Thursday, October 2, 2014
Last Batch for 2014
They look dead, but they're just napping, lol.
I think I have too many chickens for the winter coop. The four main pens should hold 8 hens plus a rooster each. The fifth pen is smaller. I think I'll use it for the geese.
So, space for 36. I have 15 chicks from the last batch, 11 from this batch,- all too little to do anything with, and too many roosters! Ten original chickens (8 hens, 2 roos). And 9 chicks from the first batch that aren't quite big enough to butcher. 45.
9 heads need to roll.
The older roos, the red hens, and the barred rocks will be first in the freezer. I need to get a new rooster next year anyway, for fresh blood lines. The smaller birds can double up a bit for now, and then I'll need to butcher the younger roosters through the winter as they get big enough.