Arielle always comes up with good questions! There were lovely Cornish at the congress. I always liken them to Harley Davidson birds.... they are stocky and their heads look like they are wearing skull caps and goggles to me.
When do most of you worm in the spring? Right now I am getting just a few eggs IF I find them before they freeze. I was considering worming before I get into eggs and incubating but then I also wondered if the stress of cold and being cooped in constantly was enough stress to warrant not worming.
There's so much to consider working with a chicken and trying to make some 'worth' in it. Sex links for money, meat for you or sale, selling to poo or feathers, egg decorating, breeds that are up to snuff for sale, preservation, pretty/comedy. IDK how to ever make any of it work much less pick the magic combo.
I have decided to get some manure from local horses delivered to the house. I figure it can go in a pile and when the birds come out in spring they will be VERY happy to scratch at it. I thought about putting it in the pens but I have to lime to keep it from smelling badly right now so no more additions beyond what is mandated by normal chicken activity.