Yesterday we slaughtered a rooster. We had two roosters and 7 hens, and really only need one. Our farmlet was Crownos’ third home, after he got too aggressive with other birds on his last farmlet. For a few months he was just fine here, watching over his two hens and guarding their pen. But as time went on, he became more aggressive to me and to the kids. I became very wary of hanging my laundry out to dry because he would body slam my legs. Little A would come running to me crying because he was chasing her, and he pecked R once pretty hard and drew blood. Once we discovered that our pullet Beulah was a cockerel, we made the decision that Crownos would have to go in the stew pot. Continue reading “Humane chicken death”
Well we finally finished our new chicken coop. I must say that I am underwhelmed with the results. I am relieved to be done with the project, but it didn’t exactly work out the way I hoped. If I were to do this project over again, there are several things I would do differently. The first would be to start by running the instructions through a sanity check before buying any materials. But first, let’s start at the beginning. Continue reading “How not to build a chicken coop”
This is the second part of the story of how we adopted our new puppy. If you haven’t read the the first part yet, start here.
Picking out a pup
I got to thinking and realized that it would be a very bad idea to wait and take all the kids. They would argue in the car being cooped up together for that long. They would argue after we got there about which dog to bring home. Continue reading “Finding a puppy, part 2”
Last week I learned how to eviscerate chickens. My husband and I have been wanting to learn how to slaughter and process chickens so we can put our own meat on our table. One of our roosters has been getting more aggressive lately and little A is afraid of him. We decided that he will make a good pot pie, but we needed to learn the process first. A little knowledge and hands on experience go a long way. Continue reading “Processing chickens – a local adventure”