for ourselves.)
So too are the turkeys. Ruby hatched enough for me to sell a few poults this spring, and I am raising two birds for others and one for ourselves, like last year. This means the turkeys, likewise, are self-sustaining.
We’ll all be quite glad to see the turkeys off the farm, though. We have two young toms and a hen, and, while the hen is no problem, the boys are thugs. I call them Qusay and Uday. Gobblegobble!