We finally butchered our last extraneous rooster Monday. We had been holding onto two Ameraucana roosters as backups to each other, and they had gotten along just fine. Recently, however, they turned on each other with a vengeance, fighting and pecking constantly such that serious blood was being drawn. That pretty well sealed the fate of the non-dominant fellow, whom we separated from the others for a few days until we found time to take care of him.
If you share my sense of humor, you too will be amused by my butchering apron; a free gift from the Red Cross bearing the slogan “Give Blood”. Well, he did; we catch blood from butchering for use as fertilizer. Veganic farming this ain’t. Beautiful rooster, but just took his gender a bit too seriously for his own good. Lesson to farm animals; excess testosterone generally gets you killed, just like most of human history.
In other bird news, the following specimen showed up on the floor of our goat/goose shed recently:
I’m simply assuming that is in fact our first goose egg, as I think it would have killed any of our hens that tried to lay it (typical hen egg at right). This is a first for us. Anyone know how long you have to boil a goose egg?