It has now been 17 weeks, and they are crowing. It is adorable and soothing - maybe some of ya'll wouldn't agree, but I love the crow of a rooster. (Ask me again in a few months. ha!) However, we only have 5 hens - 1 of which is currently broody. That means, these poor ladies are getting quite annoyed at all the attention, and it is time for the extra roosters to go.
Aren't they handsome?
I hate doing it, because so many of them grew up to be absolutely gorgeous, they all have a nice crow as well. But I can't keep 10 roosters, and like I said, we have a broody hen sitting on 11 eggs right now. *Please* let us have a better pullet ratio!
A friend is processing her extra chickens Saturday and invited me to bring mine. I am so nervous! I have never processed a chicken before. When we did the cornish cross, we took them to a local Amish family. I guess it's time to "farm-girl up". Ugh. I'll let you know how it goes. The temporary drop in the feed bill will be nice, and I'll be adding to my freezer supply - so that's good. My hens won't complain about the break, I'm sure.