Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Homestead Updates

We thought my husband had made it through all the lay offs but the second week of December brought an unexpected lay off. He is expecting to be called back into work sometime in January. ( Hopefully!!!) The good news was that he had two more paychecks coming but we also had some bad news. We weren't as faithful in saving money once he had received his job bid ( we had thought that would secure his position and that he wouldn't get laid off.).  Thankfully, I have my babysitting jobs to help keep us going since he doesn't qualify for unemployment. 

I purchased 25 meat chickens the week of Thanksgiving. We are now down to 16! The loss with these birds can be so high. I'm learning more and more that we need to overbuy so we can end up with some in the freezer! We're having a snow storm here today and I'm praying that the rest of the chickens will make it!

We still have the pig. Her new butcher date is set for Feb.3. I really hate the thought of taking her. I had no idea when we bought the pig that I would become so attached to her but she really is like a dog. She comes when you call her and loves to have her belly scratched! I know that I can't keep her. I just don't have the set up for her and the cost of feed is crazy! I don't think I could come out ahead even if I bred her. 

How are things around your homestead?


Mrs. Settles said...

Unfortunately the cost of e everything is outlandish. Hope things get better for you.

Happy new year

Rachel said...

I'm sorry to hear about the layoff and hope your husband is recalled soon. I've really enjoyed reading your past posts since I found your blog about a month ago. I really admire what you're doing. You've been a big inspiration to me. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Have you tried getting leftovers from a local grocery store for your pig? It can be bad, which makes it fine for them, and it would be free for you. You could use them to feed your pig from now until February (plus, of course, whatever you are throwing out from your own meals).

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