So I finally got to some butchering done, the oldest laying hens are now finished, I have my year old layers and my up and coming 12 week old layers still doing well with us.. I also got all my extra roosters done. In another 4 to 6 weeks my meat birds will be ready to get butchered out, an I have lots of ducks that will be reaching the right age inbetween.. I am truly impressed with the amount of fat, I am getting for future use in regards to cooking/frying etc.
I have been able to make a number more of my sheep tallow candles for future use, I have figured out how to get rid of the tiny bit of sputtering, I take my twice cleaned fat, let it crumble out and then freeze it, let it dry out in the freezer for a couple days and then remelt and no more sputter.. I love it.. it burns really clean and really slow, I have put up a number of small 6 oz candles in the 8 oz jars.
This week has been awesome on the making of my lucet necklace/scarf designs, so far I have figured out how to make them double stranded, double colored and or in different patterns.. so awesome.. Some of them are three stranded, some are four and some are even five.. Going to just share one of them with you.. don’t laugh to hard but Dh is modeling for me..I stuck him a black turtleneck.. I will get the ladies in the family to model their’s and post them after xmas..
I think I have talked about the fact that locally this year, there is no straw available, now I have heard that you can get large straw bales brought in from outside our local area if you are willing to pay 85 a bale for it.. yikes.. most of the folks are using old hay as bedding, if they can track it down, Now I got a little leg up as my regular Farmer R had been saving me two large 900 pd straw bales in his storage for me since spring, he offered me the chance to buy what he had left from 2010, and I was so excited to find out that he in fact has four of them available for me, and at a much more reasonable 50 a bale. Normally our ducks have a straw bedding in their sleeping quarters, but lately they have had to make do with wood chips.. well today they got their straw back and Apple Duck was singing and dancing with happiness it was way to cute..
So how is your weekend going? How is your winter crafting going?