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    Hello all!

    Lily's hen, Lucy has hatched two chicks. She had twelve eggs in total but one disappeared (she probably ate it!). She's still sitting on the other nine but I don't think there's much chance as the chicks hatched Monday. However, Mummy and chicks have all eaten and drunk so I'll leave her another day then take the rest of the eggs away so she can get on with rearing the chicks she's got. Not a great result but my neighbour, who gave me the eggs (we don't have a cockerel) said their cockerel wasn't very 'puissant' which is French for, literally, powerful but you get what she means! :lol:

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    Lucy and her chicks - one black one yellow! Yes I know they're cute now but in 16 weeks they'll look more like dinner! I may keep the dark one if it's a hen though, just for some variety in my chicken run - all my current hens are red except one white!
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    Posted the wrong pic - in this one you can see the chicks better!

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    Awww......that black one is too cute!
    How can you say they look like dinner?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Awww......that black one is too cute!
    How can you say they look like dinner?!?!?
    It better hope it's a she - males are no use except to eat! LMAO!

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    LOL. Terri I live in Amish/farm country and I have had to get used to the 4H life philosophy that you eat your pets. It has been very hard at times to see these kids marching around a ring so proud of their animals knowing they will be meat soon. And walk into the steak house and see that it has bought the prize winning animal at the youth fair. You look at your plate wondering if it is Cody's bull!!!

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    Oh, I know.
    I grew up with farms around.
    We would go up there and get eggs/milk.
    Once in a while, there was the man there that used to slaughter the cows and chickens. YUCK!!!

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    Yes it was hard at first - especially with the pigs we had which I got quite attached too. BUT I'd much rather eat our own meat that I know has lived well, eaten well and died as painlessly and quickly as possible, on our land without the trauma of the trip to the abbatoir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Oh, I know.
    I grew up with farms around.
    We would go up there and get eggs/milk.
    Once in a while, there was the man there that used to slaughter the cows and chickens. YUCK!!!
    Hans kills our chickens and I pluck and butcher them. We had a neighbour who is a retired butcher to do the pigs though. Promise we won't do any killing while you're here though Terri! When I was veggie a few years ago, it was a protest against intensive farming methods. Now I'm happy that we eat meat that we've either reared ourselves or that Hans has shot; I know everyone doesn't have the opportunity to live like this, or the inclination but I'm happy that I can eat meat - which I love - but not sacrifice my principles. My kids are growing up thinking it's normal and it's great that they see where their food comes from. They didn't actually see the pigs being killed - they were at school - but were home in time to see the carcasses being split. They were just interested - not upset or grossed out at all!

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    We grew up raising our own meat, pig, cow, and chicken so glad that you can still live that way. people need to know meat doesn't just appear in the store all nicely cut and packed.


    You're right , a rooster is good for only 2 things. and I think your neighbor needs a new "cockerl" :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    LOL. Terri I live in Amish/farm country and I have had to get used to the 4H life philosophy that you eat your pets. It has been very hard at times to see these kids marching around a ring so proud of their animals knowing they will be meat soon. And walk into the steak house and see that it has bought the prize winning animal at the youth fair. You look at your plate wondering if it is Cody's bull!!!

    Cute chicks!! We have them popp'n over here too:)And, yes, 4H projects in the making!LOL The pediatrician told me years ago that whatever I was doing I was doing something right for the kids they see are huge along w/shoe sizes they have never seen before. And, they really don't know what is the cause of it. But, told me that my kids were growing at the healthy rate and slow and normal. And whatever I am doing, keep it up!That these kids are maxing out in size at 14! One may not know for many years, but, we do raise our own chickens, crops and cows. All I know are pesticide free and no steriods in my cow:)All things that I do think matters. The first time I cooked a real fresh chicken I thought something was wrong for the grease was yellow!!Who knew that was normal and what it should look like:)LOL That is why we eat our projects...like k, we know what is in them:0)Well, sorta...we do 'free roam' and I really don't want to know everything that is in them:)But, do know it is supp to be that way-SKeat

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    I rarely eat chicken or pork in restaurants now because it doesn't taste of anything, compared to ours. And last summer, I was a while without chickens and had to buy eggs, I said to DH - there's something wrong with these eggs, the yolks are all pale! MY scrambled egg is bright yellow!

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    Those chicks are so cute!!!!! :D If I lived in the country, I'd have a couple just to watch them walking around!

    I'm one of those who has to have her meat plastic wrapped from the store, but I admire and am envious sometimes of those who can do their own. My DDIL grew up helping her father with their cows, and now her and my son have their freezer full of steaks, etc! They tease me all the time about my being unable to eat it. lol!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Rainer
    Those chicks are so cute!!!!! :D If I lived in the country, I'd have a couple just to watch them walking around!
    It's lovely when the hen takes them outside for the first time - she usually keeps them in the henhouse for the first couple of days. I'll try and get more pics of their first trip into the big wide world! We get a lot of buzzards here and if the hen spots one, she clucks like crazy and the chicks rush underneath her - we've never lost a chick yet - touch wood! BTW she does the same if a plane goes over, guess she thinks it's a big hawk! :lol:

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    What cuties -- But did I tell you I just LOVE fried chicken?? :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    What cuties -- But did I tell you I just LOVE fried chicken?? :roll:
    LOL Joyce - wait about four months then come on over! The kids wanted to name them and I said 'that's fine but we'll be eating them', 'oh, no point then' they said!

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    awwwwww how cute. sorry kiddo. i'd rather buy my chicken at safeway. i'd never make a good farmer. they'd all land up being pets :roll:

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    QUELLE HORREUR!!!!!! NE MANGEZ PAS CES POUSSINS PRECIEUSE!!!!

    I am such a city girl. I love meat, but only because I can make myself believe that God grows it on styrofoam wrapped in cellophane. I don't think I could kill and eat a critter if I were starving to death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    QUELLE HORREUR!!!!!! NE MANGEZ PAS CES POUSSINS PRECIEUSE!!!!

    I am such a city girl. I love meat, but only because I can make myself believe that God grows it on Styrofoam wrapped in cellophane. I don't think I could kill and eat a critter if I were starving to death!

    :lol: :lol: :lol: sure glad our ancestors didn't feel like this, we would all be dead!It is hard unless you grow up with doing it.

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    Years ago we used to raise rabbits for meat. I could handle everything but the actual butchering. Hubby would do all that and then bring them inside and I wouldn't know who was who. I could then do my part. And they fried up just fine :roll: :roll:

    I was also raised around and on farms. Imagine my horror though when, after moving to the "city" and I was a TEENAGER, my mom bought a bunch of chickens. She calmly tied them upside down to the clothesline and cut their heads off. I then had to take the things off and dunk them in hot water to defeather....thought I was just going to die from mortification when all the neighborhood kids lined up along the fence to watch.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    My DS & BIL have a ranch in west texas with all kinds of critters: deer, javalina, moufflon, doves, turkeys, etc. Probably 90% of the meat they eat is from there. My beloved niece got in trouble in kindergarden when the teacher asked all the kids to say what their favorite food was, and Kelly very calmly answered "Bambi". Evidently it took quite a while to calm the other kids down!!!

    I boycotted Thanksgiving at my mother's house for years because she served "Thumper". I told her it looked like cat on the platter!

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    I grew up on home raised beef, pork and the yearly deer that dad brought home. Fresh whole milk and eggs, too. It took a long time to get used to store bought, I love it when I get to eat home raised anywhere now!!! About 10 years ago I had a neighbor who raised rabbits, he did all the butchering for me...I waited until my kids were really hooked on the meat before I clued them in!

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    I should have know from the subject line not to read this at lunch.

    ugh.

    I'm not so hungry anymore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Yes it was hard at first - especially with the pigs we had which I got quite attached too. BUT I'd much rather eat our own meat that I know has lived well, eaten well and died as painlessly and quickly as possible, on our land without the trauma of the trip to the abbatoir!

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    When my husband was growing up on an Iowa farm his dad traded the pet pig with a neighbor so the hams in the freezer weren't the kids pet.

    My DH Glen named all his pigs and had them come to him by name!
    My kids used to ride the pet pigs out into the barnyard so they wouldn't have to walk in the mud!

    I grew up butchering chickens also. When you grow up on a farm you take the butchering in stride. If you want to eat!!

    When I was growing up my grandparent had a huge long chicken house. The floor was made of part sand(natural to the area) and sawdust. It made a perfect place to play! My cousin and I used to run large toy trucks/tractors/combines in the sand/sawdust floor! It was like having a huge sand box.

    I hated getting eggs though sometimes the chickens would peck or fly at your head. Wasn't my favorite thing to do.

    My MIL used to collect fancy chickens. It was always fun to see what she added to the flock. She had French hens /quineas(which are so LOUD) and Chinese crested/ and a lot of them I didn't know what they were.

    They had a rooster named Pete he slept under the Wood burner on the porch and whenever anyone opened the door to the kitchen he would scoot through the door until someone saw him and kicked him back out the door!

    They also had domestic turkeys and Geese. One Gander backed my son over a culvert top! He has not liked them since but he hunts and has no problem shooting turkeys!

    I get nolstalgic about all this but we had some roosters given to us about three years ago and my mom and my son thought we would butcher them.

    My son thought he knew how to kill them but he had never done it. Now this son has killed and dressed rabbits turkeys deer and all kinds of fish but chickens are differant. You can't shoot them you would ruin the meat. So my dad and my FIL always used to wring their necks. So Nathan tried and couldnt' get it done. He got so mad and then an elderly neighbor came over and she is in her 70's and she killed them for him!

    We decide we won't do that again!! I HATE the smell of wet feathers! It was always my job to strip the feathers! Then I learned to cut up chickens. We did 300 at a time when I was growing up.

    So I always buy my chickens whole and cut them my way. I wish I had access to buying whole chickens fresh. Once in awhile someone would have them locally but they are quite often expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    QUELLE HORREUR!!!!!! NE MANGEZ PAS CES POUSSINS PRECIEUSE!!!!
    Mais c'est très français de manger TOUS les animaux - même des escargots!

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    (But it's very French to eat ALL animals - even snails! Translation for those who don't parler français - not aimed at YOU Gai, obviously!) :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Years ago we used to raise rabbits for meat. I could handle everything but the actual butchering. Hubby would do all that and then bring them inside and I wouldn't know who was who. I could then do my part. And they fried up just fine :roll: :roll:

    I was also raised around and on farms. Imagine my horror though when, after moving to the "city" and I was a TEENAGER, my mom bought a bunch of chickens. She calmly tied them upside down to the clothesline and cut their heads off. I then had to take the things off and dunk them in hot water to defeather....thought I was just going to die from mortification when all the neighborhood kids lined up along the fence to watch.... :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I have thought of rabbits - they breed like, well rabbits and are ready to kill in 8 weeks. Easier to butcher than chickens too BUT not sure I'm ready for an animal that I used to keep as a pet! Hypocrisy maybe? I'm still frenchifying myself - I'll get there! They say the French look at an animal and their first thought is 'how would I cook that?' :D

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