We "massage" most everything we say on here, being sensitive in this new era and all. LOL. If we talked straight like we did back in the day, you're gonna get us all in trouble. lau
I can't speak for all of us who are still trying to scratch the green from behind our ears, but I appreciate the folks on BYC who give it to us straight.
I won't name any names, but there are some characters here who may put things a little "gruffly", but who I PRAY will weigh in with some straight up, hard nosed, no-nonsense management ideas. P.C. is for folks whose hobbies DON'T potentially include beheading a named critter in the side yard on a sunny Sunday.
I'm going to subscribe, no need to "massage" this gal - except maybe my shoulders. I raked a whole bunch of hay all over the yards today & my back is burning.
Thanks Bee, great topic!
x2, except I didn't rake any hay.
I'm not a total newbie, been raising chickens in my current location for 3 years. When I was growing up, I raised chickens from the time I was 8 until I was 18. Things are sure a lot more complicated now than they seemed to be then!
When I was growing up, I knew what our farm animals were for - everything was utilitarian. Chickens were for eggs ... and chicken for the table. Our calves grew into beef cattle that were slaughtered. Our pigs ended up as bacon and ham. Only the dogs, cats, and rabbits were safe. The rabbits, I think, because my Dad had a rabbit as a pet when he was a kid, so we raised them and sold them. They were never on the table. They did provide income, though.
I want to hear it straight. I don't want flowery talk, or PC BS. I can respectfully understand someone who says they could NEVER cull/eat the chickens they've raised from chicks, because they're pets. I just wish they could give me the same respect when I say we process all of our excess roosters, and non-productive hens hit the stew pot. I want good advice on raising mine from those who have been there, done that, and seen it all a dozen times over. That's what I need.
From someone who has a "Front-yard" flock - no hiding who we are! And loving every minute of it.
I heard someone say beverages - come on, pass the jar!