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Offline madmaxine

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Chickens
« on: November 06, 2021, 09:00:43 AM »
Well we want chickens.  Researching the details.  Our dual residency makes it a little problematic.  Plus Kelly has NO experience in animal husbandry.  Like not naming the stock.  I'm a little worried about that.  I have this pic in my head of us driving 8 hours with pet chickens in cages strapped to our car going to NC like a third world family on a moped with all their kids and animals.  I think I can raise them.  Slaughter them.  And eat 'em.  Done it before in my youth.  But Kelly...

Her grandma told a great story about her sisters making her crawl under  their porch to retrieve a chicken that wasn't quite dead.  So maybe she can pull from her genetics to buck up and eat the stock.

Offline Moe M.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2021, 12:17:47 PM »
Well we want chickens.  Researching the details.  Our dual residency makes it a little problematic.  Plus Kelly has NO experience in animal husbandry.  Like not naming the stock.  I'm a little worried about that.  I have this pic in my head of us driving 8 hours with pet chickens in cages strapped to our car going to NC like a third world family on a moped with all their kids and animals.  I think I can raise them.  Slaughter them.  And eat 'em.  Done it before in my youth.  But Kelly...

Her grandma told a great story about her sisters making her crawl under  their porch to retrieve a chicken that wasn't quite dead.  So maybe she can pull from her genetics to buck up and eat the stock.

 Most coins have two sides,  no two people are entirely alike, some folks can be dispassionate about game or farm animals raised for food,  my wife and two daughters loved venison and small game cookouts that I cooked up until I returned home from a week long hunt with a deer strapped to my trucks tailgate,  for a few days after that they looked at me like I'd murdered their closest friend, and they would never sit at the table if wild game of any kind was being served ever again.
 Of course they had no problem eating beef, chicken, or pork that came home packed in a super market package,  somehow they could ration logically in their minds that animals raised for food and not personally known to the consumer had no attachment,  but a wild thing such as a Squirrel, Bunny, or Bambi or one that is fed and taken care of, even named like any other pet deserves to go from natural causes and given a Christian funeral, but never, never be put to the knife, butchered, and eaten.
 My parents and grand parents thought nothing of killing, prepping, and cooking a few chickens from the henhouse for a family Sunday dinner,  my wife was raise in the city, their food came from the local grocer, she'd really have to be starving to kill something and eating it, and even then she'd vomit a few times through the process,  some folks are just wired that way.
 My suggestion is if you want to raise chickens, let her do the feeding and collect the eggs, and you do the harvesting and prep work, when she's not around.   :cheers: 
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2021, 01:01:49 AM »
I have to admit my first animal (bird) dispatches were in the dove fields.  Like so many of us older (geezers) folks we kids were the retrievers of downed birds.  Many times they had to be dispatched before stuffing into our bags.  The first couple were tough.  But we learned to get over it.  Came in handy when the bigger food had to be processed.  I wonder with the complete seperation of packaged meat and killing if the city folk would just starve if they had to go from warm and cuddly to juicy and tasty.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2021, 03:30:02 PM »
I can't believe this popped up today. My wife was just talking about getting some. We will wait until spring of course. I'll have a chicken tractor I can pull with the ATV's. I keep about 11 acres finish mowed so there should be plenty to keep them happy. We'll use eggs for bartering. I'd love an Alpaca too for the wool but not going to invest that much for a couple years anyways.(wink)
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2021, 10:14:24 AM »
chickens are filthy vicious lil' dinosaurs. mind you i'm being kind