In all seriousness, trimming bird wings is both simple and painless - much like trimming your fingernails. One needs to simply extend a wing, holding the meat (or muscle) so as not to cut it, and cut feathers off bunty clear across each wing. We've read that a farmer can get away with trimming just one wing, or disrupting the pattern, and leaving some feathers long, but since it is truly painless and quick, we figure, why gamble and complicate things. After the bird is caught (admittedly the hard part), we simply cut all long wing feathers.
|Before cutting the wings|
|Enjoying local food - a coconut washed up on the beach.|
A word of thanks to our neighbor and friend, Stan, who made our vacation possible. It occurs to us that just a couple hundred years ago, when we were all subsistence farmers, taking a vacation - even just one in a lifetime - was a rarity experienced by only a fortunate few. We are so lucky to have a friend on hand who is willing and capable to farm-sit for us. THANK YOU, Stan!