Ginny---I know that itch. I have two new incubators just begging to be used! I keep saying I can wait, I can wait...
Didnt get much snow but holy cow who installled the freezer! I think it was minus something when I went out to release the beasts. Everyone got scratch and I see no frostbite on any combs or waddles. They all pounded outside to get their scratch and cabbage so I guess they dont really care about the freezer conditions. Even the silkies ran out this morning. They got hot water with their cool as they dont have heaters so I bring in the indoor ones at night. They will get boiling water when I leave as no one will be home till bedtime for them.
Rancher--hybrids are good egg layers. Our 5 red sexlinks are machines. We will be hatching out black sexlinks (rir roo x br hen) so we shall see if they are as good. I have to say the rir hens are also good egg layers. Someone (or two) are laying the most beautiful dark brown eggs I have ever seen. Not as dark as Marans eggs but dark.
Nambroth---if you arent squeamish, its not hard to process your extra/unwanted chickens. They are tasty and as Ginny said, at least you know you have given them a good life for however long you raised them. No added water, preservatives or coloring either!
Stay warm everyone. Its going to be a long, frigid week this week!
Would yo be able to make chicken stock then toss the meat? Would it make funky colored stock? Do they taste different?