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UPDATE (February 18):

For those who watched the video, things have moved on from the previous post below.  I am now slaughtering spare males and old females who no longer lay.  Yes, I'm quite comfortable with the decision.  No, there is no cruelty what-so-ever.  In a complete random act of insanity, I am testing whether Big Bertha (the barred plymouth rock) will sit on quail eggs.  Oh, the quails are laying and it's too hot for the chickens to want to perform.  Therein is the value of quail. 

In other news,  I planted a Wurtz avocado in a big pot today.  I killed a Hass putting it in the ground last year so I figured a different approach was required.  Apparently, Wurtz don't have the same, big vulnerable tap root.  We shall see. 

 I've been drying and powdering a lot of chilli.  The still is working tonight.  Beer has been brewing a treat for me. Sourdough production is a success.  I think I need to make some blue cheese again.  I've been slack.  

Final comment - I've lost power twice this week.  It's buggered by big expensive air-conditioner which may be a problem.  The good news is that time without electricity has not cost me frozen goods or aquaponic fish.  On balance, the world is a good place. 

Original Post (March 17): 

I worked out that many of my quails are 2 years old or more.  That's ancient for quail.  Rather than let the old

birds die, I really should cull them while they can be eaten.  

In terms of my cages, two of the three whites are younger (1 boy and 1 girl) so I just need to cull the oldest female.  Second cage is the piebalds - both of those are old and should be culled.  Third cage - the male and a recent chick (from Darren) are okay.  Sadly, my old girlfriend needs to go.  She was one of my original birds and loves a cuddle (yes, that will make it hard - I am being very honest here).

This is all easy to say, but might be a bit more of a challenge in the actual doing.  

I'll let this tale unfold as I work out what to do.  It grieves me to kill a bird but it upsets me to let them die and be wasted.  

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Comment by Lissa on March 18, 2017 at 6:06

It's a heck of a quandary isn't it. If we were dependant on these animals for food (not the supermarket) it might come a bit more naturally. I understand your pain in the doing. After all, I couldn't bring myself to kill my snails that I had grown so fond of how are you going to go with a bird who loves cuddles. 

Comment by Susan on March 18, 2017 at 3:48
Good on you Andy - though I don't think Roz will be too happy with you ;).
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 18, 2017 at 0:08

Oh you evil woman!  Composting a perfectly gourmet quail body??!!!  What were you thinking?!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 17, 2017 at 23:58

Not wasted since the bodies can be composted.

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