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Two Tidbits

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Two morsels from yesterday evening make today’s report, both thanks to Cyndie who contributed the images.

The person renting our fields for cutting and baling hay showed up to fertilize the acres. I sure hope the weather gives him a fighting chance this summer to get some decent bales out of his efforts.

Last year, despite his humble attempts, there were never enough consecutive dry days to achieve much success. He ended up rolling wet hay after the first cut, and only baled a fraction of his second cut after the first frost.

When Cyndie made her way down to the coop at dusk, she found evidence of an intruding prowler.

That plastic container was inside the coop earlier in the afternoon. Cyndie discovered it chewed through and outside on the ground. There were no eggs in the nest box, either, but it wasn’t clear if this just happened to be a day when the two active layers both took a break, or not.

Right now, the australorp is broody and not laying. She spent the day yesterday in the broody-breaker cage.

I’m guessing one of the local raccoons is doing some daytime foraging.

So, there you have two glimpses of our life on the edge of real farming. If I wasn’t so distracted by the day-job lately, maybe I’d devise some plot to persuade the masked bandits to leave us alone. Permanently.

Not that we don’t love wildlife and all. It’s just that we like our chickens and home-laid eggs more.

 

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Written by johnwhays

May 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

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  1. I am telling you, John, that roasted racoon tastes pretty good! Much better in the fall when they have built up a layer of fat for the winter months, but I usually pressure-cook them so the meat falls off the bone! Spring ‘coon would work well!

    wtbell

    May 20, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    • Hmmm. If I trap one, do you want me to drop it off for you? I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to convince the head cook here to prepare raccoon.

      johnwhays

      May 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      • I’m having the same problem in this household — since the last time I butchered two of them in our apartment kitchen and she saw the process! To her, it was like sausage making: once you see it, you won’t eat it!

        wtbell

        May 20, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      • 🙂

        johnwhays

        May 20, 2020 at 10:02 pm


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