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All the talk about beheading, pithing, bleeding out, headless flapping and boiling has about put me over the edge!  I wish I could skip over these posts as much as Stony doesn't want to read the chatty posts.

 

I am positive now that I could NEVER kill one of my chickens. Just the thought of it after reading all this has made me sick on my stomach.  If it ever comes to that, I will have to take my chickens to someone else and have them "processed".

 

WAAAYYY too much information for my sensitivities.  Think I'll take a break from reading for a while and maybe the topic will change.

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post #5613 of 33255
We're back home and no new eggs from our Blue maran. So she laid her first last Thursday, was singing an egg song on Friday morning for about a half hour and then say in the nesting box on Fri for an hour and nothing! I need some patience!!

Jen - Mom to a 6 year old art crazy girl allergic to eggs (oh the irony) and a 2 year old whoodle

 

Home to EE's Nellie Olsen, Little One and Anne Shirley, A Lavender Orp named Sylvie, A BCM named Moll Flanders, A BLRW named Lacie, A Buff Orp named Mabel and a Blue Maran named Eloise.  

 

On the hunt for a Polish Frizzle!

 

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Jen - Mom to a 6 year old art crazy girl allergic to eggs (oh the irony) and a 2 year old whoodle

 

Home to EE's Nellie Olsen, Little One and Anne Shirley, A Lavender Orp named Sylvie, A BCM named Moll Flanders, A BLRW named Lacie, A Buff Orp named Mabel and a Blue Maran named Eloise.  

 

On the hunt for a Polish Frizzle!

 

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post #5614 of 33255
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Originally Posted by atmaclean View Post

All the talk about beheading, pithing, bleeding out, headless flapping and boiling has about put me over the edge!  I wish I could skip over these posts as much as Stony doesn't want to read the chatty posts.

 

I am positive now that I could NEVER kill one of my chickens. Just the thought of it after reading all this has made me sick on my stomach.  If it ever comes to that, I will have to take my chickens to someone else and have them "processed".

 

WAAAYYY too much information for my sensitivities.  Think I'll take a break from reading for a while and maybe the topic will change.

I  do tend to  agree with you in one way. Writing and reading about it is harder in many ways than actually doing it. And if you raise chickens long enough,  it will need to be done eventually. If you choose to pass that deed on to someone else, that is your choice. For many on this thread, we take the responsibility very seriously and strive to learn the best and most humane ways possible. Their lives and often their deaths  are  our responsibility, are they not?

 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

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 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

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post #5615 of 33255
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Originally Posted by atmaclean View Post

All the talk about beheading, pithing, bleeding out, headless flapping and boiling has about put me over the edge!  I wish I could skip over these posts as much as Stony doesn't want to read the chatty posts.

 

I am positive now that I could NEVER kill one of my chickens. Just the thought of it after reading all this has made me sick on my stomach.  If it ever comes to that, I will have to take my chickens to someone else and have them "processed".

 

WAAAYYY too much information for my sensitivities.  Think I'll take a break from reading for a while and maybe the topic will change.

as the title of the thread says Natural Chicken Keeping. It is part of it. A very important part of it. An important subject to talk about, discuss, learn from and for those of us with more experience hopefully pick up a few things to try out for ourselves. THIS is exactly what this thread is about,  Natural Chicken Keeping. Nothing more natural than knowing where your food comes from

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I once thought I could never, ever Kill one of my chickens - or any other animal, for that matter. Then I had an injured bird and there was nobody about but me to put her out of her misery. It was hard, and I cried...

 

Fast forward a few months and, while killing will never be easy, I have a different view on it now. I believe I'd rather eat meat that I know came from a well treated, free ranged, happy bird than from some poor creature that lived its short life stuffed in a small wire cage with 4 other unhappy birds - never to have the sun shine on its back.

 

Oddly enough, over these past few months, that very philosophy has led me to want to raise my own meat birds, knowing that I could raise them well and give them a humane death.

 

My biggest girl, "Tanker."

(Going through a molt and with NuStock all over her legs - hopefully I can get some prettier pictures in the next month or so.)

 

Normally I would never name a meat bird, but this one will be kept around for a while, I think. Just since bringing them home on Saturday, the 4 girls have given me 4 eggs (that I know of - - as they tend to bury them in the hay - LOL). The plan is that the best quality offspring will be kept and bred, while the lesser-quality birds will live good lives and then feed my family.

 

No - culling is never easy, but giving them a happy, healthy life is! It took me over 40 years to get to this point, and each and every one of us will have different approaches to the whole life/death philosophy. Do what is right for you, and the rest of us will support your choices.

Specializing in Swedish Flower Hens.

 

Horse Trailer to Coop Conversion

 

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

~Mae West

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Specializing in Swedish Flower Hens.

 

Horse Trailer to Coop Conversion

 

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

~Mae West

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post #5617 of 33255
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My biggest girl, "Tanker."

 

Oh my! All I can think of now is raising a bunch of 'Tanks'!!! Such an awesome girl!

 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

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 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

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post #5618 of 33255

Does tank have thick and knoby legs and toes?

She almost looks like she has corn legs

I want some eggs from her..PLEASE

After two months


Edited by delisha - 1/28/13 at 6:56pm

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Proud Member of APA and UOC  DH belongs to the ABA

http://datcp.wi.gov/Animals/Poultry/FAQ/index.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

http://www.poultryshowcentral.com/State.html

www.amerpoultryassn.com

http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/orpingtonhistory.htm

BBS English Orpingtons, Gold Laced Orpingtons, Jubilee Orpingtons, Ameraucana, BLRW

Pullorum Tester Number: PT-1354  Participant Number...

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post #5619 of 33255
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Originally Posted by delisha View Post

Does tank have thick and knoby legs and toes?

She almost looks like she has corn legs

I want some eggs from her..PLEASE

After two months

Can I PLEASE  be #2 on the waiting list for Tanker eggs after delisha? I will trade you for someday Catdance eggs. (Gots to get a breeding pen going real quick after April).

 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

Reply

 "It costs the same to keep and feed poorly bred low quality livestock as it does well bred pure strains. Why not try to improve and  breed up on what you have?"

Mumsy

Proud Member of the ASBC

and the RIRCA

 

Heritage Rhode Is Red Large Fowl

Bantam Rhode Is Red

Bearded Silkies: White, Blue splash, Buff, Partridge, Grey, Lavender, Porcelain, Paint 

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post #5620 of 33255
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by delisha View Post

Does tank have thick and knoby legs and toes?

She almost looks like she has corn legs

I want some eggs from her..PLEASE

After two months

 

LOL - her legs look like stumps. Giant, knoby stumps. Once upon a time, she apparently did well in shows. My Cornish rooster is not this impressive, sadly - but I'm hoping to get a good quality roo someday. (I totally want one of those blue laced red Cornish I have seen pictures of... WOW!)

 

And Delisha - yes - I will send you some of her eggs someday!

Specializing in Swedish Flower Hens.

 

Horse Trailer to Coop Conversion

 

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

~Mae West

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Specializing in Swedish Flower Hens.

 

Horse Trailer to Coop Conversion

 

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

~Mae West

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