Last weekend we went to a local organized Poultry Swap, where people from around the town brought their animals to sell or trade. Besides chickens, there were also rabbits, goats, and other small animals. We were excited about the event, and went hunting guineas, meat chickens, and turkeys in particular.
We also brought along with us two young roosters we had, hoping to just give them away. They were too scrawny to eat, and no good for anything, really. In all honesty, I thought we’d be bringing them back home with us! I was very thankful when a lady approached us with a trade proposition…
Our two scrawny, good-for-nothin’ roosters for this pair- two fat meat chickens, a hen and a rooster. I couldn’t figure out why in the world she’d wanna make a trade like that, but it sounded like a great deal to us! The lady and her husband were very… yuppy-ish looking. Very nice people. Chickens were more of a hobby for them than anything, and this poultry pair was too boring for their taste. They wanted chickens that were more lively, something to laugh at and enjoy. So, we made the trade.
Initially, we were hoping we could breed the two and have a handful of meat chickens to raise for butcher. But I’ve since been told that they won’t breed. As a matter of fact, they aren’t supposed to live very much longer; the lady told me they are about 6 months old. So now I’m wondering if we should go ahead and butcher them while we can, or if we should try breeding at least the hen with our Leghorn, Dirty Wilson. What do you think? Then hen isn’t laying… should I wait to see if she will?
We have them separated from the rest of our flock just in case they are carrying a disease or something, though they seem to be fine. Even if we can’t breed them I think we made a good trade. At least we can eat these guys and get a good meal off of them. They sure are fat!!
While at the swap we also ran into these guys. White Leghorn chicks. We weren’t really looking for them, but the man who had brought them was ready to go and offered us 21 chicks for $10. How could we pass that up?
We did notice though, when we got home, that one of the chicks didn’t look so good. It died last night. And two of them have curled toes, though they seem to get around fine so hopefully they’ll be alright. The rest are healthy and happy, so I think we made a good choice getting them.
Unless we were conned and they’re all roosters. That would stink.
Unfortunately, nobody was selling guineas, meat chicks, or turkeys. So, we didn’t get what we went for. But at least we made a good trade and found a good deal…
The kids sure are enjoying the new babies though! That makes it all worth while.