06 May '11, 9pm

How raising backyard chickens will change you Great story for urban farmers

How raising backyard chickens will change you Great story for urban farmers

Here is something you really need to prepare yourself for, the worst-case scenario. We ordered zero roosters and wound up with 10. That meant that one quarter of my flock would turn into aggressive, horny, out-of-control maniacs. That’s too many roosters per hens, so we had some tough decisions to make. When I ordered the hens, I didn’t envision ever having to kill any of them, but we decided to butcher five when I returned from a work trip. As if sent by the rooster gods, I ran into vegan activist Alicia Silverstone the day before we were set to butcher five of our 10 ornery roosters, took it as a sign, and by some luck, found a larger pastured chicken operation that actually needed a few good roos. We were able to avert slaughter. Do NOT count on this outcome. Be prepared to separate excess roosters, or be ready to eat them. Be prepared to be attacked from time to time, ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/st...

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