Originally Posted by DesertChic
For what it's worth, no matter how many times you go through the process I seriously doubt you will ever stopped being bothered by it. And the more you like the bird you're going to cull the harder it is. I have a pen of 6 extra cockerels, mostly NN, that I should've culled a couple months ago but just couldn't bring myself to do. They're all such beautiful and friendly birds. I just like them too much, but now that I have more than 30 chicks growing fast including some outstanding breeders, I simply have to make room. They've had a good life...lots of fresh air, sunshine, dirt to play in, girls to chase, and plenty of treats of home grown organic greens and the occasional scrap of fish....but I look into those eyes when they come over to me to be pet and my heart melts right along with my resolve. At this stage of the game my husband has actually strongly volunteered to do the deed for me. I just might take him up on it.
Way behind - just caught up. Yeah, I have some culling to do. I know I can do it, and it was always in the plan (and nobody has names), but it'll still be hard. It was easier to cull Apoc, since he attacked me. Harder to cull those that just "aren't in the plan".
But I agree with Kassaundra - it's good to remind ourselves of what a great life they've had. I actually try not to think of ANYTHING expect the mechanics of getting it done when I'm doing it (it makes me better at doing it, which is better and more quick and painless for them), but if upset before or after, I think about that...
I have a bunch of Cream Legbar cockerels who are being totally obnoxious to the girls at 13 weeks that have GOT to go. The harder ones will be the four Aloha Naked Neck boys - they are really lovely. But they are small, and I am coming to the conclusion that I can't support that separate project with ANOTHER breeding group (and most are related to the two pullets anyway). They are also smaller than I'd like. I'm keeping the two pullets, and will put them with Tank (I need to cull a couple of his Speckled Sussex girls without enough "spottiness" to create room for them - I'm not attached to them, but it'll be hard to cull pullets). I have decided I need to just back off of all the color excitement (I don't have the space or time), and focus on a smaller number of things. I will always have my Cream Legbars. I have some Blue Copper Maran chicks that I'm not sure what I'll do with (breed vs keep pullets for eggs). But the primary NN project will be German New Hampshires crossed with NNs (presuming I continue to be pleased with the GNHs - I am so far. Six week old babies are little bricks).
I have what looks like 3 pullets and 4 cockerels among the German New Hampshire chicks. Unfortunately, they are siblings. I need to get weights on them, but the thought is to cross the girls with Tank (NN phenotype black-tailed red), and cross one of the boys (whomever I keep) with Sweetie (Tank's female counterpart). When it comes down to it. Tank and Sweetie are the standouts in my current adult NN flock - excellent disposition, good size and growth, both NN phenotype, so added benefit when crossing. I may also put Buffy and Puppy (Nn phenotype Black-tailed buff girls) with the GNH rooster. I will also plan to raise chick from the cross of Snape and Trinity (black) and Mystique (dark partridge).
Sooooo... PLANNING!!! But I'm TRYING to curb my plans at least for now, to something that's manageable. (Aren't you all proud of me?! )
- Ant Farm