Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

Annemade

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Doing the two cockerels who turned into unholy terrors was HARD. I'm not sure how I will manage old hens. I have a few years to get used to the idea, at least.

Yes, I know that's part of the deal. My husband said he would be happy to eat eggs, but will have no part of killing any birds (even though he has tasted home grown chicken and said there is no comparison to store bought). So I'll be on my own.
My girls are pets first with eggs as an added benefit. I can't eat anything I have named and snuggle. I have to buy my chicken at the store.
 

Sally PB

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So far, we do too. We didn't eat the two I culled. They're fertilizing the garden now. I've said thank you to them, just like I do to the pullets who give me eggs. :)

It wasn't their fault they were born male.
 

1muttsfan

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When I have to kill a bird for any reason, I just tell myself firmly-and repeatedly-that they had a great life and a quick death. Since my birds are pretty much smaller laying type birds, there's not much meat on them so I don't feel bad about not eating them myself. I take them out into the field and leave them for the wildlife so they get to contribute local ecology.
 

aart

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I take them out into the field and leave them for the wildlife so they get to contribute local ecology.
I've done that too, mostly with sick birds I had to euthanize.
This year I(broody) only hatched 4, 1 pullet and 3 males.
2 males I gave away with a sign at roadside, the 3rd 'fed the fox' a couple weeks later.
 

Folly's place

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My old hens live in retirement, because we do have the space for them. Obnoxious cockerels or roosters go to the freezer, if not ours, someone's. Good extra cockerels we do try to rehome, although that's not always possible. If their new owners eat them, that's fine too.
We raise our own meat birds, generally the Freedom Rangers rather than the Cornishx types.
Right now we have extra bantam cockerels, too small to bother butchering, and too nice too.
Mary
 

RaZ

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Reached that point tonight. Little Boy earned himself a trip to freezer camp. Son of a gun is back to being overly aggressive and was getting squirrely with me.
As it turned out, he is spending the night outside of the coop on a cold, rainy night. He made that choice when I went out to close up the coop and he charged me from behind. He had been in the coop harassing the birds trying to bed down. Earlier, he ambushed one of the hens and beat her up. It wasn't for mounting; it was just a sneak attack. Big Boy came to the rescue before I got there.
No room for aggressive here but there is room in the freezer.
 

RevlisRemmah

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Hi all! I know you’re having a serious talk about culling (I have a barnyard mix Cockerel that won’t be able to stay, he’s a turd. But I can’t bring myself to actually do the deed).
I did want to ask if anyone else in MI had Olive Eggers from Townline hatchery? I’d love to see pictures of eggs if possible. I have 3 of them and they are going on 21 weeks this Monday. No eggs from any of their 12 flock mates either so I’m living for other peoples experiences!
I think Townlines mix is relatively new - they don’t even have pictures of their stock on the website. I’d like to know if I will get olive eggs or if I’m doomed to brown eggs. At this point, though, I’d take ANY EGGS. Come on, pullets!!!
 

Folly's place

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So sorry that he turned into a jerk, @RaZ! The two boys that I kept have been fine (so far!) and my cockerel problems have been that there are too many bantam boys, nothing to do with the Chanties. It's so difficult to pick cockerels sometimes, because they can change as they mature. Your 'Big Boy' is old enough that he should continue being good, he certainly never had a bad thought here!
Mary
 

Mfranks

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Hi all! I know you’re having a serious talk about culling (I have a barnyard mix Cockerel that won’t be able to stay, he’s a turd. But I can’t bring myself to actually do the deed).
I did want to ask if anyone else in MI had Olive Eggers from Townline hatchery? I’d love to see pictures of eggs if possible. I have 3 of them and they are going on 21 weeks this Monday. No eggs from any of their 12 flock mates either so I’m living for other peoples experiences!
I think Townlines mix is relatively new - they don’t even have pictures of their stock on the website. I’d like to know if I will get olive eggs or if I’m doomed to brown eggs. At this point, though, I’d take ANY EGGS. Come on, pullets!!!
I have an olive Egger from Townline and she is an absolute sweet pea!

She laid her first egg at 23 weeks and they are indeed olive green. She lays every couple of days then takes a day off. Here is a pic of her eggs vs the others to give you a perspective of the color. Very pretty and a bit smaller than my other layers at about 1 1/2 to 1 5/8 oz.

Good luck.
 

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RevlisRemmah

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I have an olive Egger from Townline and she is an absolute sweet pea!

She laid her first egg at 23 weeks and they are indeed olive green. She lays every couple of days then takes a day off. Here is a pic of her eggs vs the others to give you a perspective of the color. Very pretty and a bit smaller than my other layers at about 1 1/2 to 1 5/8 oz.

Good luck.
Thank you so much for your reply! Mine are quite sweet too! Not overly friendly but docile! I’m so looking forward to eggs, sounds like I won’t have to wait too much longer (hopefully)!!!! You have a beautiful range of colors!
 

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