We got our baby chicks yesterday! For the last 8 years we have kept chickens for eggs. If you have never had farm fresh eggs you need to try them. You will never want to go back to pale, tasteless commercial eggs again. Other years we have hatched our own chicks but this year we bought a batch at the local farm store. We got Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Araucanas. We are going to try to raise some meat birds later this year too.
As many of you know our little piggy (named Bacon) went to market a couple weeks ago. Today we went to pick up our meat. It really is a LOT of meat. Our freezer is full of healthy, homegrown pork.
Unfortunately the cost when added up was disappointing. About $4.80 a pound when we factored in butchering fees, feed and other costs. The kids want to raise more pigs so we are researching ways to keep costs down this time around.
We are happy to know what went into our meat. And we know he had a much better life than a commercial hog. But we need to cut some costs.
Did you know: A 20 pound piglet will weigh 200 pounds in only 4-6 months!