About a month ago I gave away some chickens. I still had several that needed homes (either the freezer or with someone else who will buy their feed). I procrastinated because butchering old laying hens is a hassle.
The chickens, perhaps recognizing that I do not run a union shop, produced more eggs than expected. In fact, they laid so efficiently that I started wondering if I should just keep them another winter. I even found some new egg buyers and cashed in on the extra supply. Ka-ching.
But winter is coming and my labor hours are limited. I reluctantly scheduled their day of reckoning for this weekend. Even if they made a profit (which they were) I’d have to butcher them to free up time in for battling snow drifts in January.
At the last minute they got a reprieve. We found someone who needed chickens! We arranged a trade. The other folks got a couple dozen chickens (who’ve been laying eggs like crazy) and I got a slightly used incubator.
It looks like this:
It looks like it works. I’ve been assured it was owned by a little old lady who only drove it on Sundays. The last I saw of the chickens they looked happy in their new surroundings. I love it when a deal works for everybody
P.S. I’m going to ask Santa for an egg turner…and world peace. I’m betting I might get an egg turner.