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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cooking Plans (No, We're Not Cooking the Chickens)

Matt and I try to do our chores every week, so our domicile stays fairly orderly. We divide our chores in half and alternate who does each set every week:

Chores #1:
  • Shake out rugs
  • Vacuum
  • Clean bathroom
Chores #2:
  • Clean kitchen
  • Take out compost
  • Clean tabletops
  • Clean Hoss slobber off windows and sills
Then we have person-specific tasks:

  • Laundry
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Water plants
  • Mow lawn
And now, we have chickens! So we'll have to add "Clean coop" to our list of weekly chores. We opted for an eglu (despite the price and the plastic material), in order to keep our chore list manageable. With the eglu, it looks like we simply slide out a tray and rinse it off. I don't mean to sound lazy or deluded by the god of convenience, but I have to be realistic. I'm working about 12 hours a day on teacherly stuff. In my spare time, I try to fit in four runs a week, 15 minutes of yoga here and there, reading, relaxing, chatting with my hubby, crafting, spontaneous adventures, and 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

I simply don't have a lot more time to devote to domestic duties (and yet I am enamored with the environmental benefits of localizing our food sources--which is why gardening will also get added to our to-do list next season).

That's why I'm loving this idea from Meg at Sew Liberated. She makes a monthly calendar of her favorite meals and then rotates them through an entire season before coming up with the next set of meals. Currently, Matt and I plan our meals on a week-by-week basis. It seems a lot easier to just pre-select a month's worth of favorite meals and plop them on a calendar like Meg does. We'll have to keep adding to our recipe binder. Once we have enough meals to comprise a month's worth, I might switch to Meg's system!

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A Los Angeles Love said...

If I hadn't known better, I would have thought your cooking plans included the chickens :)

And on a more serious note, I think J and I will be taking a serious look at this chore and food breakdown. In the last few months life has gotten away from us and we need help getting back on track with household balance, knowing our limits, and developing effective shortcuts.

Kristy said...

I will absolutely use Meg's system! No more weekly menus for me either! :)

Sofia said...

That meal calendar is a good idea.

Oh, those poor little chicks, waiting to grow up and be eaten. I can almost imagine each of them thinking, "When I grow up, I want to be a roasted chicken" or "When I grow up, I want to be a Chicken Ala King" or "My ambition is to be a Chicken Curry." Nevertheless, yeah, backyard agriculture is a good investment. You just know you'll never go hungry even if you ran out of money. :-)

Sara E. Cotner said...

Oh no, no, no! Sofia, Matt and I are vegetarians, so we will only be keeping our chickens for eggs. Sorry for the confusion!

Unknown said...

Hate to be the bearer of bad news- but I would wager that the front two chickens you have are roosters... too much comb development already!

Kelsey said...

I love your hens. Unfortunately our dog is not bird-friendly but one day I hope to have my own little flock. Did I mention the Funky Chicken Coop Tour in Austin? My parents went last year and said it was great, you should look into it, you could flock together with other chicken enthusiasts.

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Mary: I know! I'm pretty sure we have one rooster (we've named him "Rooster" to prevent too much attachment), but the other ones really don't have much comb development. The one that you're talking about in the picture has pretty much stayed that size this whole time, while the Rooster's has continued to grow. We'll keep crossing our fingers. We won't give any of them away until we hear the first cock-a-doodle-doo.

Unknown said...

Its nerve wracking isint it! We had two turn out boys and also hatched one boy too- bad luck as he was the sweeter temperament of the two. Other signs will be if his feet are really big/tall in comparison and if he's pretty..in the bird world the boys are always prettier!

kristina said...

sara! congrats on the chicksies!!!!

they're so cute when they're little. What size eglu did you end up getting? even though it's plastic, i have to say for urban farmers it's great. you can completely clean the entire thing which i think really helps with the barnyard smell, you know?

we're going to get baby chicks this spring with the hopes that they'll be happier in their coop than our first set of chickens who were raised in a huge open chicken yard. We'll see.

Also, I think if you have the small eglu, three chickens will be plenty. So maybe it's okay if one turns out to be a rooster?

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ lovelymorning: Hi, Kristina! We got the small eglu, which apparently fits up to four chickens. One of them is clearly turning into a rooster (thankfully no loud wake-up calls yet), so we'll be down to three pretty soon. I agree that the plastic material really helps with cleaning. I can't wait to hear all about your new chicks this spring!

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