Originally Posted by Skink
Trying to psych myself up for bird processing. It is illegal to do in my city, so I'm not going to be doing it myself.. not that I could, tbh.. but I found a processor nearby (which is apparently the best place locally, but also not for the feint of heart) and I've got 5 broodies on LF eggs. Since they're all from my scaleless project I'm going to be really reluctant to let extra roosters go to anyone willy-nilly. I want to make sure I'm being responsible with this gene since it poses ethical questions considering the extra husbandry, I don't want people getting birds off me to try and make a quick buck or have a novelty bird they let die exposed to the elements, you know? So any boys not kept for breeding are gonna get butchered, probably.
I've only been raising serama up until now. This is very new to me. Gonna be agonizing over it for months, I'm sure. That and I have to find a chest freezer.. hoo boy I hope I have the guts to actually do this cuz if I can't go through with it I'm going vegetarian. Well, no. I'm going no-more-chicken-itarian. Then no more breeding for me because I'd not be cut out for it.
That said!! It will be cool to hatch my own naked necks from all sorts of mixes, since my barred rock went and sat on eggs she'd been hiding from who knows who. So it won't just be my scaleless splits.
It gets easier, stick to your guns and follow through. Take them to the processor, come home have a good cry and some wine.
I wish the carriers were easier to tell, any of my birds could be carriers and I'm in the same boat, very reluctant to sell my chickens, chicks or eggs