We have 28 birds in the freezer, one in the fridge...yumm, yumm. Weights not too bad this year, killed them 10 days sooner than last years' ones. The weights got away from us a bit last year, much more reasonable this time. There are just the two of us now, so 6 and a half pounds dressed or so is about right.
These guys didn't get quite as much grass as last year, very dry here untill the other day, when we had some rain.
We have to replace a cellar window and a window well this year, before we put much more wood in. Hubby has made a cement window well, and I'm digging out the hole to put it in.
Hubby can use the tractor to move the gravel, so we won't have to do more than shovel it into the pit.
I get to keep the soil for a raised bed, grin.
Mushrooms down cellar, must get Hubby to bring me a tractor scoop of compost for them before freeze up. Meadow mushrooms, for those who like mushrooms. Right now, they are growing in a large plastic bag, but will split the culture and add compost in a larger tub for the winter. They like dead grass, tea bags, manure, peat....all kinds of organic matter.
There is a mushroom growing operation close by. When a 'pod' is mostly run out, they sometimes let staff take it home...so a buddy got a pod from his son who works there. He gave it to us. It did fruit several flushes, but stopped...tried manure and compost tea and got several small flushes. Now, it's resting and I have fed it dead grass, teabags, manure, peatmoss, corn leaves, whatever looks composty. The mycellium seems to be plump, nice and rubbery, spreading, but no more fruiting just yet. This is my first go at it, so am relying on internet directions, and hoping for the best, grin. I think as long as I keep it fed, it will go on for quite a while.