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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2012
    Jordan New York
    We have some mud here..we still have some snow but my boots seem to do the trick for the mud ...Wont be good for summer though ..
  2. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Morning all. Got 4 inches last night along withsleet and freezing rain. Glad I loaded everyone up as they will stay in the coops today. I dont need foot problems and they were out yesterday in the mud and such. Just have to run water out to the silkies.

    Cass---if you are weird then so am I. I hold my birds while dh ropes up the legs for hanging then I help him skin and gut them. I usually do the cutting up and save the carcass for making broth. There is usually enough meat on it for soup as well. I am going to try canning some this year. There is a canning thread on here I was reading last night and everyone seems real happy with the outcome of the finished product. Age doesnt seem to matter as canning makes the meat tender.

    Okay--gotta go give my kids some water. Cant wait for warmer weather so I can leave their waterers in the coop!
  3. Lynzi777

    Lynzi777 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2012
    Woodstock, CT
    I have a feeling I'm going to have a problem with hawks this year. Yesterday I mentioned I cleaned out the Silkie coop and moved it to a different location...well this morning I'm standing here looking out my kitchen window at the silkies as they picked at the new grass in their run and a hawk swoops down and tries to grab them while they were in there. Not sure what he was expecting to get but he quickly landed and started looking around the coop for another way to get in. Sorry Buddy! Not gonna happen!
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I'm sure you can buy those styrafoam plates. Then you can wrap them up and pretend you bought them in the store.

    I personally have not gotten to the part of holding and plucking but I've gotten better at wringing their necks. I put a bag over their head. The last one was not easy either. I suppose if we are hungry enough we'll do what we have to do.

    I do need to buy a good cleaver and cutting board though. I wonder if you kept a heritage free ranger in a pen for the last couple of weeks if that would tenderize things a bit.
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    If I get this job, I'll be spending money on more cattle panels for bigger runs. Uncovered so the grass will grow. Just so I can keep them in on days I'm not here.

    Plus there will be more planting of shrubs. Preferrably ones with fruit I an use on them. Does anyone know about Aronia berries? Choke cherries I think they're called too.
  6. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2013
    Hopefully, after some wasted effort and energy, this particular individual will move on. But they are opportunistic and on the wing cover some pretty big territory -- I'd guess your flock will be "monitored" for that golden opportunity these hawks are so good at recognizing. Did your birds freak out when the hawk landed?

  7. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2013

    good luck with the prospective job. Crossing fingers and toes for you.

    I read that planting grape vine along pens can be a great multi-purpose vegetation...it offers shade, screening and also some edible forage for your chickens. It just has to be protected from them until it reaches a height of 3' or so. It will trellis up on anything you give it to climb.

    Also, did you consider raspberry canes? They grow pretty quickly, too and you can get something out of them.

    I guess the disadvantage of these two plants would be that they are seasonal. You'll lose the greenery and cover in the cold season. Maybe you can supplement whatever you plant with some sort of evergreen?

  8. vmdanielsen

    vmdanielsen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Lebanon, NY
    You guys aren't weird!!!! Once the bird is dead, processing them isn't a problem for me. The truth is, if I had to I could. You guys get gold stars !!!!!!!
  9. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Chickprincess, a friend of mine is hatching the eggs for her grandson, since I wasn't getting very many eggs at once, they were staggered when I gave them to her, I believe she put them in the same day she got them. The first one is due this Friday, but it's one that has been difficult to see veins early on so we're crossing our fingers still that it is developing. Then throughout the next week there are more due, I have to double check with her on the hatch dates. She now has 10 in there I think. [​IMG]
    Because I don't have my new coop built yet, she will be keeping this batch, if she gets more than she can handle do you want some chicks???
    She will be hatching for me again later this spring after I have my coop finished.

    Rancher, I have Jostaberry bushes that are doing very well and are easy to propagate.They don't have the spines like the gooseberries do. The girls are always hanging around them, and even stole most of the crop last year! They taste awesome!
    Someday I will break down and buy paw paw trees, I've always wanted to try them!
  10. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2010
    Canaan Ny
    maybe killing roosters is easy for me as through out my teenage years we raised and killed 30 turkeys a year for the freezer. My job while they were alive was food and water for them. And initially my job slaughter day was plucking. I was never happier when I graduated to ax man [​IMG]. Plus I have hunted most of my adult life. I was raised knowing where my food came from.

    My mentor in life, my maternal grandfather liked to hunt and unkowingly feed us his kill as a child. One day we were enjoying a delicious dinner when I was... I don't know 7 or 8 and he asked me and my younger sister if we would ever eat woodchuck. " NO THAT"S GROSS!" was our response. He said "Well you just did". [​IMG] I went back for 2nds [​IMG]. The impressive part about that woodchuck dinner is my Papa told me years later when I took up bow hunting and he was enjoying a deer I bow killed that he had shot that woodchuck with his recurve bow [​IMG]. I was as impressed with him at that moment as he was with me [​IMG]

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