Monday, October 19, 2009

isheep and chuck's on death row

My plans to make hard cider this weekend fell through. My friends who invited me didn't realize that their apple trees didn't have a very good season. There wasn't enough on the branches to bear a day at the mill. So they stopped the presses (pun, unfortunately, intended) and instead I spent the day with friends in town. Which was much needed and enjoyable. We ate dinner, went to the movies, and just did the general mucking around that makes for conversations and the occasional belly laugh. I'm glad to have made such good friends in my short time here. New England can be a cold place without familiar faces from time to time.

So here's something mildly exciting: I am working on a Cold Antler Farm iphone app with my friend Phil. It'll be a small farm fundraiser sold at the itunes store. The app will let you get instant updates from the blog, and then other updates and recipes and such. Right now it's a fancy RSS feed for your phone with pretty pictures. It's only 99 cents, and seems to be a fun marriage of technology and homesteading.

Also, my friend Steve and I are thinking about eating Chuck Klosterman. I'm a vegetarian, yes, but only because I am against eating meat that wasn't properly raised on pasture by humane farmers. I am happy to eat animals I have raised, but haven't raised meat animals yet. Mostly because it's just me here and seems like a lot of bloodshed for one person's freezer.... Chuck however, has become so violent, so mean, he runs at me from across the farm. Cuts me with his talons. I now have scars from him. He's starting to hurt Winthrop and makes hens bleed. I'm thinking a swift death and a pot might be the proper course of action. Steve's a skilled upland hunter and has dressed everything from woodcock to turkeys. He said he'd do the dirty work (though I would be right there to help and assure everything went as I wished)—I am a little torn. As evil as the bird's become—I'm used to it and learned to avoid him. The slaughter wouldn't be for me, but for the hens and other animals here he has hurt. To some this may make me a monster, to others, a practical farmer. I'd appreciate thoughts and opinions from you folks. It would help in my decision, very much so.

89 Comments:

Blogger Stacey said...

I think if Chuck is being a menace and is hurting the others, he should be eaten. He served his time and now it is time for him to go. He had a good life.

October 19, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Well, it's a hard choice but I think that is he is injuring your other animals, which you relay on for eggs, then he should go. I agree with you in that eating meat that was raised in horrible conditions is not acceptable. But you raised Chuck and you know every little thing that has gone into his belly. You have given him a good home and cared for him. Think of it as taking care of your other animals, and feel good in that he had a good life.

October 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Joeby said...

Sounds like you need to eat chuck. You will get enough scars without a chicken causing them. And, if he is hurting your hens, it makes the decision easier. I love your book and have recommended it to friens. I also love your blog and enjoy showing funny things to my husband. I grew up on a farm in Arkansas and now live in south Texas where I have to be satisfied with raised bed gardening.

October 19, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

Not to get all meta-physical on you, dear, but do you condone violence, even from a rooster? No, I didn't think so. In the raising of animals there are hard choices that must be made on occasion, and this is one of them. I think it's time for you and your flocks to be violence free. In order to have that happen, you know the choice that must be made. Burn some sage as he meets his end and thank him for his service. All will be well.

October 19, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It sounds like Chuck has to go, one way or another. It would be best if he served one last purpose on this earth. As the others have said- he has lived a good life, and no animal could ask for better care than what you gave, especially given his personality. Good luck with your decision.

October 19, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

i agree, if he has started harming the other animals (not to mention you) a pot may be well deserved. you've given him a full good life, and it would be done humanely so... go for it. I am sure the rest of the farm will breath a sigh of relief.

October 19, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Daphne said...

Definitely end the tyranny of Chuck and transform him into something tasty in the stewpot.

October 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Chuck has served his time well and contributed much, but now that he's becoming a menace and harming the rest of the farm, you included. He should serve the farm in another way. I know your not taking this decision lightly so ask yourself. What is the difference between Chuck hurting your other animals and "The Fox"? When you answer that question you'll know what to do.

October 19, 2009 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Tony C. said...

One thing I have found is that we all too often delay doing what needs to be done. We bend, forgive and make excuses. Then one day that problem is gone either by nature or by our own hands. The next day I always end up asking myself..... "why the heck did I wait that long?"

Put him out of your farms misery.

Tony in Asheville

October 19, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

We ALL get eaten sooner or later... and if he is attacking everything around that is not actually "good" rooster behaviour. Send him on his way to the next turn of the wheel cleanly and clearly.

October 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Nese said...

Reminds me of a scene from Cold Mountain..

ADA:" The rake: there's a rooster devil, I'm sure of it. He's Lucifer himself. I go near him he's at me with his spurs."

RUBY :"I despise a flogging rooster. Where is he?

( Ada gets up, nods to the corner of the yard. Ruby goes over.
The Rooster gathers himself up for a new opponent.In One Movement She Picks Up The Bird And Twists Off Its head.

RUBY:"Let's put him in a pot."

October 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Hunington said...

[As the creature threatens to poison Morgan, Graham spies the baseball bat on the wall near Merrill]

Graham: Swing away, Merrill.

[Merrill continues staring at the creature and Morgan]

Graham: Merrill. Swing away.

(from the move "Signs")

Swing away there Sister.

October 19, 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Moose Nuggets said...

Don't know if this will help, but here's a formerly-non-thinking-omnivore's opinion.

I had longed for laying hens when I first read your book (recommended by a friend who knew I was pining away for a homestead). It never crossed my mind to worry about how my animal protien meals got to my table until I read your book, then read a lot of articles and various other things you had recommended. All that reading pointed me in the direction of other reading and research.

I am NOT a vegetarian. But Your book DID change the way our family eats meat. Instead of grocery store who-knows-how-they-were-treated steaks, my husband turned hunter and humanely kills the majority of our meat. (Alaska has an abundance of it... moose, caribou, ptarmagin, grouse, etc). When we didn't have a place to raise chickens, we offered to pay for the feed for a friend to raise our meat hens in a humane environment, and pitched in to butcher them.
We hunt and fish responsibly, and have virtually eliminated the grocery store as a place to buy meat... and all because you (and some other homesteaders) encouraged us to think, son. And it is because of that new thinking that our new homestead will "grow" our own meat from now on as well.

So with all that said... if your only aversion to eating meat is how inhumanely the animals are treated in meat plants, you can rest assured that Chuck has had more opportunity to a nice life than any tyson chicken.

Serve him with gravy, son.
If you need a recipe, let me know. I make a mean rooster and dumplins.

October 19, 2009 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Frenchie said...

I say Chuck goes into the crock pot. I too have an evil rooster named Berry. I tried to kill him one time but I was too slow. (I chased him around the yeard with a broom after he attacked me.) It was a good thing I didn't because my son is very attached to "his" chickens. He would have needed therapy for years if I killed Berry in front of him! But I am so tired of that stupid rooster. My son, daughter and myself have all been attacked by him. He has never gone after my husband though. Our hens don't free range in our yard as much because of his attacking us. I have thought of him having a "mysterious" accident, but my son would know it was me!

So I will live vicariously through you and Chuck! Just make sure to cook him in a crock pot for a long time because he will be pretty tough.

October 19, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger omnicharm said...

Eat him!

October 19, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

Looks like it's Chuck and Dumplings! We had a nasty Chuck we called Rocky. I didn't want to .... ummmmmmmmm.... deal with everything....... OK, I felt sorry for the damb bird! I ran an ad and gave him away. Served the same purpose minus the yummy meal.

Think about all your critters and be sure to put yourself on the list of critters on the farm.

October 19, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

Now I understand who Chuck is -cook him long -I bet he will be a tough old bird
vickie

October 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

I would 110% eat Chuck. Sounds to me like it might be an easier transition into "regular bloodshed" on the farm if you have to start with an animal you aren't super fond of or that is becoming a menace to the other animals, rather than starting with another animal you have fond memories of or you feel more attached to.

October 19, 2009 at 9:37 PM  
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October 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Jenna,
I honestly don't know why you put the question to us when you know, already, what you will do. If he is a menace, then he has to go, if only to protect the girls. Growing up, we raised chickens, turkeys pigs and cows for the freezer and hens for the eggs. It didn't bother me too much, but then again my brother had closer contact then I did. If you are nervous about the dinner part, give him away to your friend. That will let your heart heal and save you from the 'ending'. Good luck..

October 19, 2009 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

What more fitting end for Chuck than to be lovingly eaten. I vote for the axe.

October 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Tarra said...

I agree (and I'm a fellow vegetarian.) Chicken soup with dumplings would be good!

October 19, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Rachel B. said...

I think Chuck needs to go. Since he's hurting your hens and poor Winthrop it's time.
Count yourself lucky to have a protein source you raised yourself. I've been thinking more recently on how I want to eat more locally, most focusing of the meat. I use to be against my dad hunting by now, if he got a turkey or deer I'd happily eat it.

October 19, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Psycho Roosters usually go into the pot here. It's hard to do farm work when you can never turn your back on one particular animal for fear it will hurt you. That alone is reason enough to get rid of him, and it's not like you can give a near-homicidal rooster to someone else. You're on the right track with your plan.

October 19, 2009 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger David Shearer said...

It's time for Chuck to go! Be mindful of the cycle of life, give thanks for the nourishment that he will provide, and move on...

October 19, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Butts said...

My friends had to do the same to one of their (beautiful, but mean) roosters this year too. At the same time they also took out an egg pecking hen. Since 1/2 of the couple is vegetarian we became the proud recipents of the "Rouge Rooster" & "Egg Pecker Hen". The rooster made some mighty fine Chiken and Dumplins, while "Egg Pecker" is still in the freezer awaiting my culinary inspiration. This is life on the "farm" so you might as well have you chicken and eat it too!!

October 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Time's up Chuck. I'm a new reader - truly enjoying your blog, thank you!

October 19, 2009 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

While it may hurt, it's time for Chuck to go. The safety of the other chickens on your farm must come first in order to have a successful laying flock. Give ol' Chuck a classy exit though. Go find a recipe for coq au vin. It was originally designed for tough roosters, so you've got the first ingredient down.

You might also consider your next rooster Drumstick, McNugget or something along that line. It'll take some of the hurt away from what you have to do, because unfortunately you'll face this decision again in the future.

October 19, 2009 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Everyone: this has been great. While I don't, ever, take any death lightly I am not in any way opposed to ending Chuck's reign of terror.

I'll let you know how he tastes. He'll be my first non-veggie meal in nearly 7 years if I beat the fox to him...

October 19, 2009 at 10:22 PM  
OpenID Tamitng said...

Call the "Chicken Whisperer".

October 19, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Chelli said...

Nese, LOVE the Cold Mountain reference!! I remember that scene well, and have prayed I don't end up with a rooster like that!! Jenna, sounds like you have thought this out. I'm in your corner on this. You are doing what's best for the farm as a whole.

Now, is that app ready yet?? Can't wait!!

October 19, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger deborahwolfe said...

I don't think it's any of our business how you run your farm. Truly. We don't get to reap the benefits nor suffer the consequences of your actions. I say follow your own personal code of ethics.

October 19, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Rois said...

Mean Roosters get eaten,period.Although he made be old enough that you should make him into soup.After 6 months the birds are a bit stringy and tough.
Good Luck
Rois
hrafinstaad.blogspot.com

October 19, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Seems like the best course of action and a proper honoring of his life. A nice Coq au Vin, a baguette, and some homemade butter.

October 19, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger kandy said...

cook him. if you don't feel like you can eat him (7 years of vegidom is a long time), give him to a family in need; then he will be doing good instead of harm

October 19, 2009 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

We've got a kick-ass recipe for coq au vin that you're welcome to use!

October 19, 2009 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger P said...

I love that everybody's sentiments are the same as mine (for the most part). Time for a Klosterman Fricassee!

October 19, 2009 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Watch it with Chuck because if he is a mature fellow not of a meat breed you may be eating show leather not tender chicken. Have been there and done that when we first had chickens.

Chuck may make better dog food than people food.

October 19, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger erislaughs said...

Ive been vegan for over 10 years, and I would eat that bird.

October 19, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Mancelona Woodswoman said...

We had a Chuck. It took him years to quit his nasty ways. He was always good to the hens though.

I'd say have him move on. Down the road, or in the stew. As I recall, he's been this way since Day 1. I don't think the rooster/hen ratio will even help.

October 19, 2009 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Tora said...

Looks like we're all in agreement here - Chuck's history!

October 19, 2009 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Myrnie said...

I'm in the "eat him" camp.

October 20, 2009 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

In less than three hours, 42 people are ready to send Chuck to the guilitine.... including myself. I'm feeling a little bad for the Chuckster. He's just doin' what comes natural. Like boiling with onions ands carrots.

October 20, 2009 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Robj98168 said...

Awwww poor Chuck. And Me being the meat eater in this group, I must vote Save Chuck he's probably all tough and only good for stew anyway. Maybe you could donate him to a no kill shelter, or the police department as an attack rooster or ...hmmm.. a petting zoo????

October 20, 2009 at 1:09 AM  
Blogger Q.P.B. said...

Sounds like you have plenty of advice and probably already know what you will do.

Books like yours have also changed the way we think about and eat our food. They've certainly raised our sensitivity regarding how disconnected we are from what appears on our plate.

This weekend, my husband and I went to our neighbors and helped them process 20 chickens. They'd never done this before and, although my husband had all through childhood, I'd never done any such thing. I wasn't sure how I felt. When we were done, I found it to be a respectful and necessary process, putting food on the table for a family of six--and having some nice fellowship with the neighbors in the process.

Good luck!

October 20, 2009 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Our first experience with chickens about 7 years ago brought with it Rocky, the meanest rooster you would never hope to meet:) It got so bad at one point poor Hubby had to do morning chores for me because he always attacked. I got brave one day and did it my self, well Rocky was right there letting me know he did not like me in his coop...the only thing I had to protect myself was a metal feed bucket. I blasted him with it, he rolled halfway across the coop and came back for more! I was already on my way out the door. The last straw came when he took off after our 2 year old son. His meat was just as tough as he was and most of him went to the trash. He was the first bird we butchered and there have been many since.

October 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Spring Lake Farm said...

Chuck can go from dastardly to delightful (in the form of a chicken pot pie).

October 20, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

I think as a farmer you should never lose sight that your animals are there to produce. When they can't earn their keep any longer it's time for them to be sold or slaughtered. Most farmers have an occasional pet or two (or more9, usually cats and dogs, that's different - they are pets.

October 20, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I used to be a vegetarian for the same reason as you. Just this past weekend we butchered our 15 broilers that we raised. It was hard, but I said a little "thank you" to each bird as I brought it to its fate.
You don't want to lose your chickens due to his violence...and I know first hand that you can get a nasty infection from a stab from the spurs of a rooster.
Good luck!

October 20, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Sarah Sanders said...

Yes, unfortunately, I also think Chuck must go. You gave him a great life. It's not fair to you and especially your hens - I don't think it would be worth it to keep him around when he's being a menace. I know when we have our place in the country, if we ever have a mean rooster, he'll be in the stockpot faster than you can say "chicken noodle soup" - but then, I have 2 young boys, so if any animal is a threat, he/she would be gone in a heartbeat. I want (and know you want, too) a peaceful, happy farm - for both the humans and the animals who call it home. Best of luck in your decision - I'm sure that even though he's become a mean rooster it will still be hard to dispatch him. Death is never an easy thing...but it is part of farm life.

October 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Kristin @ Going Country said...

Yeah. We had to dispatch one of our roosters because he was terrorizing the hens. We couldn't in good conscience give him to anyone else, and since we had to get rid of him, we figured the best thing to do would be to eat him. Sounds strange, but it's logical in its own way. The chickens are much happier and calmer without him.

October 20, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Sounds like putting him in a pot would be the practical farming thing to do. Life and death is part of it all.

October 20, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I have to agree with "everyone" - it is time for Chuck to go.

October 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Vivian said...

Do it - it is both practical and smart to be rid of him and he will be food for you and your friend as well.....a good ending for a fine life. It's TIME!

October 20, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Chuck must go. A hot bowl of chicken soup at this time of the year is heaven.

October 20, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

As if you needed more feedback, I think a quick death and subsequent stew would relieve all y'all. But please do it outta sight of all the other critters, lest they scatter when you approach instead of clamoring for attention.

October 20, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The short answer - I think Chuck should be a tasty dinner.

The long back story - ordinarily, I would be totally against it. I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm a hop-skip-jump from one. In this case, not only has he injured you and other animals, but in my eyes, my issue with meat is that I often don't know what horrid environment and what a miserable life and end my meat had. I can't condone that kind of treatment of animals! If I knew - or when I'm reasonably sure - that what I'm eating has lived a good existence. Wandering a pasture. Free ranging. Just a good animal existence. And that it met a swift, kindly executed (pun intended) end, I'm OK with it.

Chuck's had one heck of a rooster life, hasn't he?

October 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger j.c. said...

Eat Chuck, and do let us know when the iPhone app is ready. I will definitely buy it!!

October 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Jody M said...

Only one thing to say: Coq au Vin.

October 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Crock Pot Chuck. Go for it.

October 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Crock Pot Chuck. Go for it.

October 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger LilacCottageGoats said...

I see that you have decided to do old chuck in. It would have been my choice also. Let me give you a little advice on how to cook him. Yes he will be a little tuff, if he is not cooked right. But don't let that stop you from eating him. I eat my older laying hens and roosters all the time. All you need to remember is to cook him slow and long(at least 3-4hours), and well covered in water. You will have the best broth in the world for making chicken and noodles, and the chicken become more tender the longer you cook him. I like to make my noodles extra dry and floury, so that when you drop them in your fast boiling broth they make a nice gravy. If the gravy isn't thick enough just add a little thickener. Then I take the meat off the bones and brake it up, and but it in with the noodles and gravy,and then mix it all together. Then I like to pour the noodle mixture over mashed potatoes, yum yum.
Kelly

October 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

I agree that Chuck should go. He's hurting the others (and you) and that's a Big No in my book.

October 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger LilacCottageGoats said...

I just wanted to add that you should take the chicken out of the broth to cool, before you add the noodles. And always make sure that the broth is boiling before you add the noodles to it. That's all I want to say.

October 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
OpenID btomasette said...

Hi, I don't see that you have an RSS feed on your blog, is this correct? Can you please make one so people can follow you?

October 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger nefaeria said...

Oh dear.

Like you I am a vegetarian, but I am trying to wean myself back on to meat. I am going to have to start with wild meat, but once I start raising critters that I can eat, I will do so.

If you want to eat meat again, Chuck seems like a sensible candidate. Either way, he wouldn't be a resident much longer if it were me making the decision.

Best of luck!

October 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Whoa, I'm way late to the party on this one! Eat him! He'll be the best tasting bird you've ever had. I used to be all soft about this kind of stuff, but farm life will relieve one of those sentiments in a hurry. And there's something about a really, REALLY obnoxious animal that makes their retirement not so difficult to bear!

October 20, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Amigo van Helical said...

I'll add my dos centavos to the choir: your responsibility to your livestock dictates that you minimize the stress they feel. C.K. is stressing them, and the problem is apparently getting worse, so he needs to go away.

It wouldn't be ethical to give a problem rooster away to someone else, so that limits your options. It would be cruel to C.K. (and a waste of feed) to lock him up, so your best bet probably is to kill him.

Eating him or composting him or giving his corporeal remains to someone else for his/her use... that's a separate decision. Personally, I think that some choice that adds value to Cold Antler would be best.

October 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Summerbeam gardener said...

Roosters just stress out hens (and in this case, you too!) I say he deserves the stew pot. That's life on the farm.

October 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger yarrow said...

oh, the peace in the barnyard the day after we slaughtered 13 roosters! :) seriously, though, that rooster is not a good rooster. a good rooster doesn't hurt his hens, does protect them, doesn't hurt you, does notify you when something is amiss in the barnyard (usually by making an unholy racket), does get along with other roosters provided there are sufficient hens and sufficient space for that to be a reasonable expectation, and in general, is not actually very aggressive. and we have been tempted to audition ours for good singing voices, though we have yet to base any "who lives, who dies" decisions on that one. :)

so, i'd eat him. killing a bird or other animal you've raised is never an inconsequential thing to do, but it does establish a very good spiritual connection with your food, and is an important skill in and of itself.

we do a ceremony before we start an animal slaughter day, in which we thank the creatures for the life they are giving up to sustain our lives, and ask that their spirits be swiftly and gently taken where they need to go. it helps us stay at peace with our work and our decision to raise and slaughter our own meat.

and those home grown birds make real good eating. :)

October 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I agree with the majority of posters - if he is causing problems for other animals on the farm, it is probably time to let him go. Good luck - we'll all be interested to see how it goes!

October 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Bye, Chuck.

October 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna: I'm with the majority. And you've already said you'd be sure it was done humanely and I know you mean it because, if anything, you are a wonderful steward of your flock and of your farm. I just have one thought, if you all do this, please do it out of the sight of the other animals. I just feel like they somehow know. I'm haunted by something I saw once: we were driving on a country road and a female cardinal flew down in front of the truck and we hit it--no way to avoid it. I wanted to go back to see if it was alive, maybe just stunned in which case I would have moved it off the road to not be run over repeatedly by other cars. As we were slowing down to turn around, I saw the male cardinal fly down to her lying there on the road and he stayed with her for quite a while. I was crushed with sadness that I had any part in that, even accidentally, and yes, I know it's how life is. But, my point is, I kinda feel like they know when something like that happens and I just think it would be nice if you did what you have to do out of the sight and even sound of your other animals, if possible. I spent a lot of time on my grandparents' farm and I'm well aware that sometimes some animals just have to be sacrificed and Chuck has been asking for it. Mimi

October 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Isn't this the season for homemade chicken soup? That should tell you where I stand.

October 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I, too, have given up meat that did not have a good life. I don't raise my own animals (not enough space in my city yard), but I do purchase meat from farmers I trust. I think if Chuck has become such a nuisance that he's hurting other animals, it's time for him to go. He's had a good life, and apparently doesn't appreciate how good he has it.

October 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger julie said...

No choice Jenna Got to go, and as preious bloggers have said , tasty soup

October 20, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

OK, I agree with the others about Chuck, but before he goes to that big stew pot, take a few more pictures, because he is a beautiful bird and then frame one with the phrase "The Cluck Stops Here!" Responsibility is not passed on beyond this point. You and Harry Truman...

October 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I agree that it may be time for Chuck to go. I was a vegetarian myself for a long time. The book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver completely changed the way I look at how I eat.

October 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Funny Ernie said...

We had three roosters and our poor hens were being tormented and stressed out. Though we had promised we wouldn't butcher the roo's (we adopted two of them) we had to for the sake of the girls. We kept our original roo and the hens seem MUCH happier since the other roo's left the nest (so to speak). We have to fib to our roosters former owners but in the end it's a good thing. And, we are only fibbing to spare our friends heartache so really it's all ok, right?

Trust me, your hens will love you for the dirty deed that must be done!

October 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Did it MY way said...

Chickens are raised for eggs and meat.............eat him.

October 20, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger theAvidPenguin said...

Put him in a little rooster prison while he waits on Death Row. Mostly just to give him time get right with Rooster Jesus but also for the deterrent effect.

Perhaps you could take a photo of Chuck behind bars and use the graphic on a bumper sticker or a t-shirt.

"Don't be a Chuck Klosterman."

October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

Go for it Jenna, time to take Chuck down.

October 20, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

I too am in favor of "taking care of Chuck" (as we put it at our farm) but I cannot say to eat him as I am a vegetarian too. I'd put him in the compost pile like you did with the hen you recently lost. We had a rooster until this May, exactly 1 day after he attacked my husband who still has the scars on his legs, (damn diabetes) and I'll tell you it's nice an quiet around here again. Not to mention me children are no longer afraid of being attacked by him when they play outside. Time's up Chuck!

October 20, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Robj98168 said...

LOL all you vegans and vegetarians SHAME ON YOU!

October 20, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I wonder if the real Chuck Klosterman would ever read this? I was just looking at his new book at Northsire this weekend and thought to myself, "There is a small community of people who will see this book at Borders and think, that rooster was an asshole"

Ha.

October 20, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Naomi said...

DP and I agree - eat him.

something to consider too - nasty roosters tend to pass on nasty genes. We don't keep roosters with dodgy behaviour here, no matter how pretty. We want docile easy to handle chooks (we have small childers here), and easy to handle roosters too!

If he is hurting you and your animals, and his girls, then he goes. That is not something you would want to pass on to the next chook generation, you could end up with several Chuckies - yurgh!

October 20, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger luckybunny said...

I have never done this, however I have had a very nasty rooster who was big and left scars on me, and would attack everytime I had my back turned. I would consider turning him into soup, so I can relate! Really I don't think you are horrible for considering this and I really think it might be the way to go.

October 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Ah, Chuckie reminds me of a menacing rooster from my childhood, Rojo. I was 6 or 7 years old and Rojo was the next door neighbor's cute little easter gift, all soft and chirpy and white.

He grew into a horrid meany who frequently chased me around the backyard and spurred me and clawed at me while his evil owner laughed about it. I, too, still have some scars from that long ago demon. I hated him. And I love critters, so it was pure conflict.

Hmmm, I blame Rojo for all my many shortcomings. Ok, maybe that's going too far, but I celebrated the day he finally coughed out his last crow and fell of the neighbor's sawhorse, hitting the garage floor with a thud.

October 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I recall giving fair warning that one day you would have to do what you have to do. It happened here too. Mean birds do not belong at my house. So, I do not think you are a monster. I think you have come to see how you would like things around your farm.

October 23, 2009 at 5:57 AM  

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