Big Boy; A beautiful rooster, and he was great with the girls, but he and I just could not get along. It got to where I had to carry a small rake with me to fend him off whenever I stepped out the back door. Big Boy was my first meat chicken. I got teary-eyed when I did the deed. It's hard taking a life, and it certainly causes one to take a moment and give reverence to the food on your plate.
I got this motley crew of birds about a month or so ago, and they will be my first intentional venture into meat birds. Wow, eight whole birds. Don't go overboard! Really, I like to start things slow and get used to something before I jump in whole hog. The girls will be kept for eggs, and the boys will go to freezer camp.
This is Belinda, our new American Chinchilla doe. She will be one of my breeder rabbits for meat. I had her bred before the breeder brought her so I would have a separate gene line from her babies. Well, she had one baby! She took excellent care of it, and let me tell you, it was fat, fat, fat! I will be breeding Belinda again soon. Hopefully she'll give me more than one baby next time.
This is Belinda's Baby. Can you believe she is only a few months old? I told you she was a healthy girl. We're keeping her, which will give me three American Chinchilla does for breeding when she comes of age.
This is Buck Nasty, my new American Chinchilla buck. Okay, Nate named him after a charactor on Dave Chapelle's Show. When I first got him and Belinda, I was showing the pedigrees to Nate and I told him that the boy rabbit at the time was only called Buck and that he needed a name. Well, Buck Nasty has stuck so far, but I told Nate I didn't know if I wanted to put that on a pedigree. So, we'll see.
This is a litter belonging to Bunny and Jack, my other two American Chinchilla rabbits. They are starting to venture out of the nest box, so it's fun to watch them frolic together. They are my first meat litter for this year.
Well, that's it, folks. Thanks for being patient and sticking around and checking up on me!