Got a check in the mail today from the local auction, the place I took two older hens and my 'extra' rooster to. Since the prices from last Saturday's auction haven't been posted online yet, I have been wondering what my poultry culling fetched.
$8.50 a bird! Woo hoo! I'm a happy lady! I really only wanted to pare down my flock and didn't feel like beheading the ones who needed to go. They make rather a tough meal, good only for soup stock, really. So to get over eight dollars per bird for them was a welcome surprise.
Now I'm looking at the rest of the flock with a critical eye. . . Perhaps I shall take a few more of the older hens to auction this weekend. . . For maximum feed efficiency any hen older than a year could go, and that would still leave me with about a dozen currently laying. A dozen eggs a day is quite enough, even when I'm baking like a fiend during the farmers' market season.