We were just talking about this with a few of our neighbors today (the whole 'hood is excited for our chickens... they've come out of the woodwork to "make friends" lol), I was educating them on the differences between egg layers and broilers/friers/meat chickens. They were all surprised, as was I when I first learned this stuff, that there is such a difference in the way their "food" is treated before it is turned into actual food!
I told them that our chickens will be utilized for their egg laying abilities and then will be retired to our freezer once we're sure they won't lay any more, then we'll adopt some more young and healthy egg layers and our retired girls will feed us very well. That is the proper cycle of life and we will appreciate every morsel of nourishment they give us in a way that few people know these days. Even the chicken you buy in the store is not what we are led to believe it is, it's a shame really. It's why I started my garden last year when I finally had space to do so and now this year we'll have our chickens.
Best of all, we are a living example to our friends, family and neighbors that anybody can do the same with just a little space and some out-of-the-box thinking. A little knowledge can go a long way in becoming more self sufficient in an increasingly dependent society!!
Ok, stepping down off my soap box now hehehe.
It is always a great feeling when you can pass along the new-found knowledge!! I thik it is wonderful that you have some many open minded people-neighbors around you!! You are very fortunate!!
Beautiful birds Troyer! Look at all that fluffy cuteness!!
Need some help to fill an order...
Sorry if anyone is grossed out
I need to do a bator full of balut, can I use Muscovy eggs and if so should they stay in longer than other duck eggs
Sorry again to those that can not even imagine this, but all the info I find just says duck eggs. Some say mallard eggs better but do not give details.
CC, I may need some duck eggs from your neighbor if I can not use muscovy
wow, that is a specialized area of poultry- retail... You definitely can set your own price here...very interesting opportunity!...I would be interested in helping with something like this, but I do believe I am way-out of the way...
wow, is everyone hatching something but me?!...hahaha, I am this close to going up to the neighbor and grabbing some fertile eggs and letting broody hatch some cuteness!!! The only thing is..what to do with the fuzzy after they aren't fuzzy anymore?!
so this is something you have tried?......