We had a blind turn just before a railroad crossing just off our property in Montevideo. Constantly had wrecks, mainly in the morning, and the tree never moved and the train moved for quite awhile after a wreck. It was not uncommon for us to witness a death or maiming before school at least once a year, seemed like more...
When I was a kid we had 500-1000 cornish and leghorn chicks shipped to us every year. Mom had plenty of egg money and we worked our tails off once a year dressing chickens :shock: . My brothers decided to pull some of the chicks, on the sly, and set up their own chicken house. They let me in after I caught them building and kidnapping the first ten chicks. We couldn't tell the difference until they were older, but we found that with the roosters the leghorns laid great and the cornish made outstanding cluck hens. The leghorns were more of a lay 'em and leave 'em. One did turn to a pretty good cluck hen but that was it. By the time we were caught we had a pretty good self sustaining crop. Mom was both hacked off
and proud. My brothers had a great plan.
I also learned how to save duck and goose eggs kicked out of the nest and hatch them in the oven. It was cool teaching them how to fly. 8)