First an update on the dog drama. Monday morning me and the little one were running late for school and at the corner of our street we met our neighbor coming back home. He waved and I honestly didn't see it. I was concentrating on getting the tardy wee one to school but I asked my daughter did he wave (we do that around here) and she said yes. I was glad I missed it and didn't return the wave. I wanted him to know I'm not happy. Five o'clock comes and we are finally getting back from Wal-Mart (hate that place) and he pulls in the drive. He was very apologetic and sorry. I explained to him that we had a postitive id that it was his dog and that all of this really stressed and bummed me out. He asked if he could replace my birds, I said no. I'm just going to keep them penned up. He asked if we would like a free jump rental sometime and I said okay that works. So although I'm sad we lost our birds, one day in the future my kids are going to have a fun day on a big inflatable something for free :) I'm also relieved and shocked that my other neighbor who had lost chickens to the dog (the one that didn't give me the heads up) never even told him and he talks to her almost every day. I had only assumed he knew his demon dog was doing that and hadn't done anything about it. Glad I was wrong. He also told me we have mountain lions around here. I said I know I saw one, he said no like cougars, I said I know I saw one. I still don't think he believed me, lol!
So the chickens have been penned up since Friday afternoon. I have mentioned before I have way too many roosters and being all penned up the girls don't have a chance. So last night I gathered up three big ugly boys and put them in a cage and this morning.........drumroll please..................I butchered them from start to finish all by myself!!!!! I was nervous as hell, I cried a little, and I shook a lot but I got through the first one fine, the second one fine, and then the third one. He must have known what was up because he bit me right away. The first two deaths were humane, quick, and drama free. The third one would have to be in it's own category of CRAZY!!! But it's done they are in the fridge and I'm super proud of myself :) I still need to butcher about three more but I will wait until next week.
I planted some veggies yesterday and got my seed potatoes. It felt good to be in the dirt again. I will take pictures as soon as I get that area cleaned up. My chickens have scratched all the straw, dirt, leaves, and rocks everywhere. It's a disaster....
It's a beautiful day, 85* I'm headed back outside :)))))