Oh yes, there is that.
- Sunna and Mani
Oh yes, there is that.
Before I made a killing cone I use to just hang them by their feet and use a very sharp knife to cut the jugular on the side of their neck. Not my favorite job, but my hubby just can hardly bring himself to do it. I figure they are my hobby so I should be the one to do the "not so pleasant job" anyway. Good luck to you both. There is no good reason to keep a mean rooster around. I've had to dispatch several.
That's a lot of things you can watch, but you aren't actually "doing" any of them.
Good morning, everyone!
Morning chicken tending done, now just catching up really quick while I drink some coffee before heading back out for more work.
Thanks! I've got some of that in the fridge (was saving it as chicken treats), and will have more when I cull the 12 week old boys next week.
Ummmmm... I think that would be yes.
I'm just at the very beginning of my fly-control journey (one of more than a thousand steps, I suspect). I got the traps to start, just set them out today, so no idea if they will work or not, will also be taking a number of preventative steps as well...
- Ant Farm
This product helps keep flies down.
Ever use golden malrin?
Thanks! Keep the fly control ideas coming, folks! One of today's tasks is to redo the compost bins and cover them with landscape cloth. It needs to be done, but I am NOT looking forward to it.
Yeah, I'm not so great either. But when it's gotta get done, it's gotta get done. I think I'm posting late and you're already out there in the process of processing - thinking of you.
Thanks - I like Pop Rocks as well, just not in my neck.
It's a lot better this morning, at least so far - which is a huge relief, because I have a lot to do...
Yeah, I learned quickly to not name any cockerel that I wasn't going to use for longer term breeding, and even with names, I essentially consider them to ALL be on probation. I only allow myself to get attached to pullets/hens. (But I also try not to get overly attached in general - though the selfies may imply otherwise. Because a predator may get them, or I may need to cull them, and I am a tender hearted person.)
Nononononononononooooo... Please don't keep an attack rooster around. If you have some of his genes on hand in his babies, then no reason to keep him. (For that matter, watch his sons for similar behavior...)
It's hard to do, but, I promise it's not as hard as processing a cockerel that hasn't attacked you but just isn't in your breeding plans/will have no space to live in your yard, or is being raised for meat.
That's because we "Woman Up" every day when we wake up. We don't make a big fuss about it, we just do what needs to be done...
@Pensmaster has a good suggestion if you don't have a cone and don't want one - cut the corner out of a feed bag for his head, to help restrain him. Try to find a way to suspend it - when they are upside down, they are calmer, making it easier for you to take a minute to do what needs to be done.
You really should go over to Sally's other thread about Processing for the first time - it's very helpful. Read a lot, watch a lot of videos, etc. to prepare.
This is what I do - I'm still working on the "very very fast" part, but I'm getting better.
OK, I need to go get to work - it's not gonna get done without me! I'm hoping the rain waits long enough for me to mow and get some lumber prepped for the next tractor coop...
- Ant Farm
I didn't think so
Well, not personally, but ...