Sunday, October 30, 2011

Installing the greenhouse ceiling

WOW , what a difference a shiny ceiling makes in the greenhouse ! Two of us put it up in 5 hours. The building is not exactly square, so the straight sheets were off 2 inches from end to end.
The east to west walls are 31 feet long, so We bought 2-10 foot and 1-12 foot lengths of tin. This size was relatively easy to handle and we had room to overlap. The plants are loving the extra reflective light!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chicken Soup Anyone!!!

Lastly , the chicken is cut open from the rear and all the internal parts are removed. At this point the chicken is cooled in ice water for 2 hours, this allows the remaining blood to be removed. It is best to refrigerate the chicken for 2 days before eating or processing.
Here is the de-featherer , the chicken is spin around and the rubbery spikes take the feathers off in about 1 minute.
Next is the soapy steam bath. Exactly 140 degrees, any hotter and the feathers will not release. They are in there for 1 minute.
They start the process by putting the chicken head first into this cone. The "kosher" way is to cut the main arteries in the neck, this is the least hurtful to the chicken. When they are commercial killed they cut off the head which is a shock to the chicken, thus the saying "running around with one head cut off".
I transported our chickens to a farm that processes turkeys and chickens. We just have too many chickens and I could not sell a 4 yr old , by the time they are this old they decline in egg production to about 1 egg a week.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Finishing the waterline!!!!!!

When you have seen on ditch ,you have seen them all!
I just wanted to show you how we set and glued the pipe so dirt does not get in the joint. We placed 2 foot long boards across the ditch , cut and glued . We let the glue set for about 15 minutes then lowered the pipe into the ditch..... and of course we covered the ditch up, sounds simple but exhausting!!!