At least today's trip was more pleasant than going to the dump yesterday. I went in to the feed store, and got some scratch and cracked corn.
Scratch was $12.37 a 50 pound bag. I don't feed as much scratch as I do cracked corn, because scratch is more expensive. It has different seeds and other things in it the chickens like, but raising chickens who are gourmands of fine chicken cuisine is not on my list of priorities.
Cracked corn is just that, kernals of corn that have been busted up by a mill. I have a good hand mill and I have, on occasion, made my own cracked corn when I got dried corn in one way or other. It's a lot of trouble to shuck the corn and then get the kernals off the cob, though. Milling it by hand is a good workout but not if you have arthritis in your wrists. So the only way I'd ever make my own cracked corn is if I didn't have any choice. Fortunately, everybody and their dog has a plot of corn up here and it is not hard to come by, either through trade or purchase.
You can buy dog food and cat food at the feed store but it is pretty nasty stuff. Mainly it's for people who keep hunting dogs. They mix a can of wet dog food with the dry stuff, or they pour bacon grease or table scraps in with it. That makes it more palatable.
I don't just feed my dogs "dog food." They get lots of scraps. I also give them all the ham bones from the soup we make, and they get large beef bones from town. The butcher at the grocery store has started putting out "soup bones" which everybody buys for their dogs.
Right now I just have two dogs so I buy Old Roy at Walmart. You can get 50 pounds for $20.00 of the plain dry food, and my dogs like it well enough. I also buy the Old Roy copy of Kibbles and Bits, which is more expensive but the dogs like it a lot. I give them that ever so often, mixed in with hog jowls , as a special treat. I can also get the fat trimmings from bacon , and that's good for their coats so I mix that in too, especially in winter when they need more calories.
The cats eat whatever is cheapest. Right now it's Kit and Kaboodles, which is $10.00 for 16 pounds. One sack lasts 3 days. Yes, I spend a lot of money on the cats, but they eat a lot. I think we have about 15 cats outside now. They serve a purpose, keeping down rodents in the barn and killing snakes.
I don't mind feeding them if they work, and they do. I admit I could do with a few less, but most of them are feral so there isn't much I can do about it. If they are sick I can usually give them medicine, but that's about as close as they will let me get.
Right now I'm not buying goat chow or horse feed, which is nice. My ferrets have an elaborate diet , but I've talked about that before. They are not really working animals, but my pals who keep me company up here. I don't mind spending a little extra to get them the foods they like.
While I was in town I got two boxes of Federal .45 ACP, which was a nice surprise.
|You have to feed your baby!|
Stopped by McDonalds since I am still angry with the people at the restaurant I used to eat at . I wanted one of those hamburgers with french fries on it that I've been seeing on the television, but they said they decided not to offer that. They did have a cheddar and onion hamburger for a buck that was really good.
All in all, a pretty good day. So far.