The chickens went to the chicken abbatoir yesterday and  returned in their packaging and they are much bigger than I thought they would be. Must be all that milk. This one took over two hours to cook.

Poppy is pretty big too. She is down the back with Sheila and doing fine. Her teats are all healed.

Poppy has been working on her bath-tub. She literally rolls about in the bath until all the water has wooshed out into the grass then off she goes and plays in the mud as I patiently bring the hose all the way back down to fill her water up again. Sheila just sighs. Poppy says thank you very much. But I cannot leave them without water when the heat is rolling in.

Marmalade, last night – watching me work.

I hope you have a lovely day.

I am bringing one of Molly’s piglets up to the house today. It is Rue. I have been watching him and he is just not putting on weigh and is poorly. I will bring him up to the house, hopefully put some weight on him and get rid of that cough, then Lori the pig rescue lady is looking for a home for him. He is officially out of the pork line. These little ones have to be taken out. Chronic bad health spreads fast in organically grown pigs.

Until he is re-homed he can be our house pig. BooBoo loves having house pigs. (and secretly so does Our John) though neither of  them actually clean up after the house pig!!

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Weather Forecast: Perfect hoeing weather! Unless we do get a shower which I would not mind.

Friday 06/09 20% / 0 inPartly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night 06/09 20% / 0 inA stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. A few clouds. Low 64F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph

34 Comments on “Chicken!!

  1. That’s a good sized chicken. Poppy looks quite dog like climbing out of the water trough. Good luck with the piglet 🙂

    • She is a bit like a dog when you think about it. The piglet is rearranging the house – I have given him the star of health and he will be picked up tomorrow. He is way too busy for me. c

  2. Beautiful chicken! Nice that the butcher puts your farm name on it without you having to produce labels of your own. Hope the little piggies bounces back. Nanny Boo will help!

  3. That’s a very good looking chicken, and I bet it had a much happier life than the one we had for dinner this evening :-/

  4. You are so fortunate to have a butcher that takes chickens. We have to processes all our own birds. And though the kids help, butchering day is definitely not a favorite. 🙂 Isn’t it interesting that one piglet out of a group will seem to have issues thriving. We run into that same problem. Have a wonderful day Ms C.

  5. I was admiring your packed chickens posted on IG yesterday. That chicken was 3.07kgs, happy free range and without added brine, it must have been delicious I am sure 🙂 Laura

  6. I’m salivating at the thought of that roasted chicken! Slice of crusty bread dipped in the juices of the roasting pan – pure food pleasure! So happy Poppy is all healed and having fun with her bathing. A mother tend to love lounging in a bath even if it is only a 5 minute moment of bliss. 🙂 “Calgon take me away” (now that shows my age!) Good luck with the house pig…. poor little thing.

  7. I know I am supposed to be thinking about chicken and pigs, but I am too mesmerized by that blue wall. What a beautiful color. I’d say
    the white exterior of your house is a wee bit deceiving!

  8. Good luck with the house pig. I bet you make gravey out of the giblets, they don’t sell chickens here with them now, they stopped years ago. Health and safety 😡 I miss that gravey. Ohh and they don’t sell pork chops with the kidney in either, same excuse, health and safety 😡😡. Have a great day. 😀

      • Yes we used to be able to buy a pork chop with a kidney attached, and we would cook it as a whole. But for some reason they take the kidney out now.

  9. Speaking of the interior of your house – blue wall and all – …how is the doorway from kitchen to storage that was installed a year or two ago working out for you? Saving many unneeded steps, I hope, unless you’re wearing a pedometer and want the extra mileage on those tootsies! Sunny

  10. It really amazes me how much you do in a day! I have a garden, 3 ducks and a herd of cats and just that much is a lot to manage on my own. I’m glad you have help. Sometimes when I read your blog I fantasize about coming up and helping you harvest and cook. Lol.

  11. Your chicken… it’s huge! Six and three-quarter pounds and so chubby. Now I am wondering just what is a “fryer”. I always figured they were the smaller skinny chickens, making it easier for them to be cooked quickly in a frying pan, unless this is a mis-label. Swamp Farm, indeed… lol “Kitchen’s Garden” doesn’t work? … hope you’re having a lovely day too! ~ Mame 🙂

  12. With the right camera equipment, Celi, you could supplement the farmy income as a call-in weather reporter for a big-city TV station. Those short outbursts (e.g., today’s “Perfect hoeing weather!”) followed by some real-life honesty and maybe a conversational aside (“Unless we do get a shower which I would not mind.”) — viewers in their condos high up would love it, their one chance of hearing from the earth.

    P.S. Marmalade seems quite satisfied with the view from the balcony of her remodeled condo.

  13. C. What is the long version of your farm? I always thought it was the Kitchen’s Garden farm! 🙂 Is Marmalade watching you prepare that beautiful chicken?

  14. A chicken of this inviting plumpness simply does not seem to be available anywhere around me, country or not! Knowing the food sans pareil your chooks get I just wonder, since you have to pay for transport to and fro and the abattoir expenses how you can make some well-earned cash out of this at all In this day and age of the supermarket ‘crap’ at cheap prices: people are mostly willing to pay just do much ? Oh yes: would love to know the full name of your farm also . . . knew it could not be KG but somehow just did not think in terms of names at all . . .

  15. You give your animals such good care. Do you eat any of the chickens yourself or are they all for sale?

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