Our chickens have dwindled away over the past 1.5 years. We're down to 11 hens and one guinea hen. But the hens have been eating their eggs!
It wasn't as bad when we had them in two enclosures. I'd get lots of eggs from the chickens in the permanent enclosure, and a few from those in the chicken tractor. But then we lost a bunch of chickens and combined them together.
Bad idea. Now we're lucky if we get two or three eggs, and it takes frequent trips out there to get any before they're eaten.
So we've decided we're not going to feed these bad chickens all winter long, when we're not getting any eggs! But that means we have to butcher them. Neither of us have ever butchered ANYTHING before, let alone 11 chickens.
We're nervous. We're wondering who we can get to come walk us through this process. Our boys are excited, and our girls are not. One of our girls refuses to eat any chicken until ours are all used up.
We need to do this, but it's a lesson we aren't sure we want to learn. I'm a wimp. A homesteading wanna-be wimp. Let the truth be known.