Congrats on a wonderful hatch!
Hello !!!! I am not sure how long before I get kicked off. I hate this phone and my computer has its own problems. I need some help. I have some chickens now that are about 4 weeks old or older that I need sexes. And I have NO CLUE HOW TO TELL TOO OR HEN. I will try to get the link to the forum and put it here.
4 weeks is a bit early, my EE are 5 and I only know for sure on a few but I'll check it out. Hi SM!
Iain, thats not all bad. I'd leave him to batch for a week though, first.
Woke up to BCM baby, hope the other 5 eggs hatch, or at least a few.
PO called at 5:30, and I picked up my 4 sebbie babies from Celtic. Heres the pic of them in a tub (sorry, its also posted at hatching goslings)
not sure who wanted the update on how the drakes were to send to freezer land but here it is:
lots and lots harder than meaties!
a lot of blood, sweat and tears
he was too heavy for the milk jug, kept pulling it out of the wall so i had to hold him the whole time!
and i ended up skinning him, because for the life of me i could not get all those feathers off!
and (no lectures please) i only could do one, i am going to try to sell the other one and tell them he will probably need to be butchered, because he has a past of meanness (not to kids though)
all in all i don't think i am strong enough to ever do it again
also i almost killed one of my layer chicks last night by setting the waterer on it when i thought they had all moved i only noticed because i went to move it to a better place and there was a smushed baby, luckily with a little water and cuddling i perked back up and lived!
Thank you for telling us how it went. I'm the one that asked, because I haven't processed a drake yet simply because I think it will go just like yours. I'm slow enough at doing chickens, I don't see how I'd ever get through doing a duck. I ended up selling my drakes because of that, which sucks.Only got $5 for him, and it took a few weeks to find him a buyer at that price. It would make a lot more sense to put them in the freezer than to take that big a loss, but it's not that easy.