The girls are 20 weeks old now, and we’ve had a few escapees from their fenced in area so you know what that means? It’s time to do a little wing clipping. For those of you who don’t know the chickens are at my Gram and Aunts place about 3 miles from me and my Aunt is on crutches so I can hardly expect her to chase that one chicken that decides to fly the coop on a daily basis. Especially when it’s time to put them to bed at night, she has to chase a chicken and fight off the mosquitos making it a not so pleasant bedtime ritual.
So we had no choice, trimming their flight feathers was a must. Let me tell you chasing chickens is a chore. We have 30 layers and rather than just trim the escapee we decided to trim all 30 of the chickens. When 30 are running around the fenced in area its pretty easy, but when you get down to the last 3 they gave me a run for my money.
Here’s how we did it. I would grab a hen, flip her over on her back, and my Aunt would stretch out a wing and trim back the flight feathers. We’d then put that hen in the coop and do the process all over again. It finally came down to the last 3 hens, and do you think I could catch those things? They just weren’t having it, so we finally gave up and let them be for the night.
The next day I was delivering food and guess what? Another hen was outside the fenced in area. Yep one of the three I suppose that I couldn’t catch the first night. I knew the task was going to be even harder than the night before, because now it has the free range of both barns and 40 acres of property. After about 15 minutes I did manage to get it cornered and clipped.
Here’s some good news….we’re now getting eggs and have a local organic store willing to purchase everything we don’t use ourselves. We’re hoping by selling the eggs it will pay for the feed from here on out.
Has anyone tried putting a lemon slice in with your fresh eggs when you hard boil them? I read somewhere this makes the peel easier. Well it didn’t work, I noticed no difference at all, there seems to be many tips out there but I’ve yet to find a method that I’d stick to!