As expected, August was full of projects and play!
In the middle of the month our broiler chickens reached 8 weeks old, and that meant they were ready for the freezer. Our first chicken harvest was quite a memorable experience and an overall success! We started by harvesting just five of the birds on their 8 week birthday. This let us figure out the process and get a handle on what we were doing. Then, the next day we did the 21 remaining birds. We figure it took us about 30-45 minutes per bird to process them entirely - plucking the feathers being the longest, most tedious part of all! —We are seriously considering investing in a mechanical plucking machine for next season. Speeding up that one step could easily cut the entire processing time down to 5-10 minutes! The egg laying chickens in the coop next to the broilers were a little frazzled by the sudden disappearance of their 26 neighbors. They seem to have gotten over it though, something about chickens having a short memory, I can't remember.
On the last weekend of the month we took an afternoon to show our daughter the biggest spectacle this side of the Wrangell Mountains: the Alaska State Fair! It was quite a busy place on a perfect afternoon and there were so many sights and sounds for a toddler to take in. Her favorite being the animals - she was delighted to see sheep, cows, and horses like from the pictures in her books. She also tried lots of neat foods and saw many pretty flowers. By the end she had fallen asleep in her stroller, letting us know it was time to go home.
That was our August in a nutshell - thanks for reading, Everyone!
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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