I was just letting the old ladies live out the rest of their lives and retire. Many of them die when they get older as well. I had some wonderful older brahma girls who had been such awesome birds I though they could just stay forever. But in reality I needed to reduce the feed bill and they were no longer laying. I ended up selling them as baking hens. I knew I would never butcher them myself. And they had led a good long life. I was starting to loose one every now and then so I thought it best they were used for food....just not for me. I have also taken older birds and used them to make meat and broth to feed the dogs. But those were some I wasn't fond of like the brahmas.
I do butcher boys and eat them but I usually have those that will be butchered picked out ahead of time so I don't get tempted to get attached to them. I've got a handful of them right now I really really need to butcher. They're huge beautiful birds that were slated for being for butcher when they hatched but that doesn't make me enjoy doing it.
Hello everyone!! It's been a busy few weeks for us here. We went through and organized all the boxes and totes that got stuck in the garage when our stuff got here and took a bunch of stuff to Goodwill. I took 1 of my dogs in to be spayed and have a fatty mass removed from her leg. She is so hyper though, she ended up ripping the stitches out of her leg. So we've had to keep her sedated and separated from the rest of the dogs.
My chicks are doing well. They turned 4 weeks yesterday. I discovered yesterday that 1 is developing a cross beak. I'm not sure if I should trim it now or if I should wait and see if it wears down faster once I move them outside where she'll have more/better things to rub it on.
I have some birds with beak problems. I don't cull them because of it but I don't ever let them become breeders. They just live with the laying flock. I figured if they survived they could just hang around and lay. However recently I nearly lost one of them who I had become quite attached to. She was born without a top beak and had a "girlfriend" hatched about the same time that had a third beak. (the third beak never grew but her top beak grows too long. I have another with a scissor beak that is young yet but other than that would be a beautiful pullet. Any way to get to my point. Recently I discovered that maybe I had not done them such a great favor by allowing them to free range and live with the egg Layers. I found one of them when she had a spasm of some kind and nearly died. I treated her and pulled her out of near death. But the problem was one I never even thought of. She had poultry lice everywhere. I checked and sprayed every bird on the place and the only ones affected by lice were the three with beak problems. It occurred to me that since they can't use their beak like normal they can't pick mites and lice off themselves.
Trimming won't fix a scissor beak by the way. You will have to continue to do so for the life of the bird.