Bird news – death and birth

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?

Update since I first wrote and queued this: we have since recieved two more, and scrambled #1 for breakfast. Very large, thick yolk, and a distinct flavor from chicken. Very, very, tasty. According to Joanna’s research, these sell at markets around the country for $.75-1 each, which makes sense when you consider that organic eggs go for about $.15-.25 apiece and these are about three times the size. Plus the novelty and different flavor.
They have a nest set up in the corner of the shed, right next to the goat’s hay rack, and have been defending the rack from the poor goats. I’m working on a separate goose shed right now to give them a place of their own; more on that soon.

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