- pluck feathers the DAY before. I intended to do this last night, but was tired and figured I'd do it this morning. This upsets the birds (they hate when they do it to each other) and sends their blood pressure up, which means more bleeding. Oh, pluck both sides, with the bird tied down on the table.
- Alcohol prep pads are a must for seeing the subcutaneous vein. I definitely hit that one on the second bird.
- Really tie them down tight. If he can get a wing loose to flap, he will, and then that sends his blood pressure way up and makes a cut that barely bled bleed profusely.
- Do this on a morning when hubby is not expecting a friend over, or has plans. It helps if he can keep the washcloth over the cockerel's head.
- Get disposable scalpel blades. Mitzi sent me a scalpel blade handle, might as well use it until we get the hang of putting a proper edge on the permanent scalpels on the end of the grabby-things.
I will take a good look at the weather forecast and try again soon. One of the cockerels in the small triangle is now trying to crow, at only eight weeks.