The Creepy Meats are getting bigger. I actually had to go to the feed store and buy another bag of chick feed for them last week. I contemplated just butchering them all instead of having to put more money out for feed, but I just couldn't do it. I know I told Paul that we'd try for Cornish Hen sized chickens this time, but I just hate to think that they could be really big and juicy and yummy in just a few more weeks.
I may end up butchering three of the seven in the next few days though. That way we'll get a (kinda biggish) Cornish Hen sized supper out of it and the rest of the food can go towards fattening the other Creepy birds for nice sized roasters. I am not going to be buying another $14.50 forty-pound bag of food (really? would it kill them to keep it in 50# bags? I'd pay the difference, just stop trying to make it look like I'm getting a good deal when in all honesty you're just skimping on the weight of the bags....ugh!!) so once that's up, their time is up.
I may also just keep them all until this bag of feed is gone. That way I can have an actual accounting of exactly what it cost in feed to get them to butchering size as well as a per pound of meat price. Several years ago I'm pretty sure I kept track of how many bags of chicken feed we went through, but I never did figure out how much per pound the chickens cost us. Although I DO know that it's a heck of a lot more expensive now. Two years ago chick feed used to be $9.65 a bag and it's now $11.95 per bag. Chicks were $1.08, now they're $1.69.
Rhiannon is still being pretty good at keeping care of them and she's past the "Oh, they're so cute! Can I pick one up?" and has moved on to "Get away from me!!" because as any grower of Cornish Cross birds knows, at a certain age they start to attack anything or anyone resembling a source of food. I figure it'll only be another week or so before she starts getting frightened and decides that they are much cuter on the supper plate.
Which is just fine with me.