So often people ask us how we can bring ourselves to eat those “cute little baby animals.” When you’re looking at little, bright yellow peeps I think that’s a valid question.
I used to wonder how I would be able to stomach it myself. I mean, their so darn cute!
But here’s reality, 3 weeks later.
Cute is over. Meat chickens (also referred to as broilers) are grown to market size in 6-8 weeks. So at 3 weeks their half grown. Teenagers. Gawky. Awkward. Strange skin/feather stages that they eventually (thankfully!) outgrow.
It’s almost painful to have to see. But it makes the ending easier to face.
They just don’t tug the heartstrings like those shiny-eyed little biddies. Thankfully.
And remember this little guy from April?
Little cutie no more.
Good-bye babies. Hello hormonal high-schoolers.
Pushing, shoving, hollering, head-butting…yes, we had mostly rams this year. 14 out of 19. Whew!
It makes it easier to let go in a few months.
Pleasant…well, no. But easier, yes. Because then you get to start thinking about next March…