Where do Roosters go?

 

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The roosters are gone.  Last Friday night was the roosters’ last night roosting with the ladies.  That’s Cuddles on the far right giving what may be the stink eye or a love gaze to one of the roosters.

To refresh the memory of those who are heavy drinkers, in the spring I picked up 4 Black Copper Marans chicks.  My hope was I’d get 4 hens.   Realistically I knew I’d be lucky to get 3.  Then it became obvious I was only going to get 2 hens.  Until it became obvious that I was only getting one.

Yup. Out of the 4 chicks, 3 turned out to be roosters.  Which wouldn’t be all that bad if I were the sort to hack the heads off of my roosters and eat them for dinner, but I’m not all that into hacking heads off of most things.

I eat chicken.  It’s not like I’m a vegetarian. I just don’t eat my own chickens that have names.  The only time my chickens will see the inside of my kitchen is when I’m making them a smoothie.

 

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So when you end up being in charge of a bunch of roosters you don’t want because they’re illegal in your particular area, you have to start thinking of ways to get rid of your roosters.

As a chicken owner, you have a few options.  People really do process their roosters themselves and pop them in the freezer.  Which makes the process sound kindda simple doesn’t it?   Like picking an apple.  Only it’s nothing like picking an apple because apples don’t squirt blood everywhere,  have feathers, or personalities.  Unless it’s a Pink Lady apple, which we all know are kind of uppity.

Once you bleed out your chicken, the  feathers have to be ripped out.  And they don’t want to be ripped out.  So you have to dip the dead chicken in boiling water several times and pull with all your might.  Then of course, you have to jam your hand up their bum and rip out their entrails.

So.  That’s your one option.

You can also send your roosters off to a processing plant to get processed for a fee.  But unless you’re standing there watching them process your rooster you have no idea if the rooster you’re getting back is the one you hand fed corn, arugula and heirloom tomatoes while it romped in the grass, or the one your neighbour raised on pesticides and gummy bears in their bathtub.

Your third option is selling them to someone else.  That’s where  Kijiji come in handy.  I went both routes.  I got a couple of sketchy replies to my advertisement declaring I had the most fantastic roosters in the world available for the right buyer, but nothing I was completely comfortable with.  For my particular roosters, I wanted them to have a home where they wouldn’t be living beside a half eaten container of ice cream.

If it came down to it, I would have sold them for meat birds, but because they really were the world’s nicest roosters (especially the one I thought was a hen) I wanted them to go to a home.  It’s pretty hard for a family to find a Rooster that doesn’t regularly attack them, so for me to have 3 of them was kind of a rooster miracle.

When I wasn’t liking the replies I was getting to my Kijiji ad, I did the opposite of placing an ad.  I looked up ads.  “Rooster wanted”, specifically.  And an ad came up right away that looked promising.  A man was looking for heritage breeds that were black or blue in colour.  HEY!  That’s what MY roosters were!  I left him a message, sent him some photos and before I knew it we were setting up a day to meet and do the exchange.  I got money, he got roosters for his 3 acre farm and 3 boys who wanted pet roosters.

I was pretty sure it was going to be a good home for the roosters but still, it was sad when I peeked in on them their last night here.

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They were beautiful roosters that were gonna get more beautiful as they got older.  Unlike my thighs.

On Saturday morning I got all three roosters into one very large box.

 

 

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Then I buckled them up and started on the 45 minute trek to their new home.  A Tim Horton’s parking lot.

O.K. the parking lot wasn’t their home, but it’s where I was going to meet their new owner halfway between his farm and my house.

 

 

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And there he is.  My rooster’s new owner.  If you ever see this man going door to door selling chicken nuggets, contact me immediately.

 

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I didn’t name the roosters to help stop me from becoming attached to them but it didn’t really work.  I became attached.  They were cute and friendly and came running whenever they saw me  Mainly because I usually had a handful of worms, but still.

I still think of Tuco, the first rooster I had to get rid of so I’m sure I’ll think of these 3 for a while and worry about their well being.

On my way home I got a text from the man who bought my roosters that made me feel fairly certain they were now in good hands.

 

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121 Comments

  1. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OMG..That is the cutest picture..It should make you feel less guilty now..looks like they are going to be some spoiled roosters..

  2. Teresa J says:

    Awwww, those little guys are so cute. Ok now no one has to feel sad anymore!!

  3. Devon says:

    Aw, I love this! Those are the luckiest roosters on the planet, first to grow up with you and now to be adopted by those boys. Just awesome. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Bobbi says:

    Happy, happy, joy, joy !! That is the BEST !!!!

  5. Lora says:

    Aww sad sad but happy at the same point. I questioned to death what I would do if we came up with a rooster in our first batch, I still not 100% sure with the silkies because it takes long to tell with them but I am 90 95% certain with the rest. I am zoned to have them I would only allow 1 for my small flock. But hearts and tears to you for fining a good home. You truly are one of the fine souls left in this world, I think with chickens we are more gentle, understanding and kind people. We realize they are not just meat they are tiny beings. Mine will never be eaten they can live their days in retirement with me. Thanks for the eggs and the Roos gotta find a home…

  6. Lisa says:

    I think I lost my comment – short version – they look like pets! YAY for the roosters!!!

    But – When I was (very) young, we soaked the chicken in a 5-gal bucket of cold water for XX hours (1 hour? 2 hours?) Also, it could have been 20 minutes, because I was so young….

    What’s this scalding business – aka boiled chicken, and ripping out entrails? How come I don’t remember this being so traumatic? My grandparents only had 5-10 chickens at any given time, so this was definitely a backyard operation 35+ years ago.

    • Lisa says:

      oh, that was supposed to be – we soaked the chicken carcass in the bucket so the feathers came right off. Little 5-year-old me was not drowning live chickens…

      sorry for the scary imagery.

  7. Deb says:

    This is my favorite blog in the world wide web. Why are you not a household name! Thank you for sharing your rooster tale with us, and may they live a long and happy adventure with their new family.

    So are you gonna try and get more hens or what?

    • Karen says:

      I’ll tell you why Deb. Because I don’t promote my blog enough and get the word out. Technically I should be spending 20% of my time creating content and 80% promoting it. I spend 100% of my time creating content and 0% promoting it. There you have it. Your answer. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Deb says:

        hmmmmm. Well I just promoted you to my 472 Facebook friends. We should ALL spread the word. Readers of the best blog in the world, UNITE!

        • Karen says:

          LOL. THANK you. I don’t think people realize how big of an impact regularly sharing to Facebook and Pinterest has on the success of a blog. It’s hugely important! Thanks again. 🙂 ~ karen!

  8. Ella says:

    Everybody wins!

  9. Rondina says:

    The best part was seeing those boys holding their new friends.

    You done good. : )

  10. Cred says:

    I just love that he sent the photo in a text for you. Those boys look pretty pleased with their new pets- 3 roosters need homes and you find 3 boys that need roosters- rather serendipitous!

  11. chris aka monkey says:

    awww the story was making me get a lump in my throat and the pic made me burst into tears and i didn’t even know the dang roosters… i am such a wuss i will cry when i have to release wilbur and i still don’t know what that cat is gonna be xx

  12. Andrea says:

    It’s like you raised those roosters just for those little boys. Talk about fate. Sweet story.

  13. Wisconsingal says:

    I know what you mean when you say you still think about the first rooster you had to get rid of. I still think about my sweet, beautiful palomino horse. I had to sell him when I went off to college – and that was in 1976! It’s like parting with a member of your family, no way around it. Looks like a wonder new life awaits those guys. Good work!

  14. Debbie says:

    Having three boys of my own, I can’t stop smiling at the photo. What a wonderful smile you’ve given us today! Thank you.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Such a sweet ending!

  16. Grammy says:

    So, so happy that you found the right man — one who knows you need to see how happy his three boys and their roosters will be. What a perfect ending.

  17. tajicat says:

    Love the photo, sad you had to give them up, but it looks like the will have a good home. I’ve shared your blog with family and friends too. 🙂

  18. Stephbo says:

    When my dad was a youngster growing up on a farm, they had a pet cow. And them one day they butchered and served up said cow. I really hope your roosters will be pets for the rest of their days.

  19. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, how cute! Little boys and their roosters!

  20. Susan Preston says:

    Sad to see the boys go. Sad to see they turned out to be boys . Sad that I didn’t get a hen. Sad my other friend who just had a passel of Marans ended up with a bunch of boys! …happy the boys ended up with the boys.

  21. Catherine says:

    Totally feel for you. Love my menagerie to bits and would feel such a wrench at having to let any of them go. I would love to have a pig but that pig would be the fattest most spoiled pig ever to die at a grand old age of natural causes, as there’s no way I would be able to eat that pig. So probably best not to get one!

    Looks like you found the ideal home for your roosters and I have to say I love the idea of a pack of kids and their roosters! Very Hogwarts somehow!

  22. Giovanna says:

    You sure can tell a story! And such a cute ending…

  23. Jane says:

    Best story ever! Those boys, all 6 of them, are adorable!!!

  24. TucsonPatty says:

    The photo made me grin from ear to ear! Like some one else said – it was as though you raised those three boys for those other three boys. What a wonderful ending to this story!

  25. Sara says:

    The picture at the end actually made me tear up enough that I had to go back to read the part about tearing out entrails. Well done.

  26. Ru says:

    Oh no, you need to warn people if it’s a tear jerker!First, I was sad you were losing your beautiful boys and then those boys had your boys…what are you doing to me, Karen?! It’s worse than Lassie. 🙂

  27. Sally A says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to get teary! Those boys looked so happy! Awesome that they each got one. Meant to be!

  28. Barb says:

    What a great real-life story! The man who took them home apparently knew how much they meant to you so I’m thinking they’ll be leading a good life with 3 darling boys who look like they love them already. I wonder if they might be 3 new “Cuddles”?

  29. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    What a great Dad!!….Looks to me like this guy is a stellar fellow!…how nice it was of him to send you a that photo…so that we could all tear up with our morning coffee!!!

  30. Tigersmom says:

    Well, that worked out well but, I’m starting to feel hollow inside because I didn’t tear up.

  31. cary says:

    oh you made me cry. well done.

  32. Ann says:

    Good for you finding such a perfect home for your extra roosters. And I know what you mean when you find a great gentle rooster it is hard to send them on away. My sweet gentle giant is a full 4 years old and he along with his hen are getting a bit slower and sometimes don’t get up and down their ramp very well. I would love to keep them forever but honestly, you get to a point where you have to make decisions. The biggest stumbling block I have with it, is not knowing if I can ever find another really gentle guy to take his place. Hens I can always find and they are rarely all that mean to begin with. Except for Charlotte. That girl almost bought the farm a few weeks ago when she pecked at me every time I walked in the run. But she must have gotten the message and has settled down for now. But she better quit the moulting and get to laying or she may still be at risk.

  33. Su says:

    ohhhh how sweet! pet roosters! love the picture….
    hey did I miss the post where you actually shared pictures of the WHOLE kitchen? those of here in the good ole’ U.S. of A. don’t get Canadian Living… I even looked at B&N… just wondering

    • Su, you can subscribe or buy back issues here: https://secure.canadianliving.com/online-store/?cat=I

      I believe the kitchen story is in October 2014. It’s weird to read that we have something in Canada that can’t be had in the U.S. Usually it’s the other way ’round 🙁

      • Su says:

        thanks Monique!
        I just downloaded the issue and OH.MY.GOODNESS…
        2 things – Karen that is a super kitchen! LOVE 99.9% of it – not that my opinion counts for squat, it’s your space….
        and I may seriously have to subscribe to Canadian Living…. this magazine is so nice. I’m a sucker for the holding in my hands, drinking coffee, flipping pages magazine read…. AND they actually have recipes that I have most of the ingredients for and would actually try :)…. I love Martha Stewart Living, I truly do, and usually I find at least one thing in the rag I would/could do, but most of the recipes???? not so much….

        • Karen says:

          Hi Sue – Canadian Living is known for their recipes. They don’t just throw up any old recipe. They test, restest and test again. They are tried and true recipes that work and taste great. ~ karen!

        • Jeanette says:

          Su, I have been getting Canadian Living on and off – mostly on – every month since I came to Canada in 1985, and have used lots of their recipes, and have not yet found a bad one! I have people that kill to get invited to my Christmas parties because their gingerbread recipe is the best ever.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Su! Nope you didn’t miss it. I’ll be posting those pictures in a week and a half. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Su says:

        ok so I was impatient..patience is not my virtue or my middle name….
        … the spread in the magazine was so nice and I loved your article…. 🙂

        I seriously have to get back to work

  34. Jamie H says:

    Love that you found a home for your roosters. LOVE the picture of you in the kitchen with your chicken – especially your dress – you look so cute!

  35. Karol says:

    Yay! A happy chicken story. Thanks for the sweet ending photo. In my head I read this part: 3 acre farm and 3 boys who wanted pet roosters, in quotation marks. In that wink-wink, nod-nod kinda way. But it turned out there were really 3 boys!
    And Oh-The-Irony of a Popeyes Chicken ad at the top of your page. LOL

  36. Nicole2 says:

    Wow, I’m amazed at how perfectly well this worked out!! The stars were aligned.

  37. Jane P says:

    Pretty much a vegetarian…don’t like to label myself…thought I was going to start eating a little chicken the day you posted the black birds…I was afraid to click on the post…and then…they were beautiful!!

    Fast forward to this post and the killing!!

    I went from yuck…too Grossed Out…to tears as you said good-bye…and then a big smile with the pic’s of the boys. How awesome is that…thanks for all the emotions…ending with a smile

  38. That dude is a keeper (and those boys look thrilled with their pets) 🙂 Glad things turned out so awesome, Karen!

    Shared all over 🙂

  39. Kelly says:

    What an awesome outcome to your rooster dilemma. It’s amazing how things all come together if you try hard enough. Karen, you are one determined, resourceful, smart, clever and wise lady. I just love a happy ending 🙂

  40. SuzyMcQ says:

    Aw, those kids are so cute with your roosters, EXCEPT the one wearing the Crocs. I don’t trust kids wearing Crocs, especially the ones with the holes in them, the shoes not the kid.

  41. Stephanie says:

    Hi Karen,

    It’s your reader, Stephanie, in Colorado again. First of all, on the nail polish post….I totally hear ya. Over the summer I got this nail polish at Walgreens and was so excited for the home version of “gelish nails”. It was so expensive and I was sorely let down! My dreams of midnight dark purple nails done at home was shot!

    Okay, mainly wanted to comment on the roosters post. Two out of 5 of my chickens turned out to be roosters. The first one that I had to get rid of, “Christy”, was a snot of a chicken anyways and picked on my others, so getting rid of her was more of a pain because of the logistics. And that first time, I had to do it fast! I had already gotten a complaint from an anonymous neighbor and from the county. Woops! Apparently, he had been crowing at 4:30am. But because I am three floors up from my backyard and the windows were closed, I didn’t here him. I refused to believe this neighbor until I went down at 4:15am right before the summer sun rose, and sure enough out pops Christy and “cockle-doodle doooooo”!

    Next was Betty. Oh my sweet beautiful Betty. He/she was a different story. She was a sweet, gorgeous Jersey Giant who came up to me and sweetly look into my eyes and she used to hop up on my 4 yr olds lap and sit there until she was made to leave. Well, after a long period of DENIAL, I had to finally accept that the fact that Betty was a “he”.

    Anyways, I went through all the options that you did in your post. I ended up giving them away on Craigslist. I went through the candidates as if I was giving my own child up and both times I found people with farms that needed roosters. Well, supposedly anyway. Again, I will never know but will always choose to believe that they are struttin’ around a pretty little farm somewhere in Boulder. Even Christy, the B*T>H chicken. I’ve considered asking for pictures of Betty so I can see that she is happy. Oh good Lord! What has happened to me?!?

    Stephanie

  42. Connie S. says:

    Awww , that’s a nice ending or should i say a nice new beginning for your roosters. They were certainly fortunate to have you looking out for them:) How sweet and considerate of him to share the picture with you !
    LUV your blog Karen!!! Have been a follower ever since i read about you in Canadian Gardening years ago . I’m never sure what you’re going to write about next ( thats what keeps me tuned in) but one thing for sure it’s ALWAYS interesting and entertaining- you’re such a hoot! ( and i mean that in the nicest way)
    Kudos to you and i will do my part to spread the word on FB and such.

  43. Jody says:

    Well those are certainly 6 happy boys!

  44. Kim says:

    I looked at the pic of the Dad and thought, “Yeah, he looks trustworthy.” The text with the pic of his boys holding the rooster nailed it! Wonderful story.

  45. Beks says:

    *sigh* It looks like the story has a good ending. Three little boys hugging three beautiful birds.

    I feel your pain, though. We had to re-home our dog last year (He was WAY to strong for us, wasn’t taking to his training, no matter how much we worked with him, and was told lies about his behavior). I just saw a picture on a list of dogs who got ultimate revenge on their owners that looks JUST like him. it was surreal.

    He went to a Bulldog rescue in Missouri (thank God they didn’t keep him at the Humane Society!), so I know he’s found a good home. And your birds will have an awesome life on a farm.

  46. Barbara says:

    Its always hard to let go. But that’s a cute photo of the roosters’ new owners. Looks like they went to a good home =) BTW, the advertisement at the bottom of your post is for Popeye’s chicken nuggets :\ (Kind of sick sense of humor…that’s why I love your blog!)

  47. Wilma says:

    My computer screen got really blurry when I got to the picture of the 3 boys holding their new pets! I’m happy your beautiful roosters found a good home.

  48. Ruth says:

    Beautiful…. ’nuff said. 😀

  49. What a great ending! Cheers

  50. Dagmar says:

    That turned out very well for you Karen. Thank you to the kind stranger for sharing the picture too….Besides, as the saying goes,” If you love something set it free!” And whom-ever said that wasn’t kidding. When my grand-mother was just three-years old, her parents asked her to tend the ducks who had just produced ducklings-as the elders were hoarding the cows or something out another gate-and wanted her out of the way. Well she truly make sure note of the ducks escaped or went anywhere. She hugged them so tight and tended to their every step, that she smothered the poor things to death. They never ran away , though, did they?

  51. Sherri says:

    As usual, you make me proud, Karen! Good for you (and those roosters) that you’re bright, resourceful and compassionate. It looks like they’ll have a good life and be loved by three adorable guys. We live in a rural area so by default we collect stray animals. We’re able to return them to their homes in some cases or place some of them with another family if we can’t find out where they belong, but if those two options don’t work, we just let them stay on. We make sure their medical needs are met, they are fed and they are loved. I’ve only regretted that decision once and her name was Maggie the Bitch. I love kitties, but Maggie was the most disagreeable and aggressive feline I’ve ever encountered. Fortunately, after about 3 months of Maggie terrorizing every animal in the area on 2 or 4 legs, our son sweet-talked a young lass into taking Maggie and her 6 kittens (yep, she was preggers when she wandered on to our land)! She created all kind of chaos at her new home and the young lady’s parents have never fully forgiven our family. It was worth their scorn to be rid of Maggie and her devil-children. In spite of that, I will continue offering medical care, shelter, food, and (hopefully) an adoptive home to homeless critters. Too bad I don’t live closer to you….I would have taken all three of those black hunks!

  52. Robin says:

    Ok, this post made me chuckle….quite a few times. As I sit behind a desk at work, people see the smile on my face as I read it and wondered what I was up to. In fact this post was so enjoyable that I am still smiling. I am a sucker for a happy ending, esp. when it comes animals! Thanks for the enlightenment and the happy feeling I got from this read! Hope Chuckles is doing well with her 3 boys now gone. Have a nice weekend!

  53. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Thanks for putting 100% into content…that’s why this blog is such a great read each and everyday.
    Such a sweet story with the picture perfect ending. Did I miss what you named your new hen?

  54. Tammy says:

    That last picture is adorable! I hope they have long happy lives on the farm 🙂

  55. Erin says:

    Great ending to the story.

  56. Elen Grey says:

    Hilarious! The boys look like they signed on for the Big Brother Little Rooster program.

  57. Rebecca says:

    I cried. It’s so sad to say goodbye and happy-sad to see that they will be loved and cared for.

  58. cbblue says:

    Hey Karen, is Dad single? He seems to be your type. I’m a terrible matchmaker, but you never know.

  59. Jodi T. says:

    Awww. They look so sweet!! The boys are cute too 😉

    Is it a coincidence that there’s a Popeye’s chicken add right under the picture?

  60. oh my goodness…the pic of the boys and the roosters…so sweet.

  61. Vanessa says:

    I hope you printed out that picture and framed it! It is so cute, maybe you could hang it in the coop?

    And I am surprised by how many people I have shared your blog with!!

  62. Janet says:

    That was a tear-jerkin’ happy ending!
    Darling pic of those boys and their new buddies.

  63. Susan Robinson says:

    Awesome, you did good. Those boys are so cute!

  64. Liz says:

    umm why do I have tears in my eyes. That last photo is just way too sweet 🙂

  65. Laurinda says:

    Aaawww!!

  66. Maureen says:

    Great story! And the adorable photos make up for those gross “lash eggs” photos.

  67. Toronto Boy says:

    That last picture is awesome!

  68. Laura Bee says:

    Are you kidding me? That’s three awesome things today. I am all teary.

  69. Tracey says:

    Nothing different to add……it’s been said. But I have to agree, the picture of those boys hugging their new pets is absolutely darling!! Thank you!!

  70. marilyn says:

    what a great dad

  71. Mindy says:

    Awww, that last photo is awesome. I kinda wanted to cry….until I saw it. Even if they eat them, at least they love them.

  72. Carol says:

    Perfect! And for that man to send you that picture to ease your mind and show how thrilled his boys were, just reintegrates that they are at a good home, and you made the right choice. Print the picture and hang it on your fridge, then it will be like they are still with you whenever you want to see them!

  73. jennie says:

    I HAVE to paint a picture of the sleeping rooster, so beautiful. The colors, the textures, the serenity. You certainly raise happy boys. You’re the best chicken Mom… 🙂

  74. Jen says:

    What a great photo! You’re an inspiration. Someday I’ll have chickens. First I need a house…

  75. beauty says:

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  76. Ev Wilcox says:

    Nice of him to send you the photo. Alls well that ends well I guess.

  77. Barbie says:

    What a sweet story Karen! I kept this window open for a couple days because I kept getting interrupted when trying to read this blog post, so I waited until I had uninterrupted time and I’m glad I did! I love it when things work out like that! As if God had 3 little boys all picked out for your three lovely and “beautiful” roosters!

  78. Barbie says:

    PS: …..when does your kitchen reveal happen? Did I miss it? I hope not!! Dying to see it!

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  80. Anita says:

    I love a happy ending.

  81. kate-v says:

    Oh, that picture says it all; those kids and those roo’s are gonna’ have a great time.

  82. Joyce I Armstrong says:

    Your sight just bombed my message to you. I will check this out before I go through my story writing again about my chick named Peanut.

  83. Joyce I Armstrong says:

    I went through my story about Peanut the rooster and when I hit your send, my response was that my email was not valid and I lost the story. So, being disappointed after trying to make you laugh, I figured I would try again to be sure my email address worked. You answered me so it works. Now I will try again to send you my story of Peanut the rooster. OK? You will relate to it as I see you loved your roosters as I loved Peanut.

  84. Stephanie says:

    I am on holidays next week and won’t be tuning in. Happy Early Thanksgiving Karen. This is dedicated to Cuddles: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05/11/egreetings/image/01.swf (Not spam, and oh so appropriate where Cuddles in concerned!)

  85. Tracy Nanette says:

    That’s awesome!
    I guess I feel pretty lucky that when I bought my two black Chinese Silkies I ended up with one of each! I kept ’em both. Ike and Tina. 🙂

  86. Allison says:

    What a great picture of those 6 boys! It makes all the difference knowing they’re in a good home. I had to give away my first rooster last year (and actually both of my girls this summer) and know exactly how you feel. Good for you doing the leg work for them.

  87. Jasmine says:

    That was a perfect ending! Three roosters, three little boys needing rooster as pets. It might have been more perfect if Dad had been single, but we will take what we can get. Waiting for your kitchen post with baited breath because every time I went to find the October Canadian Living, it had been sold out. There must be a lot of Art of Doing Stuff readers on Vancouver Island!

  88. JDM says:

    I’m a bit worried about the boy on the far left… he seems to be giving him an extra firm hug! 🙂

    I’ve always said I could never eat anything I’ve named. Husband told me to name the chickens Stew and Dumplin’. We still don’t have chickens.

  89. Melissa says:

    I process my own roosters, and hens when they stop laying. Your description seems much more eloquent then the actual process.

    • Karen says:

      LOL, yes I know. I was trying to keep it as antiseptic as possible for the queazy. Slip, dip, pluck. That’s all I was saying, lol. ~ karen!

  90. Franceska says:

    We ended up with a beautiful, most wonderful protector in our surprise Roo! We weren’t allowing the kiddos or us to name A NY of the chickadees (other than breakfast, lunch and supper). Once we found out our gorgeous Black Copper Marans was a roo, I had to figure something to do…cull him, keep him or find someone who wants him. Hubby said we can always keep him he is a good bird. HE named him King Titan (the king looks over his girls lol). From 9to20 weeks thing were great. King Titan started getting aggressive with the girls and started showing dominance over my hubby, nearly killing our 2 BO by attacking their heads/ eyes!
    We pulled him from the coop and around the girls-he was a great protector and that’s what we needed. But I needed to do something with him BEFORE our freeze set in. I put an ad up (rooster free to a home) and within days I found someone. The man says I have a forever home for him if he’s still available!! We made a big deal of King Titan leaving, pulled him out of his outside mini coop, gave him a bath, many treats and loving. He even fell asleep in my arms. The new owners family needed another roo as their 10yr old guy just passed. Their kiddos requested him to be replaced. He still messages me every now and again, letting me know how he’s doing. It kind of is bittersweet as we raised him for 32wks or so and knew all his hilarious perks (he purred when he knew you were coming around, loves bananas, string cheese and apple peels); not to mention but that crow can be contagious too.
    What a great post and thx for letting me share my King Titan story.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for sharing your story about King Titan Franceska! I actually ended up selling some Olive Egger roos I hatched out this summer to the same guy! He showed me pictures of the Copper Marans roosters (all 3) he got from me and they’ve grown up to be absolutely stunning! I’m glad you’re getting the odd update on yours too. 🙂 ~ karen!

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