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    12-07-2011, 10:33 AM
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Walk, I don't plan to name any of my chickens or the beefer. If I don't name 'em, then they're not pets.
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    12-07-2011, 10:38 AM
  #12
Trained
I raise my own chickens for eggs and meat, each year I buy 1/2 beef from my neighbor who raises the cows and then in about January, I go get a pig from the Ag kids at the local High School....no other way to do it for me. I also raise almost all of our vegetables in my garden and can the surplus. It's gotten so that when I have to buy something at the store, I feel like I messed up somehow, LOL!
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    12-07-2011, 10:38 AM
  #13
Green Broke
LOL! That would make things much easier for me SR, I'll have to remember that!

I have a dear friend that actually takes a cup of coffee into the hen house in the mornings and has coffee with "the girls"! She has named each one and plans on raising roaster/fryers. I'm hoping she doesn't name them or have coffee with them as I doubt they will make it to the "harvest"!
     
    12-07-2011, 10:46 AM
  #14
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I have a friend who raises meat goats, but she refuses to eat any of the ones she breeds and raises. She'll swap live goats for meat with another breeder, but can't take that final step to eat her own.

She tried to get me to take a couple of wethers because she bred and raised them, and didn't want them going for meat. I told her, 'If I take 'em, they're going in the freezer. The only way I want goats is braised with curry!'

I do adore the babies, though. Nothing's cuter than a baby goat!
     
    12-07-2011, 11:08 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
LOL! That would make things much easier for me SR, I'll have to remember that!

I have a dear friend that actually takes a cup of coffee into the hen house in the mornings and has coffee with "the girls"! She has named each one and plans on raising roaster/fryers. I'm hoping she doesn't name them or have coffee with them as I doubt they will make it to the "harvest"!
Ok, I thought I was the only one nutty enough to do stuff like that. One of my favorite times of the day is when it's getting dark and cold out, I go into the hen house with my 'gurls' and just sit and let them settle on my shoulders, lap and legs and we just cuddle for a few minutes. I find that to be a very peaceful way to end the day.

And if you're a Cochin here, you won't ever get eaten, but the Buff Orps and Americaunas when they're done laying, do. They're just "The Girls" no names.
     
    12-07-2011, 11:29 AM
  #16
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We also raise our own chickens for meat and have 15 layers, they are my daughter's "girls". The only one that got named though was the odd girl out, we ordered red stars and got one buff orph, so the buff is "Blondie". That darn chicken is more of a cuddle bug than the dogs or cats. I wasn't much of a chicken person prior to getting them but they have really surprised me with their personalities. They know when the school bus gets home and they start carrying on before she even makes up it the lane.

The rest of our meat my hubby & I get via hunting or we buy locally. I'm thankful to have friends that raise grass fed organic beef, another who raises buffalo and we then buy 2 hogs at the 4-H auction each year.

DH & I have been discussing getting a few Boer goats, he really likes them to eat, I like the idea of them cleaning my fence rows in the horse pastures :)
     
    12-07-2011, 11:31 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Out back is Wilbur and Porky the pigs, Sir Loin the steer, Maggie the heifer and Chirps, Feathers, Lucky, Bella, Clucks, Cluckers, Brownie, Chicken Joe and Dog Food the chickens.

Yup, we named them (well the kids did and my brother is responsible for the chicken named Dog Food) AND we're going to eat all but the chickens as they're layers and the heifer as her job is to provide us with calves (friend has a bull we can *borrow*).

Talking about raising a buffalo next year if I can find somewhere to buy a baby one. Also talking about raising a few turkeys to eat as well and I'm sure the kiddos will oh so happily name them!
     
    12-07-2011, 11:33 AM
  #18
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People always tells us how cruel we are to do such a thing
All of our cattle have names. We know 'who' we are eating!
     
    12-07-2011, 11:33 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I don't mean to take this thread off track, but MHF and SR, you've both mentioned eating goat meat and I'm curious about the taste (never had it before). Is it comparable to lamb?
     
    12-07-2011, 11:34 AM
  #20
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If you lived here Del, I could help you out with that buffalo, my friends have a very large herd. They are mighty tasty!

Walkamile - my experience with eating goat is limited to gyros (YUM) and honestly I couldn't tell you since they are made with lamb & goat both together.
     

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