Re: Tough Day today
Sorry to hear of that, I know how you feel. Any behavior that suddenly makes a hen seem different from the rest of the flock is grounds for assault in the eyes of the flock. Usually, it is a rooster that initiates everything.
Like others have written, the difficulty comes from perspective. To me, our chickens are livestock. To my wife, they are pets that give eggs. So, I get to play the heavy when culling needs to take place. The more I do it, the easier it becomes to see when doing so is the right choice. I've found that if the question of "should I cull?" occurs to me, the answer is almost always yes. Culling is a necessary part of animal husbandry (and wildlife management), and is for the greater good.
Pete. New 2013, 10 hives, zone 6a
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