6.06.2012

I Am Such A Sissy

So, no one ever told me that when I got into raising chickens for eggs that uh, they would get old and stop. Did any of the stuff I read tell me that? Not in so many words... So now it has come to the point where my chickens really are pretty much done laying. They are almost 3 years old now, and the eggs that we are getting have very frail shells, and the point of this is, is that they are not earning their keep anymore.

The easy thing to do would be to kill them and just do this myself, but uh, I am a sissy. That and I have absolutely no idea what I am doing... Does anyone know of any small scale poultry processors in NE Ohio?? I would really love to pay someone to just take care of my problems, but I would also love to not have to drive 3 hours to get to such a person. I would be willing to drive like, uh, and hour and a half?

Oy vay, if only I knew how to do this... And if I wasn't such a damn sissy....

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  1. I'm a bit surprised that your gals aren't laying (much) anymore. I'm sure you pamper the biddies, but do you give them oyster shell or feed their crushed & dried shells back to them? If they don't have a good supply of calcium, that may be the reason for the thin-shelled eggs.

    I really wish you were closer, I'd help you with the "deed". If you don't mind losing the gals to somebody else, have you put an ad on Craigslist? Free poultry goes very quickly around here, but usually ends up in the soup pot. At least you'd be feeding somebody.

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    1. They get oyster shells, yogurt, leftover milk, kitchen scraps, crushed egg shells, and every other thing I can think of to give to them. They are pretty darn pampered. My neighbor (same flock my girls came from) is also having problems with thin shells. I am not sure what he is going to do with his hens yet either...

      And yeah, I could really use a chicken mentor right about now... I was hoping to be able to keep them for the meat, plus I am too afraid of the hate mail I will get if I put and add on craigslist. Backyard chickens seem to be a thing of real debate. Hell, I am getting hate mail just from this post!

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  2. Does the idea of chicken soup make it any easier?

    You can do it; just make it swift. A friend of mine - well, a bloke from the pub - despatched his with a shovel with a sharpened edge. It took their heads off in one go.

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    1. It for sure does... But I don't want to make the chickens suffer a lot... Plus I don't have the kahunas to cut the head off of a living animal...

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  3. I am so sorry your girls are getting older. I know how hard that can be.

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    1. It totally sucks. After these 3 are gone, I will never name a chicken... EVER again!

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  4. See now....that's exactly why I can't have chickens. I'd make pets of them and end up running an "old chicken's home" to keep them comfy until they died a natural death. I had a pet rooster once (not by choice, but that's another story) and he was lucky enough to find a home in a neighbor's hen house, where he eventually died VERY happy!

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    1. If only you lived closer Granny! I would totally ship them off to you!

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  5. I have one in the same boat. I'd have to give her away, couldn't eat her :( Yeah I know, I'm a sissy too.... For now I figure she's good at eating bugs and tilling the garden :)

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    1. If only the girls would stop easing all my veggies and their own eggs, which are barely being laid, I might have a reason to keep them around, but sadly I don't...

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  6. Sorry to hear that you are getting some negative responses about such a normal part of life. I know that once our ladies stop laying, I will be asking the help of some neighbors of mine to do the deed. It's a difficult thing to wrap your head around, but it is just not economically feasible to feed them so much when they are not giving anything in return.

    Have you tried looking on LocalHarvest? You can search your area, and specify meat processing. From what little I looked, it seems like there are more than a few in Ohio. If you can't find a processing place, you could always contact one of the farms that localharvest brings up and see if they have any ideas or know someone who would be willing to help you.

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    1. Well, it is only one person who has been constantly giving me crap, which is why I stayed moderating my comments. I guess if you don't like what I have to say, don't read my blog!

      On a better note, thanks for the tip! I will check that put today and get on the phone. I have a neighbor who said he woulthed help, but he has already become the neighborhood groundhog killer... I don't want him to feel obligated or that he has to do something he doesn't want to do... I feel like I am just going to have to man up and take care of business...

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  7. I can't believe someone has been giving you crap about eating your birds! Groundhound lover too, I suppose? And as for those people who don't like your ad in Craigslist for a free chicken, I say tell them to pluck off (you KNOW what I really wanted to say).

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    1. You hit the nail on the head! Total groundhog lover! Oh by the way... 3 down, at least 2 to go...

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  8. Hmmm, there is a place in Medina that is probably an hour drive for you that Michael Rhulman just wrote about on his blog - check them out. Also, I have a farmer in Spencer I purchase a CSA off of...I wonder if he'd be willing to help you out....

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    1. Shoot me an email with some info, and I can contact these people. Thanks so much Allison!!!

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  9. I took my old biddies to the auction barn. Around here the auction barns sell small animals (chickens, ducks, rabbits) at least once a month. The last dozen I took sold for an average of $6 a piece. So I was able to recoup some of my money I had in them and I didn't have to do the dirty deed, just load them up and drive them to the auction and collect my money!

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    1. I am not sure there are any auction houses in Cleveland, but I can check it out!

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