Good-bye Roosters…

I must admit – I was a little dubious that spring was ever going to actually make an arrival.  We’d have a day of +12.  Then snow the next day.  It was entirely frustrating.  But YES! It HAS arrived!  *happy dance*  Even though it is spring and it should be burgeoning with life, today the Man and I both took life and helped life begin.

We have four roosters.  Two are lavender orpingtons and they’ve been incredibly agressive both with the children and with the hens.  They’re so bad one will mount a hen and the other one will stand next to her and scuff the dirt, fluff up his neck and peck her.  So today amidst the starting of seeds and planting of flowers we decided it was time for the roosters to depart.  I said a prayer to thank little Brother for his gift of sustenance to our family, and bid him return to the Mother.  x2.  The Man actually did the deed.  We had a pot of water boiling on the fire to help loosen the feathers.  All in all, it wasn’t a fun process.  It certainly is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices in the circle of life and how us humans enjoy so many benefits.  The roosters were born with the short end of the stick as their lot.  On the upside, I would like to think their last few hours were a riot, what with all the mounds of dirt and grass they were digging through…

In the future, we’ll probably end up doing this again.  Not because I enjoy it, but because a backyard chicken owner can only have so many roosters.  After eating one of the sirs for supper this is what we concluded: The bones of our own were much more solid than what we get out of a store.  The soup that I made out of the leftovers was THE best, bar none, chicken soup I have ever made.

I love the ladies and the gents we raise.  I agonize over the fact that if I can’t sell them we have to eat them.  I do keep in mind though that living here with us is so much better than what kind of life and death the poor creatures you buy out of the store had.  That thought alone makes everything seem better…

 

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