Several weeks ago someone posted on FB about how some folks were turning old trampolines into chicken tractors. Chicken tractors are chicken coops that can be moved to a different area each day which keeps the chickens contained and protected while allowing them to get some free-range benefits as well.
As I tend to be
Lo, and behold, this week a local contact alerted everyone on FB that she had a trampoline to get rid of....I jumped in quickly (no pun intended!) and committed Jeff and the boys to an evening of trampoline retrieval. It is now in our front yard. And I think I am going to have a hard time getting it converted into a chicken tractor. The head man is not too sure it will be easy to do and he had already obtained some chicken tractor plans from a co-worker on the same day that the trampoline came into our lives. He and the children seem to think the trampoline is too nice to become a chicken tractor any time soon and it should remain as it was intended to be. I, on the other hand, think this free trampoline may prove much too costly if and when one of my children breaks a limb.
|Trampoline or chicken tractor?|
Whether the conversion takes place or not, today has been deemed chicken tractor supply gathering day. We hope to order about 50 meat birds in the next couple of weeks and will need to get things ready quickly!
The past couple of weeks have been full of canning!! I have also been freezing a few items. I can see that the freezers will have to be cleaned out very soon and we need to eat or can what we have in there so that we will have room for the chickens! This is what we have done in the last few weeks.
For years I prepared frozen meals for the freezer, but I have recently become convinced that I should can as many meals as possible. We've been enjoyed the canned pinto beans which can quickly be combined with ground beef for beef and bean tostados or can be put in the blender with seasonings to become refried beans. I hope to can a variety of beans, soups, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, meatballs, stews and more for quick and easy meals!
I have realized, though, why canning became a dying art form! It is so much easier and less time consuming to freeze your produce!! I do think that the upfront work that is involved with canning will be beneficial in the long run due to the convenience of not having to thaw the foods and being prepared with foods that can easily be used in case of power outages. And, I have to admit that seeing all the beautiful foods prepared in jars brings a smile to my face. Now, if I just had a good place to store them!
|Making peach butter|
|Add the rings|
|Yummy looking and ready for the canner|
|In the water bath canner|
In the amount of time it took me to start and finish this post I have become aware that the trampoline WILL remain as intended. It was a 7:1 decision and you know who that lone one is...