One Rooster Is Enough and a Bit of Gardening

Tuesday April 16, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Roosters do what Roosters do

I decided one rooster is enough so first thing I caught the two roosters that were going to be dinner and put them in a cage for butchering a bit later once I got it going for the day. It takes me awhile to boot up just like a computer although I take longer.

The reason

The main reason one rooster is enough is not that they are making too much noise but it’s the way more than one rooster interacts with the hens and the other roosters that creates the problems.

With only one rooster I think the flock will settle down more instead of having all three roosters keeping things stirred up all the time. It’s not really the roosters fault as they just do what roosters are supposed to do. :O)

I fed the chickens and went back in  the house for a bit to finish getting it going for the day.

Butchering

Eventually I got all the butchering stuff together and got the job done. Both these roosters were about a year old. I found them to be much harder to skin then the younger chickens I’d done before but I got the job done taking about twice as long. Their feathers came out much harder too. Not sure if it’s just because they were roosters or just the way older birds are.

I cleaned things up and buried the feathers and stuff in the blueberry patch. I’ll freeze one bird and cook the other tomorrow night.

It’s not my favorite job but it has to be done if I want to eat.

Planting radishes and more

After a good break I decided to plant some radishes so I went out to check out the garden spot for them.

I had to pull some weeds and rake things out a bit. The soil was nice and loose so I didn’t have to till it much.garden

 

Before I was done I also planted some carrots and some bok-choy.

Pull those weeds

I was sitting there taking a break looking at this part of the garden and decided to weed it and till it.weeds

 

I turned it all over once and will do it again soon. dirt

 

Good way to finish off the day

The rest of the day I sat around doing some chair hopping and mostly just taking it easy enjoying the day.

That was my day for a good one.

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Not Feeling Up to Par and Rooster Problems

Monday April 15, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Not up to par

Yesterday and today were sorta wasted days. I woke up yesterday not feeling up to par so did a lot of napping and mostly stayed inside.

This morning I was feeling a little better but still not up to par.

I got it going and went out to feed the chickens. I fed them in this grow pen as I want them to help dig it up for planting some seeds soon.feeding

 

Lots of napping

The day was overcast and it was supposed to shower so since I still wasn’t feeling real good I did a lot of napping and stayed inside most of the day.

Marking the eggs

This morning when I checked on my hen sitting on eggs I found another hen in there laying an egg. I kicked her off the nest and decided I better mark the original eggs so I got out the black marker and put some black marks on the eggs. The eggs take 21 days to hatch and if new eggs are put in there they won’t get time to hatch so now I’ll know which ones are the new ones and can remove them. I wouldn’t mind the extra eggs except this hen is rather small and more eggs would be hard for her to handle as far as keeping them warm.

This is the momma hen on her nest doing her thing now sitting on eggs with some black marks on them.hen

 

Grazing

Around noon I went out and let the chickens out to graze for the rest of the day.chickens

 

Here’s Carmelo the head rooster.carmelo

 

Rooster problems

I have three roosters and they mostly get along ok. However I’ve noticed some of my hens have the feathers torn off their backs from the roosters mating. I’m thinking of reducing my roosters and if it keeps up there might not be any roosters. I’ll have to give them a verbal warning.

The rain showers came around 4 but only lightly. A nice spring rain.

That was it for me today.

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