Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Extreme cold weather today

From: Jus & Z.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:47 PM
Since its my first winter I got em locked up in their coop, its tiny but they'll be ok for the day. Last week i let them out when it was 6 degrees, but there wasnt such a windchill...

On Jan 7, 2014, at 7:33, Molly Caldwell <[address removed]> wrote:

We are having frigid temps today in Brooklyn - what is everyone doing for their chicks? We have a 10x15 Run that is covered in thick plastic sheeting but on three sides as the back faces a wall. Our hen house is inside the run and is insulated with hay on the inside and cardboard and plastic and blankets on the outside. I shut them into the hen house last night to prevent drafts and keep the warm. Question is do I let them out at all today (Vaseline their sensitive bits) or do I keep them shut in the hen house? They say could be -19 with wind today...thoughts?

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On Dec 1, 2013, at 6:53 PM, Melina Brown <[address removed]> wrote:

Alison- I have someone who will teach our meetup group members how to butcher, but he is very busy right now so even if you wanted to travel up here to learn, I cant say if he is available. I could ask him....and I know that he is planning on doing some butchering soon.  Some farms up here also teach weekend classes.
When I grew up in Brooklyn there were live bird markets and I think that they still have them somewhere out there. you may be able to get them to show you or to do it for  you. If you do it alone be sure to study it on youtube or something like that. Its a pretty big job and you need to know what youre getting into.
UConn's animal extension thinks that the most humane way to put a bird down is with an electric shock in the butt. Ive also heard that the most humane way is to dislocate at the 5th vertebrate, just firmly pulling. I have done that before but its hard to figure out if you've done it enough or properly. 
Many south American immigrants know how to do this and the cleaning, and its worth it to ask around. I know guys up here from south American and also Eastern Europe who grew up on farms and know all of this.
Finally, there was a butcher in westchester that did the cleaning and cutting if you did the killing, but Im not sure where they are.
If you look around and still have trouble, email me privately and I can try to put you in touch with someone to do this for you. The question is, how far can you transport them and/or do you need someone local to do it? Melina


On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Alison Morea <[address removed]> wrote:
Dear Friends,

Its turns out the three young hens we were given 2 months ago are all roosters.

We're prepared to butcher and eat them and start over in the spring with fertile eggs,  chicks or pullets.

Does anyone know of a place in the NYC area that we can have them butchered and cleaned for a fee? We'll do it at home if necessary but I think it will be faster and easier (and more humane) all around to get a trained professional.

Thanks,

Alison
Brooklyn





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