The Little chicks have grown into velosa Raptors, in 9 weeks I have harvested 4 of them, I have left 3 to grow some more. The first meal that we ate was crumbed chicken schnitzel. Whist the whole thing has not been a piece of cake, it really shows the effort that it takes to look after another animal, even though I am going to eat it, I still owe it to the animal that it should live the best life I can provide for it. I have them in a pen but most days they get to forage around the yard. Plus now I am getting them to convert Venison into Chicken meat!!. Thats a win win.
Another whole meal grown, harvested & cooked entirely by myself.
I still struggle with getting the feathers off without tearing the skin, A mate has offered to come and teach me. I still have things to learn, and never doubt that I could always learn more. But its still works, everything is just skinless.
Yep- Crumpets dont have anything to do with wild harvest, but this is a way of life that I am trying to get across, this is how I freeze all my food, individual portions, once frozen, then thrown them in together. This was there will not be any loss of food as its all stuck together.
Dont forget its Garlic & onion planting time
Another step towards zero left overs- Chooks will really only eat, what we eat, cooked food mostly. Pumpkin, potato, fruit skins etc, they wont eat, but what I have learned is, if I cook the leftovers and mash it all up, they will eat it, and best of all, its cooked on the stove top using no energy in the process.
Getting venison has been a revelation, well not really- I am around venison a bit, but only thought of it as human food, but when there is surplus or Stag meat thats not so great. I give it all my animals, the photo of the chicks is them eating venison and converting it into chicken!- its sustainably harvested, and in fact is helping the Australian bush. It sure beats buying canned and other pet foods. The best way is to mince it all, stick it into muffin tins and then freeze, once frozen stick ti all in 1 bag. Each night I put some in the fridge for the morning- cat, dog & chooks.