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Successful hatch completed New Years Day 2014! We hatched 16 out of 20, 2 passed the first and second day, and we now have 14 Healthy Happy chicks! One of the deceased was very weak, and the other could not open one of its eyes, so I trust mother nature knew what she was doing. With death, there is also life and we love healthy baby chicks!
Check out their new home that Papa Crab built for our new babies! We call it the Redneck Television 🙂 because it is so fun to watch them move around now that they are more active!
And one week later they are moving and grooving! We have one yellow chick, I am sure it is a Rhode Island Red. We do not have a Red rooster, but we do have a Plymouth Barred Rock Rooster whose mom was a Red, and his dad was a Rock. He is a beautiful Roo! Dark feathers with tints of green and red. I am positive that this yellow chick’s mom was a Red and the dad was the Mixed Rooster. From my understanding, if the mixed rooster’s dad was a Red and the mom was a Barred Rock, then we could call him a Black Sexlink (sp). But since his dad was a Rock, he is a Rock.
We are in the process of incubating 20 more right now. Coming up on Day 8, the first candle day. We are working on a self sufficient meat supply four our family and are looking at slaughtering the chickens when they reach 6-8 weeks of age. Depends on their size of course, but we now have 10 hens laying and 2 roosters, which we will replace slowly with a couple of chicks from our new hatches. This is why we are consistantly hatching. Hopefully this new plan we have ensures our chicken meat consumption for the future months, chicken broth I can preserve via pressure canning, and continuous egg production from our 6 month-1 year chickens. We no longer have Rhode Island Reds, as we slaughtered all of the hens this Fall. Well all but the newest yellow one! Not sure if we will keep it around or not, I am still deciding. Either way, we are in full chicken making swing here at the Crab Homestead!
I know this is the second laundry detergent I am posting, not including the revised one, but after experimenting over the last few months, I found this one smells and works the best! Use all of the same ingredients as original:
- Borax, Super Washing Soda
- Fels Naptha Soap
- Your favorite soap bar (I have Caress because I had a ton of coupons for them!)
- Your favorite scented Downy Crystals. (These are the only ones I have used, but I am sure other brands will work just as well).
- Optional (I have not tried yet, but thought of it): OxyClean
I also doubled this recipe in some places so I would have more, as my last experiment only lasted 2 months. I say “only” but that is a small amount if you have ever made your own laundry detergent! I like to have more at one time so I only need to do this every 3-4 months! I am still using my same borax and washing soda boxes that I purchased a year ago…so yes it is def COST SAVING!
You also need ready:
- 5 gallon bucket (Home Depot & Tractor Supply sell these for $2.50
- 3 Empty and Clean Milk Jugs, or empty laundry detergent bottles
Then Add your Soap Soup to the bucket once it is not steaming anymore. Now, Stir like a witch and her cauldron! Let it set for 24 hours. It should be a gelatinous beauty the next day.
I forgot to take pictures, but mine was pink and was firm with a little water in it still. I used a funnel and soup ladel to distribute the soap into my 3 milk gallon jugs. I aimed to only fill it half way in each jug, just in case I had to add water to it to make it less chunky. This was a problem I had with my first batch. It was too chunky for my HE wash. Thankfully, this was not needed this time.
SHAKE REALLY WELL BEFORE EACH USE TO BREAK UP CHUNKS! Add water if you feel you need to. You shouldn’t have to though. Add about 1/2 a cup or to fill line in your wash and enjoy your wonderful smelling clothes!!
Ok, so I was not totally satisfied with the laundry detergent smell. I simply added 2 capfuls of Purex Crystals and instead of fels-naptha soap, I used DOVE brand soap for women. I love the smell now! I also reduced the water by a couple of cups to keep it form getting too watery. I placed a quarter of a gallon in recycled milk jugs so I could see the firmness and decide to add water or not once it set for 24 hours. My next project is home made Febreze!
Wow it has been a while since posting! Here is an update on the chicks we hatched this last spring 2013!
We were able to slaughter 40+ chickens in the last 3 months. Most were roosters and the others were our older hens. We now have our original rooster, 6- 2 yr old hens, 2 new roosters and 11 new hens. We are downsizing still on the hens as we are getting plenty of eggs! We are also attempting an incubation in the coming week, so I will be posting progress.
We also received 15 Midget White and Narragansett Turkeys this August, we are down to 11 (4 white/7 Narragansett….I just wanted to see if I could spell that word again without looking..lol) due to early loss. We only want 4 , so we are hoping come Christmas one will be big enough for dinner :). The Toms just started to gobble and they are definitely wanderers. Either way, I will update with some pics as I can.
That is about it for now on the chickens and turkeys. I may also post a video on how we slaughter the chickens and prepare the meat. I have also been boiling the whole chickens to make broth to can in my pressure cooker. Some canning recipes soon as well!