Happy September to you all! I must say that I have not been as faithful a blogger as I thought I would be this summer. I pretty much fell off the band wagon there for a few months, I certainly thought about different blog posts that I could write and took pictures for a lot of them but that’s where that ended. Needless to say, this girl is and has been very busy. I will update you on what has been going on over the summer and what’s cooking as fall is kicking in🤗. First off after the first batch of chickens were processed I ordered a second, larger batch that are just now getting ready to be processed. This batch of chickens have been the most frustrating and delightful batch of meat birds I have yet encountered, at least in the Cornish Cross world. The day they came turned out to be a very cool summer morning so I again needed to make sure that those little peepers got and stayed warm. Through that whole process though I learned that chicks not only die because of cold but also because of heat. I had so many little ones die of both causes with this batch that I was just sick, it’s a balancing act folks and yes, even animal farming is hugely impacted by weather! Unfortunately with this last batch of chickens I did not do very good at all with keeping them in and predators out, I lost quite a few birds to an owl that was enjoying his stay on the farm. Tough lessons have been and are being learned continually on my side of things. You know, you go unto a year with high hopes and expectations and then by your own shortcomings learn that you don’t have all the answers and have a LOT to work on personally in order to succeed at anything. Chickens, pigs, gardens and family has really helped me to realize that this year. The hogs have all grown to lovely bacon happy sizes, and two of them have already been processed for that purpose. I sold three hogs to my uncle last weekend, and tomorrow we are going to bring in the last two. I tell ya, there is nothing so good as tasting your own homeraised pork and chicken! I have more in-depth stories and information coming soon as I am getting back into blogging but for now that’s the livestock update and the Apple’s are ripe at the orchard! Farmer’s market season!!!