Picking Out Chickens For the Butcher Block

Sunday October 13, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Butcher day

Today was a chicken butchering day. I haven’t done this in quite some time. But a lot of the chickens have stopped laying eggs for some reason, maybe winter coming on. Since I’m not getting many eggs from them I might as well eat some of them. I have younger chickens that will start laying eggs soon so this should all work out.

Catching birds

I had to pick three birds this morning for the task and didn’t have too much trouble catching the ones I wanted.

One bird that was going to go was one that just never shut up so she was the first one I caught and put in the holding cage. And there was red bandit who sometimes eats the eggs who also got caught.

The third one I picked just because it was easy to catch and the right age. I put them all in a holding cage until I got around to doing the butchering.

More attic rodent holes

In the meantime I went up on the roof and sealed up some more rodent holes with screen which I’ll test again tonight.

Still more holes

Well I tested that out and I still have  a hole somewhere so I’ll have to check it out again tomorrow. At least with the camera on them I will eventually find all the holes. Without the camera I don’t think I’d find most of the spots they are coming and going through.

Chicken butchering

I wasn’t really into butchering the chickens so I chair hopped and stalled doing little stuff around the yard until it was getting late in the day and I started the chicken processing.

I put one of them on the stove to cook right away as I wanted a big pot of chicken broth and froze the other two.

Craps to the blueberry patch

After that I cleaned up and took the two buckets of feathers and stuff to the blueberry patch and buried the stuff by a blueberry plant.

Bucket trap is working

My bucket rodent trap needed a modification to keep any mice from escaping as a couple of them got out. I fixed that up and set it up. The bucket trap has been working fairly well as I’ve caught around 6 or so of them so far.

Other than that I didn’t do much today.

Nice day though and chicken for dinner tonight.

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Closing Rodent Holes On the Roof and Doing Some More Chair Hopping

Saturday October 12, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Rodent holes

I worked on patching up two rodent holes in my attic that I found with my cam. I’d been looking for the place they were getting in for quite some time and couldn’t find the spot but the camera finally did once I pointed it in the right direction.

First hole

I got my tools out and had to work under that metal in a tight spot on this one.roof


Second hole

This is hole number two that I patched up with the screen. It was a big hole for sure.wire


Here’s where I was working on hole number two up under the eve there, another tight place to work. I’ll have to clean those leaves off soon.camera


Leaving the cam setup

I decided to leave the cam set up to see what happens. Will the rodent come out another spot I don’t know about.cam


Well sure enough the rodent, just after dark, a rat came out another hole right next to this one so I’ll patch that one up tomorrow.

Chair hop day

Otherwise I spent most of the day chair hopping and taking it easy as it was a real nice day.

Nice day for taking it easy. :O)

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