Monday, June 13, 2011

Bye bye birdy

I have chickens. Lots of chickens. 25 to be exact. I started out with 2 hens (Sadie and Popcorn) & a rooster (Sgt. Pepper) and they populated the rest. We've had lots of baby chicks hatch which is wonderful, until you discover many of them are roosters. Shattering really, because as you know, roosters fight. One guy, Murray, had his head plucked bald, poor fellow!
Murray sporting a new haircut
 So anyway, I am currently owner of 5, maybe 6 roosters. I found a home for my lovely man Ralph last week, but homes for roosters are hard to come by, and there was no more takers. Believe me I tried! I get ridiculously attached to my animals!
Sgt Pepper checking out my camera
I resigned myself to the fact that they will have to go to someone who will have them for dinner, much to my dismay! After much putting off, I asked my friend Rohan if he'd like them. You see, Ro is a very talented photographer/hunter/cook, and I thought if they're gonna be cooked up, at least he will make them into something delicious! And he has a great blog 'whole larder love' which they will no doubt feature on, so that's a bonus! Nonetheless, I went all hot & teary when he said yes, he'd take them. Mum thought I was a basket case!

My daughter Ryleah was not impressed with me at all for offering my roosters to Rohan. She cried on the way to school and when I got home from school this was waiting on the bench for me:
Argh the guilt! So I told her I'd talk to Rohan & see if he'd just let them live on his farm, not that he has a farm, but she didn't need to know that!
Well the roosters must have 9 lives like a cat! When Rohan arrived today to pick them up he had decided that they could in fact go and live on a farm, one belonging to his friend, with lots of lovely Isa Browns. So I didn't have to lie to my daughter after all!

Terribly sorry to all you people who don't care much for chickens, this post would seem a little weird to you I'm sure - getting attached to a rooster, how absurd! But just ask any chicken lover. They have funny little personalities and are all quite different!

Note: keep an eye on this guy, he's gonna be famous one day, mark my words!


  1. I loved the chook talk. We love our chooks, even though they seem to have stopped laying. We had a fertilized egg given to us and it hatched. We were hoping it was a girl and it was. We can't keep roosters in the burbs.

  2. None of my chooks are laying at the moment! Not one!
    Aren't they cute when they hatch? They don't stay small for long enough though.

  3. Oh my gosh that card is SO CUTE! Glad the roosters were able to be spared. Except I love chicken. It's delicious. Hmmmm. Kellie xx

  4. That card is the cutest. We are currently thinking about getting chickens .... but only 5 of them not 25. I am not even sure I can be trusted with 5!!


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