Saturday, July 24, 2010

No More Roosters

On Friday, I had to go to the feed store to buy
chicken feed. Well, let me back up, earlier in the week
I watched a news special on people who hoard animals.
It really rattled me. Because as I watched it, I saw the
same tenancies in myself. Those poor people, something
happened in their lives to trigger the need to be loved.
The one thing they kept saying was " I never set out
to have hundreds of animals, I don't know how this happened."

As I watched those people I thought, I could be friends with
all of them, in every case they were just sweet people, that
life got away from them.

I started looking at my own life and saw, if I was not careful,
I could be just like that. I knew that playing in the back
of my mind was hen+rooster= chicks. I knew that my life
could just as easily get away from me.

So yesterday, in the feed store I was talking to my niece,
(my brother owns the feed store) and I asked her did they
still take roosters? She said they did and I told her what
kind I had and she said that she would get a pen cleaned and
ready for them.

It was really hard, I mean really hard, I came home, caught them
put them in a box, and took them back down to the feed store.
The whole way, I kept wanting to turn around and come back
home, my mind kept saying, " you could just keep one."

I kept remembering those poor people with the dogs and cats,
and I knew I had to do this. I put them in a really nice cage, in
fact they were pretty happy.
My family laughs at me about how much I take care of my chickens,
and how much I feed them, but my brother takes even better care
of his chickens. He had one cage that had a sign on it that said, "Not
For Sale." Then he had a cage with really nice hens, that M. Said, "
Go ahead and take as many of those hens you want if you want them."
I said " No way, I don't need any more hens."

It is very peaceful out in the chicken pen today. Very quiet, I slept in,
I never sleep in, but still I am a bit sad, I liked those roosters. I won't
let my mind go to what might happen to them. They are after all,
chickens. You eat chickens.

Now today, I am going to do some chicken rearranging and I am going
to clean and get the pens all pretty again. When I went out there in
the evening, it seemed so empty. I will get used to it, but really,
the hens were quite okay with no roosters.

I hope your Saturday is a nice day,

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, for His wonderful works to the children of men!

(Psalm. 107:6)


Meg said...

Aww, that's so sad! I'm sorry you had to let your roosters go. I don't think you were that bad yet, but mommies and daddies do make babies... At least now the chickens are more happy, and you don't have to listen to the roosters yelling.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my post. I don't think I'm that smart, I just float along and hope no one dies! ;)

Have a great Saturday! Don't work too hard today. Love you!

Kessie said...

Aw, you finally got rid of the roosters. And here I thought you'd keep one. Oh well, maybe Ems won't wake up in rage every morning. You also won't have four little aggressive monsters spurring you in the back when you try to feed in the spring.

And besides, you still have three whole chicken coops. :-)

myletterstoemily said...

oh poor thing! you are so wise to at least prevent
a possible problem.

but, please don't give away your beautiful black and
white chicken! :)

Becky said...

I just gave away one of mine, I had three. It's kind of sad to see them go. Mine was fighting with the others.

Deborah Ann said...

I can see why you could go hog wild over chickens. There are so many adorable varieties out there! If I didn't live in the city, I'd get me some chickens...

mariel said...

will they take a cat that makes me NuTs?!

I am really sorry you had to take your roosters..but it is probably best. well, definately best! no one needs 101 chicks running the show! :)

my "farm" only contains two cat who is brilliant and sweet and adorable. And my husband's insane cat who liek to torment me! i wonder if our local feed store would take her...heehee

Razzberry Corner said...

Kim, this is life, we must make hard choices. I think you made a good choice. I have several roosters, they are hard on the hens. The hens always get torn up from the roos. We pick up our eggs and put them in the fridge every day so we don't have unwanted babies. But I would like to decrease my number of roosters just to save on the hens' backs.