Originally Posted by DesertChic
Today was my first day using a cone to butcher a couple birds without my husband's assistance securing the birds. It was an adventure. Those buggers sure are good at twisting out of that cone, but it was still a success and I got both of them processed quickly and without too much fuss. Here are the first two culls from my last hatch.
Congrats on the solo cull. If I had let my 14 week old small boys grow out further, I suspect they would be sized similarly to yours (at least the littlest ones, who were close in size to my girls, who are in the 4-4.8 lb range at 20 weeks).
Almost every single NN cockerel flipped themselves out of the cone when I culled (sometimes after cutting the vessels - flying blood!!!!). The second to last, after he almost got out, I wrapped his feet together gently with large versions of these gear ties that I was already using to dunk them in the scalder once dead (see photo below). Last one I secured the feet first thing once in the cone. Totally solved the problem, and they couldn't leverage themselves out.
I finished the coop! I finished the coop!!!!! I moved the Naked Necks to their new home this evening to explore a little bit before bed (Snape wouldn't let me pick him up/catch him until dark, naturally). They're piled in a corner of the run sleeping right now (it's how they slept in the tractor). I figure they'll eventually figure out that they have a sheltered henhouse with roosts eventually...
Dumbledore went back outside today - he's looking good (though he has a little weight to regain) and is growing his tail feathers (and other ones) back.
My 15 Cream Legbar eggs are in lock down, so tomorrow night I put together the brooder in the mud room. My first hatch, no idea how it'll go... Then I get maybe a couple days rest before I start building growout/breeding tractors and A-frames for roosters.
- Ant Farm