Friday, March 16, 2012

End of an Era

I had to make a hard, hard farming decision last month. Bully, the Dorking roo I've had since the day after I moved into my farm has long been proven infertile. He was a beautiful bird. BUT, I need to find a way to make some moulah on these chickens. Selling eggs doesn't quite cut it. So, the last batch of chickens I took in to the processor included Bully. I will admit, I shed a tear as I was driving him there. He ended up being about 7 lbs, and he went on to make lots and lots of nourishing chicken broth for me, and thus went into a few batches of soups. It was probably the best soup stock I've made yet. So, at least poor Bully was useful for something in the end.

Bye-bye, Bully. You were a good rooster.
I had 9 dorking roos from the batch I hatched out last fall - they are Bloody Monday's get. I replaced Bully with one of them. I waited three weeks, then put some eggs into the incubator... hopefully I'll get some babies!! The only sucky part is that all my dorking chicks will be related now. Not as much genetic diversity.

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