Sorry, I have not gotten
back with you sooner. I did watch the entire DVD a while back and
wrote note. Just did not make time to type up and return to you.
All in all the video is very good. There are a few things that worried
me, but more good than bad information.
The two biggest concerns:
1. The heavy pull toward
purebred poultry and unnecessary negative comments toward hybrid
or commercial birds. In many parts of the county the commercial
layer or meat bird is the only opportunity youth have to be exposed
to poultry. Also, many purebred lines of poultry are just as prone
to straddled legs and other defects if not managed properly.
2. The food safety issues
around the slaughter section of the video. Our Food Science and
food safety people would have a great deal of concern with the overall
process shown in the video.
That being said I still think your DVD has some very good information
for the beginner and intermediate alike. I will check with my leaders
in the state and see if they would like me to purchase some for
the use in the state.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful note. The DVD did stress standard-bred
birds in my “Showing” chapters but I also recommended
production birds from any reputable hatchery for a backyard flock.
My experience is that most hatchery 'production' birds will lay well
and produce better than most standard-bred birds. For example -- One
of my advisors for the DVD said that she bought a dozen Rhode Island
Red standard-bred birds and although they were beautiful they did
not lay well at all.
Please get back to me about the the food safety issues, the only
comment regarding butchering I’ve gotten is that for commercial
butchering it’s recommended to slit the jugular and let the
bird bleed out without beheading it.
I address this in my blog response
Your offer to suggest the DVD to your leaders if they would be interested
is greatly appreciated.
On a less serious note, today is my young pony's second birthday!
Always on the move, Aslan Equinox would not stand still for a photo.