Making the most of it.

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by lindalouly, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch Premium Member

    My only reason for getting chickens in the beginning was for the eggs. If my financial circumstances required it, I could do what had to be done. As I said, I have done it. We had a couple roosters once that the kids drug home from the carnival, and both turned nasty. Because of that, I didn't like them, and the kids were afraid to go outside, so processing them was no problem; good riddance. My hens are different. They're not pets, in the sense that they ride around on my shoulder or perch on my head, and I don't usually try to pick them up (the new rooster being a whole 'nuther situation entirely, since he came here very tame), but they're starting to take corn from my hand, 'cause they've seen the rooster do it, and I truly enjoy watching them & having them around. Besides that, the only hens to die here have been victims of predators or found dead in the coop, and I wouldn't eat either.

    I even raised rabbits for a while. When it came time to butcher, I couldn't catch them, so I popped them in the head with the .22. After the 3rd one, they were all in full panic mode, and I just didn't have the heart to continue...turned the rest of them loose. I guess I'm too much of a softie sometimes.
     
  2. Chaos18

    Chaos18 Minion King Premium Member

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    Slowly Losing it......
    It's not dictated by financial circumstances. It will be dictated by a want for healthy, hormone free, grade A meat that you can't buy in any store. My expressed reason for getting chickens has always been as dual purpose birds which is why I only get dual purpose birds. But that's not to say I'm not a softie with some animals, chickens just currently aren't one of those animals.
     
  3. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    Well I went to TSC and what they call silkies were actually Cochin so I ended up getting nothing.. Guess I'll just wait till April to get the 6 breeds I need from the mom and pop store... Bummer. I'm worn out now.
     
  4. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch Premium Member

    All the more time to build your coolerbator
     
  5. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom


    Very true!! Plus I still have those quail eggs in the bator.. So I have things to keep me busy.
     
  6. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch Premium Member

    Can you actually candle quail eggs? With a little penlight, maybe? [​IMG]
     
  7. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom


    Lol!! I was just thinking that actually. I should make a candling box.
     
  8. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch Premium Member

    Heck, if I'd known you were going to set quail eggs I'd have sent half the quail rails I sent to Loco to you, unless you already have some.
     
  9. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom


    I don't even know what those are!! I'm hatching them for my sister and a local farmer. I'm not keeping any.
     
  10. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch Premium Member

    They fit into an automatic turner. The egg cups are sized for quail eggs, which flop around in the chicken cups.
     

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