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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:14:42 pm »
Go to Joseph A Bank and your transformation to middle age will be complete!

Reading my mind on that one.

Sidenote: when is the endpoint of middle age? Asking for a friend.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:12:01 pm »
Babies and reptiles have a universal brood lamp appreciation, for certain.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:51:56 pm »
So yeah, we bought a Boer goat to show for next fair, he's a thick little monster (in a good way).

Also, Saturday this guy got dropped off on our front door:

He's a Dorper sheep named Domino, just over three weeks old. He decided laying down to nap in the warmth with Rocky the Tortoise is OK after his morning bottle.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:18:15 pm »
...but I guess the Minnesota and West Virginia roots stick around a generation, somehow.

I grew up in OC suburbia but the dirt farmer roots meant I had rabbits, dogs, chickens, ducks, etc. and still had a vegetable garden to work every year. Now look at my dumb ass. Sometimes those roots run deep.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:15:12 pm »
I am just the opposite on the small dog prejudice. Big dogs FTW.

I kinda agree on the rat issue. Sure you hear them in the walls and ceilings,  sure as dickens they are not staying there if something in your joint catches their interest.

ALSO: just talked to a Boer goat guy one city over who has four does who threw kids in February. He's got at least 8 kids that'll be 8 months old for the next fair. Weather cooperates, we're going to go goat shopping tomorrow afternoon.

Here's two of the doelings:

The chickens are back in fullo laying mode so it's time to pickle two dozen eggs:

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:52:37 pm »
This little guy was one day old and abandoned, so one of our group brought him to the fair and we all shared duties bottle feeding him and keeping him alive.

If the gal who knows the gal who owns him doesn't come around, I'm going to have a Dorper sheep jack to raise.

They're supposed to be a good meat lamb at about 10 - 12 months of age, but I can already tell that if it get's bottle raised by Spouse, it's gonna be a pet.

(cheaper and easier than a human baby at least)
(more fun and cuter too)

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:28:15 pm »
This is Iggy the show steer. In this time next year I'm going to eat him. Or at least make a start on it, might take awhile.

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:15:30 pm »
The angriest of chickens, the Americaunas, have started to lay. This colored guy is the first one:

They call these birds 'Easter eggers' because of the green to blue shell tints they lay. Hopefully they'll all have a slightly different colour.

Why is this in this thread?

Because it is green eggs and ham time, my miggroids.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:23:51 pm »
Grabbed a 70 lb. tortoise Saturday, this guy is cool as dickens.

He comes over and says 'Hi' everytime I go out in the yard (actually, he says isssssssssssss 'cause he got no vocal cords).

Also, Dan the Goat tried to jump his pen fence and got his rear leg hooked up on the way over. Spouse saw him hanging head down and rassled me up into running out there. Oh my dogs it looked so bad, I thought his rear right leg was broken all to shit and dickens the way it was bent over the top rail. I got him down and got on the horn with the vet. After checking the bone from the hip to the hoof I couldn't find a displacement for a fracture. GOOD NEWS. I found a 4H friend with some banamine (pain and inflammation med) and gave him two shots yesterday and another this morning. He's wobbling around on his leg and putting a little weight on it, so it hurts but is salvagable. Stupid goats, guess I'll be raising the fence panels a foot or so soon.

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:31:39 pm »
Some of the turkey apple sausage hit the grill last night:

The natural casings really keep the moisture in, the innards were done and tasty, but moist. Lesson learned: prick the casings for the last 5 minutes or so of cook time so they can dry up a little bit.

(not pictured in this same meal, baby back ribs and country style ribs from Hammy. she continues to be delicious.)

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:39:51 pm »
Hammy sirloin chops last night:

That little asshole is delicious

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:38:04 pm »
Butchered out one of the larger male turkey carcasses. Took both breasts and carved them into tenders, bagged up eight pounds of meat from that. Parted out the other pieces and the carcass and ground it up. Spouse got real creative and found two different sausage mix recipes, one apple based, the other bacon based, both had various seasonings to add flavour as well. Interesting thing  to me, both recipes used egg whites as a binder and moistener, drying out will definetly not be an issue with these. Here's some photos of how the sausage is made:

Some finished bacon sausage (yes, we used Hammy bacon):

We made nine pounds of sausage, now that the learning curve is over I can see doing this regularly.

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:29:00 pm »
Meatlaof, 50/50 beef and turkey.

It was damn fine.

Sports & Leisure / Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:28:06 pm »
Last night we defrosted some of the Italian seasoned ground turkey and made a meat sauce for pasta with it:

Sampling the meat before it went in the sauce, I think the seasoning is pretty spot on, with just a little spice to cut the sweet. My big worry was that ground turkey can be dry and bland, so avoiding that is a good sign. The meat is very lean, so dryness can be an issue.

I ordered sheep and pork casings for sausage makings. Sheep is smaller and used for breakfast sized sausages, while the larger diameter pork is good for bratwurst and hot link sized sausage.

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