Then on Monday mornings I can just put the birds in the box and ship them off. It's really not as easy as that but that's the short version.
Under each cage there are slanted trays that catch the droppings, each day you can rinse this off. We still need to install a styptic system for this to rinse into.
The young Jubilee orpington rooster to your left is penned up to grow out his beautiful tail so he can be shipped off to his new home looking handsome as ever.
The pullet shed is working out very well it makes shipping out pullets easier and gives us a place to get birds looking nice before they leave the farm.
Here at Chicken Scratch Poultry we have two part time employees. The young lady to your right is my daughter Heather, we call her the inoculater. She has many jobs here on the farm but she is the only one who vaccinates the birds. All chicks left over after orders are filled each week receive the Marek's vaccine. You can also pay to have your chicks vaccinated before shipment. It's a good idea to vaccinate chicks for Marek's and it has to be done the first three days of life.
It looks painful but by the time they are back in the box they have forgotten all about it. The needle is very tiny and it happens very quick. She holds them by the scruff of the neck, insert the needle into the flap of skin, pull the trigger and that's it.
If you ever happen to look on Facebook at the Chicken Scratch Poultry employees, you will see about eight people who claim to be employees at Chicken Scratch Poultry. I'd like to know where these employees were this past winter when the water system froze in the barn and I needed their help. Or when it's 110 degrees out side and all the birds need a fan. I guess on Facebook you can claim to be anyone and work anywhere.
The people pictured here on this blog are the only true employees we have on the farm and they do a great job! I'd like to says thanks to Lane, Heather and Melissa, without you the farm would not run nearly so smooth.
Have a great weekend!