(Originally posted Sept 6, 2011)
I must stop getting free chickens from Craigslist. Apparantly giving chickens away is just something people DO around here – along with breathing. I got 6 free roosters today, and they delivered them to my door for the price of gas. Wow!
I had put today aside to butcher and process some of the hens I got yesterday, but once the roosters arrived I had to do them first so they didn’t bother the neighbors. Everything was going well until one of the roosters got loose! He slipped out the door while I was getting another out of the crate. He spied the run of hens I’d gotten yesterday, crowed loudly, and made a beeline for them. I headed him off and the chase ensued.
All around the yard, back to the gate, over the rabbit hutches and around the yard again. Crowing the whole time! (The rooster, not me.) The neighbor’s birthday party noise silenced. Another neighbor decided that just then was the best possible time to come over to the gap in the fenceline to “pick some blackberries”. The determined rooster finally got IN to the run with the hens, but since they didn’t know him the hens commenced flogging him! 12 vs 1 was not a fair fight, but also not one I was stepping in to, so I waited until the rooster surfaced out of the melee before going in to grab him. I got him and carried him out of the run by his legs – That durn rooster could crow even UPSIDE DOWN!
I’m covered in burrs from all the weeds I haven’t cleared yet, my legs are bleeding from the blackberry brambles, I’m carrying a rooster upside down, and I look up to see my neighbor, who hurriedly picks another blackberry. I was in no mood to pretend all was good, so I lassoed the rooster’s legs together and picked up the knife, and the neighbor decided she had something to do elsewhere. Whew!
I tell you, that rooster will taste GOOD.