Saturday, June 23, 2012

very un-cute


Well, (thankfully?) the cuteness factor of the meaty birds is wearing off. They're right at 6 weeks old now, and it seems we have some rather strong-headed males (I'm assuming they're males anyway) in our batch, who fight pretty hard for dominance. There are about 3 that have appeared to mature faster than the rest, and they always seem to tussle with each other. This morning, as I was trucking food and water about, I noticed 2 in particular in a weird stance, their necks leaning on each other, almost like boxers resting during a fight. Then they went at it, and I noticed a fair bit of blood on one, so I yanked him out of the fray. I'm now wondering if this is in fact what happened to my little injured chick. This one I pulled today is not nearly as injured, but I like to be cautious, so he's in his own box for the time-being, too.  


We might have to off a few of these boys early, knowing that they won't have reached proper weight until another month from now. I'm okay with that, though. The first go-round of any new endeavor can always be chalked up to a learning experience. Dare I say, most anything can be seen as a learning process if you chose to view it that way, even when that curve is a steep one.

13 comments:

  1. Oh yes... we had a VERY dominant, aggressive rooster in our batch of chicks that we picked up earlier this Spring. He was attacking and injuring all the others constantly (and not letting them eat or drink either), so we had to deal with him at a very early age. Once we did, the rest of them calmed down and were thriving in short order.

    ReplyDelete
  2. i keep hoping our bull calf ted will show his un-cuteness before its time to eat him. so far no luck. still painfully cute. the meat birds must share their secrets :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Those roosters can get pretty intense in their fight to be king of the flock. And they're all growing do fast...I'm so thankful kids don't grow at that speed!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is why I stopped raising meat sheep - I can always find the cuteness in any animal is the worst behaved so I had to give that up. What I do is purchase from farms that I know raise them like I do and they get the funds and I don't have the heart ached. I have also over the years stopped eating much meat so I do not have to also feel the issues... Life always give us choices..

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've heard that roosters can be nasty - not only to their own kind, but to their owners as well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankfully, they are all fine with me. I just see it as their way of being - don't think they actually mean to be nasty ;)

      Delete
  6. I am very interested in your meat-bird project. I know the butchering may be tough (even if the little dudes ARE turning out to be total jerks!), but I hope you document that, as well. I would like to someday do the same (raise birds for meat and butcher them myself), and any guidance, lessons learned, or successes are so appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes, I hope to respectfully document my experience, although I suppose how much depends on what feels right after the process is completed. I feel this kind of honest knowledge is difficult to find these days, so I will do my best to contribute to our re-skilling!

      Delete
  7. I just found your blog and became a follower (: Can't wait to come back for more posts! Hope you have a lovely week!!

    Michele
    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm glad the cuteness factor is wearing off already but I hope they don't peck each other too badly before reaching maturity! Yikes!!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...