Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Rooster Wrangling

The Farn Fairy way..........

Well now kids you know that if there is going to be hens there can ONLY be ONE Rooster. So the little roosters and the teenage rooster left to go south a few miles.

This old cowboy called and said he was picking up some hens north of us and he would swing by and get the roosters I had on craigslist. He pulled up in his truck and hopped out like he was 16 years old popped open the hard flat bed cover and there inside I see he has 4 racoon traps all stuffed full of hens.....carring on.....the other trap was empty and I knew that he was gonna stuff the babies and the Apollo in there.....

Getting them all gathered up with an old weathered cowboy ( about 100 years old) .....We got into the garden shed that has unofficially turned into the chicken coop and tried our rodeo tricks in a 9x12 foot shed.....Now you'd think that catchen four little roosters would be no problem but no.......the older hens are squacking the little hens are yelping and the baby Roosters are screachen like we are about to take their heads off....Apollo the teenager was having none of this and was fixing on landing on my head when old cowboy swoopt up and nabbed his feet with his left hand and tucked him under his right arm and scooping up another in a few seconds flat. He stuffed all of in that little cage just as if it was picking up eggs....

Now I had put the roosters on craigslist for a donation to hope for horses for at least 5.00.....That old man handed me a five and took all 5 roosters and said thanks.....I was a little shocked thinking he would be giving me at least 25 for all the birds and he said. "wall I cun give yah two of those hens who lay green eggs if ya like...." I said well I'll take a few more then that if you don't mind.....

So now I have a couple of extra layers .....12 babies and 4 full grown hens and the beloved Rocky....whom I think killed two babies last night as I had counted 14 babies in all but tonight there was just a dozen. Anyway the roosters are all gone and Rocky will start his gathering again after Apollo tried to take over the flock of babies.

I just could not stand to think one day I'd come out the back kitchen door and find those two going at to the death of one of them....So there you have it.....the babies should start laying in the next few monthes and I will be able to sell those eggs to the gal down the road. And still manage to have enough for us too.....

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Thanks for the fiver! We'll put it to good use. I'm thinking maybe a nice face brush for Apollo in honor of his donor who had the same name.

Jenny@HopeForHorses