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Turkey Whisperer

Here is a video from our YouTube Channel of Ryon gobbling with the turkys! Too Funny!

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Stick with What Your Good At!

Over the last couple of years we have experimented with chickens, rabbits, and even Tilapia. We still have all 3, but as a homesteader you have to analyze the cost vs. reward. Our rabbit litters did okay, we have only had a few survive due to good/bad moms and summer heat. However, with chickens we have successfully mastered the art of incubation! Mr. Crab monitored our next batch of little chicken nuggets and hatched 35 of 39! One egg was not fertilized at all (which you can catch early on with consistent candling), 1 pipped but did not make it out, and the other did not pip at all. We found we are REALLY good at hatching baby chicks. Now we have 48 chicks that are 6 weeks old and younger and we have no room!

Our newest batch of chicks, super successful!
Our newest batch of chicks, super successful!

So, what is a person to do with too many chickens, you may ask? Well, you use them for what God intended, Eatin’! We have never slaughtered/prepped a chicken before but are definitely curious as to how to make it as simple as possible. We have 10 older hens on the chopping block and discovered an easy way to pluck them. I mean, who wants to pluck all those chickens?

We have been introduced to the WHIZBANG CHICKEN PLUCKER! We are currently reading up on how to make one of our own because, frankly, they are just too expensive to go out and buy unless you are a commercial chicken processor. It seems pretty simple, but will be posting our progress once the building begins. In the mean time, we have acquired 2 turkeys from the local school Ag Dept that needed someone to take them before school let out…so we are thinking poultry is our niche! They are very mellow and we have really enjoyed them and their gobbling 🙂 I honestly was not sure how I would like them. I think I may like them more than chickens…but shhhhh….don’t tell my ladies I said that!

For now, here are some pics of cute chicks and our new turkeys!

4 Week Old Chicks from Original Hatch Out Foraging
4 Week Old Chicks from Original Hatch Out Foraging
Mr Crab, Chino, and one of the new turkeys getting acquainted
Mr Crab, Chino, and the new turkeys getting acquainted
The new Turkeys getting sprayed with water under a hot Texas sun!
The new Turkeys getting sprayed with water under a hot Texas sun!
This Turkey's Close Up, really neat how the neck and head change colors from blue to red!
This Turkey’s Close Up, really neat how the neck and head change colors from blue to red!
Interesting enough, they actually like sitting in baby pool
Interesting enough, they actually like sitting in the baby pool!
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Pineapple Progress Day 5

So far the Pineapples are looking good! Both pineapples were planted in an organic potting soil for fruits and vegetables in containers, and watered thoroughly every day. Notice the outer leaves in the below picture are turning brown. However, in the next picture you will see new growth on the inside of the leaves. This is an excellent sign. Once the outer leaves turn completely brown, I will cut those off so the plant is not sending nutrients to those pieces.

The Pineapples in Organic Potting Soil Day 5. Notice the outer leaves turning brown, this is normal.
The Pineapples in Organic Potting Soil Day 5.
Notice the outer leaves turning brown, this is normal.
New Growth on Inner Leaves
New Growth on Inner Leaves
A closer look at the new growth on pineapple #2
A closer look at the new growth on pineapple #2

Now, I am showing pictures of 2 other older pineapple heads I planted, and I dipped one in Clone-X cloning gel, and the other I mixed 1 teaspoon of Mycorrhiza into the top layer of soil. The one with the Clone-X seems to be growing inner leaves better then the other. They were both planted in the same soil as the first 2. I will have to not be so hard on these 2 pineapples, however because they were looking pretty drab when I planted them, so I am simply experimenting with these.

Older Pineapples Planted:  Left has Clone-X on roots Right has Mycorrhiza in soil
Older Pineapples Planted:
Left has Clone-X on roots
Right has Mycorrhiza in soil
Even though it is old, the Clone-X Pineapple is still growing new leaves!
Even though it is old, the Clone-X Pineapple is still growing new leaves!
The Mycorrhiza Pineapple is not doing as well. Slow new growth is turning brown.
The Mycorrhiza Pineapple is not doing as well. Slow new growth is turning brown.

Stay tuned for update progress!!

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Growing Pineapples

There is nothing quite like summer without sweet delicious fruit! The new “have to try, grow from kitchen scraps” fad is the amazing Pineapple! I love a sustainable landscape, and I am working on mine now! This is a great way to save money on those expensive plants because all you need is a pot and some organic soil! And of course the pineapple, which you eat! My family and I are always juicing, and the pineapple is a big part of our breakfast, so naturally I wanted to try this new technique out and track the progress. I am not sure if fruit will grow (that is the point though right?), but these fruits make beautiful landscaping accents, especially for those South West themed yards! Don’t forget to compost the leaves you peel off for a full circle of “recycling”:) Here is how to do it yourself and I will be updating this post with our progress!

The Experiment: Pineapples
The Experiment: Pineapples
Twist the Top of the Pineapple right off
Twist the Top of the Pineapple right off
Peel Away the Lower Leaves to Expose the Roots
Peel Away the Lower Leaves to Expose the Roots
Off With Their Heads! Place your Pineapples in a glass of water for 24 hours to help stimulate the roots. Or you can plant directly into a good Organic Potting Soil.
Off With Their Heads! Place your Pineapples in a glass of water for 24 hours to help stimulate the roots. Or you can plant directly into a good Organic Potting Soil.
Here is a more magnified look of the roots in water...they don't really look like normal roots to me either :)
Here is a more magnified look of the roots in water…they don’t really look like normal roots to me either 🙂
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Escapes All Natural Soy Candles

I am proud to announce the release of Escapes. All-natural soy candles that allow you to Escape through your senses to a calm, serene dream. The Spring debut of Caribbean Dreams, Hawaiian Isles, Apple Orchards, Strawberry Fields, and Watermelon Patch will all allow you to travel wherever your senses allow you. Escapes are made with natural soy flakes, strong aromatic scents, long lasting wicks, and then poured into tea light holders and the larger jelly, tureen, and tumbler jars for a relaxing, clean look. These candles are Paraffin (petroleum based) FREE! They are ideal for people with allergies and for those who enjoy a clean and “green” burning candle. The burn time for each 8 ounce candle is over 28 hours.

The Natural Soy Candle Flakes Used for Escapes Candles
The Natural Soy Candle Flakes Used for Escapes Candles

I have tea lights on sale for $1 each and the Time Traveler’s Escapes Pack (1 tea light of each scent) for $5. The 8 ounce Escapes candles are $8 each. The average cost for 3-5 day shipping if you order 2 to 3 candles is $5.80. This will vary per zip code and how many candles you order, so please email me with your address and which candles you want for more accurate pricing. I will respond with the correct amount. You can also contact me via my contact info on the main page, if you prefer that form of communication. Below are pictures of the candles with their amounts that I have available now. I will update once I make candles in the other styles of jars.

Escapes Spring Collection:   Tea lights $1.00  8 oz. Jelly Jars $8.00
Escapes Spring Collection:
Tea lights $1.00
8 oz. Jelly Jars $8.00

I accept payments through PayPal. Simply “Send Money” to crabsjuicenstuff@ymail.com. Enter the amount I sent back via email, and once the money is sent, I will mail out your package the same day if you order before 3:00 P.M. CST.