Putting off tasks

Do you ever put off difficult tasks? I sure do. For example…we have 8 ducks. 7 females and one male. They give us eggs, and have provided ducklings, but we are so done with them. My husband and I have been saying for months that we need to butcher them and use the space they inhabit for another purpose. (One that won’t be so messy/smelly/ time consuming.) 4 of the birds have names. I’m only slightly attached to one of them though. She was mean when we bought her, but she ended up being a very good mother and then became the outcast of the flock. I feel sorry for her and will talk to her the most when I care for the birds. 

When it comes to butchering our birds I am the one who has to make the kill.😞 It will be so hard. I should probably start with her, so I don’t end up leaving her to the end and deciding we could keep just her. 

Cleaning the birds is a lot of work, so we really have to be committed to getting it started bright and early on our one day off together. We set the date a while back, but then the day came and we just didn’t feel up to it. We just purchased another bag of feed, so we have said it will be our last. Hopefully something doesn’t keep us from getting the job done, and we can move on from this experience. 

We have to do it before winter, since keeping heat on so they stay warm and to keep water from freezing gets expensive in New England. 

I was just thinking about this now, because I am boiling a dozen of the eggs I have collected. If we follow through with our plan these may be the last ones I do.😒

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4 thoughts on “Putting off tasks

  1. We skipped meat birds this year we just didn’t have it in us to spend all day plucking and cleaning and I actually getting tired of her egg layers to they bring us in a nice little side income but we’re just so sick of it we can’t go anywhere we can’t do anything and like you were from New England so when the waters frozen in the hose we have to lug water from the house just thinking about it Makes me exhausted

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    • I hate winter watering. We use a 5 gallon container, so it’s awkward/heavy to fill and carry. I used to give excess eggs away, but now I don’t have that person around anymore. I tried freezing the excess eggs like a scrambled egg liquid, but we thought it was gross thawed.

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