7.22.2010

Regime Change

Our bird count now stands at:

19 chickens

8 turkeys

6 geese (one is going home soon)

We have culled our nasty rooster and are planning on eating him soon, say as soon as the salmon meal is worked out of his system. He likes to spur young innocent children, turkeys too big to move and unguarded mamas collecting eggs with their hands too full to run. I'm thinking he will taste extra good to some little boys. It was interesting when we brought our new rooster home, he's 3 years old and mellow. It was funny to remove the original rooster and replace him with Henry, the hens our rooster picked on the most we the first and fiercest to fight the new rooster.

I am certainly not advocating cock fighting, but it was so interesting to watch them fight. Each of the most picked on hens would watch the others challenging the new rooster and when they spotted a weak moment they would jump right in. Henry is so big, he's a cochin, he couldn't quite get off the ground to fight but he would simply lay down on them or step on them until someone else stepped in to pick a fight. I truly could have watched for hours. No one seemed hurt or even really trying to hurt but more putting up a fuss over the regime change.

Then I noticed that the picked on hens became less featherless under Henry's watch. The older girls who ruled the roost don't peck the younger crew. No one is squabbling. No horny rooster was chasing the ladies down trying to get some. I do believe Henry is doing his job but in a nicer way. No one seems scared of him like they were of the other rooster, Elvis. Elvis had a bad habit of snatching at girls who were strolling by and if they didn't submit, he forced them and ripped out all kinds of feathers. For now Elvis is locked out of his old roost and is NOT pleased. Tough.


Chicken and noodles coming soon!


Peace and Love-

10 comments:

  1. Chicken and noodles coming soon...LOL!! Wow, I do hope to have chickens one day, but I'm gonna have to get used to the whole eating them thing. Not against it obviously, but I've only ever had the regular old cats, dogs, fish, etc...that I would never eat ;)...so u get my drift? Course, you probably don't think of them as pets, right?

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  2. I'm not sure I could name a chicken and then eat them.

    Maybe you could give them names like Mussolini or Stalin.

    No?

    Okay, thought I'd give it a shot.

    Eat away!

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  3. "Chicken and noodles coming soon" ... OMG, and LOL!

    You kill me, Laura!

    Welcome to Henry and have a great weekend!

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  5. I grew up on a farm and can certainly relate to the joy the boys and you will experience with Elvis' departure. I had the same experience with a rooster when I was growing up. Also, we raised and showed sheep and one of them had such a hateful streak that I asked the butcher if there was any way I could help him. The answer was no. Fortunately, animals all have different personalities and I didn't have cause to feel that way again. I think it doesn't hurt to name the animals and its good for kids to realize where their food comes from. That being said, my dad did sell one calf I raised because I was too attached to eat her.

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  6. So when a goose goes home... where exactly does he go?

    I love the imagery of the new rooster pack. But I have to know - salmon meal? Does it affect the taste of the rooster or? If so, how?

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  7. HA! Michelle-it means we bought 3-1 ran away and my friend replaced it with #4-then as soon as we got home #3 showed back up-we actually decided to keep it and have a Christmas goose and another goose sometime...
    the other 2 NOT for eating are going to be a pair we keep...

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  9. We have chicken running out our ears here. It is so hard to let go of some of them.

    We had a really mean splash ameracuana rooster that was really nasty. We would have to distract him so the other could pour the feed and run. He is gone, but not to the soup pot. Then we had a mean splash plymouth rock rooster. He tagged me on my thigh and we got rid of him and his harem.

    I have a 5 yr old so we are not going to keep any more mean roosters. They only get one shot.

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