It was just a nightmare.
I hate, HATE dispatching with the axe method. I want to try pithing them but I'm scared of that too, like I'm petrified I'm going to mess up and end up with a brutally injured, still living bird. How hard do I have to stick the knife in? How will I know I did it right?
I have 8 more extremely large Cornish X out in my coop. They are about 15 weeks old. None of them have any leg or health problems as of right, they seem to be shockingly healthy. But they are eating me out of house and home (I have around 26 birds total right now and just since I put the remaining 8 CC in my regular coop I'm going through more than double the grain I was prior) and I cannot winter them over.
If I can't do the deed myself (my husband really has a hard time, worse than me) then I'm going to have to sell them and admit defeat and never raise anymore meat birds.
The meat from the ones we have done has been amazing and with our financial problems right now the meat is really needed. I just need to get around this and find a better way to dispatch them.
Someone help me please?