Thank you everyone for the encouragement. It was late last night and I was feeling down about everything, particularly the meat birds. You are all right, I took on too much and am disappointed everything didn't work. The garden really has me down. Not having a tiller is killing me. I need to save up for one.
There is no one to process the meat birds. I checked. None of the meat processors do chickens. I put an add on Craigslist to see if I could find someone to do them, no luck. The laws regarding chicken processing in GA are very strict. I know a few people in GA that bring their chickens to SC to get them processed. But the place in SC has a minimum number they will do. It looks like raising meat birds and getting someone else to process them isn't an option here. I've decided I will gladly pay the $11 a bird for already processed, pasture raised chickens. I will just get a lot better at stretching the meat. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with the 7 that are left. I put an add on Craigslist, but nothing. I guess I will lower the price or offer to trade for laying hens.
To counter yesterday's negativity, I thought I'd write some things that have been successes.
I got lots of zucchini and tomatoes! We have tons in the freezer. I'll be making sauce when it cools off.
I did get some peas this spring. I planted more for a fall crop but the meat birds ate all the seeds I planted.
I'm still milking my goat 6 months later. It is easy and just part of our routine.
The goats are all healthy and happy.
I raised 19 chicks to adulthood with only 1 death and that was Scissor Beak.
I raised 5 guinea keets to adulthood with no deaths.
I have a great food storage area!
For awhile I was providing the neighbors with eggs, thereby building community and my place in it.
Logan is happy and thriving.
I've learned A LOT! That will be another post.