Thursday, January 29, 2009

Somethin's Gotta Give

This is going to come as a great surprise. Are you ready? Are you sitting down?

I have too many roosters.

Shocking I know.

I have too many roosters and not enough space to keep them. We have big plans for the barn, but that's just it. They're just plans. Plans that can't take place until spring. Which means they won't be completed until summer. And summer is a looooong way away when you have a rooster living on your back porch. Somethin's gotta give. So eeny meeny miny mo, who should stay and who should go?

In theory, I could recreate Little Jack since I have his parents. So I've found a breeder who wants him and now we are just working out arrangements to get him there. He'll live a long happy life fertilizing eggs. Every rooster's dream.

Then there's Bob. Bob's a good looking guy, but he's not what you would call breeding quality. He's not been very nice lately and he loses out on the not being a sentimental favorite thing. I put up with a lot less from his brothers who ended up at freezer camp. So I'm looking for a place for Bob to live happily ever after. If I can't find a place then he'll be invited for Sunday dinner. Not my first choice, but it's actually more humane than keeping him and letting Blackbeard beat him up every day. And trust me when I say the girls will appreciate not being fought over.

A sad day for me. Tough decisions. But it's the right thing to do.


Anonymous said...

I fully understand..we had 4 roosters with our first batch of chicks last spring. We named them, bonded with them and 2 turned into evil birds. We realized it was too many and as hard as it was, we gave up 3 to a friend with bigger farm. Our remaining rooster Huck, loves his girls and we are all much happier.

angelandspot said...

Oh, I know. I hatched out a lot of roosters last summer from all the eggs I swapped and bought. Now I have to decide who to rehome, who to invite to dinner, and who to keep. Let this be the year I hatch out pullets. (Fingers crossed, I am using my own eggs this year)

Bethany said...

Does he chase obnoxious neighbor kids? I'd take him but city ordinances prohibit livestock. He's been through so much. I hope he gets a home.

Unknown said...

I feel for you, Christine. It's hard not to get attached and want to keep all of them.

Good Luck!

Patsy said...

Oh no, us city folk will be sad. but I understand.

Tanya Siekman said...

Oh you wrote that just perfectly ... "I could recreate Little Jack". Wouldn't that be wonderful to be able to do that to our husbands? But then again, would I want to recreate him? ha~

Happy to hear Bob found a great home!