"make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

--1 thessalonians 4: 11-12

Monday, November 21, 2011


the other night,
we scored 9 free hens and a turken off of craigslist.
i've heard that turkens are
a mix of a chicken and a turkey,
but jason was researching it last night
and apparently they're just a special breed
of chicken and were bred
to be easy to pluck after they're...
see? you learn something new everyday.
now, wasn't that fun?!

authentic country folk would probably laugh at me
for even posting about this unfortunate looking bird,
but i can't help it.
he looks pretty rad...
 he isn't a very good rooster, though.
he won't keep his hens contained,
so our other rooster was claiming them.
i had no idea chickens have so much drama.

it's weird getting used to this farm life,
because we're used to viewing 
all animals as pets, and now we can't.
they're part of our livelihood,
and if they don't serve a purpose,
we can't really keep them
just because they have a sweet mohawk...

so we went ahead and listed him tonight,

aaand someone just left with him.

i used to be afraid of birds.
i still am...
but more like the lorikeets 
that you can feed at sea world.
they bite when you run out of nectar.
it really, really hurts to be bit by a bird.

yes, i was traumatized as a child.
no, it was not a lorikeet.
it was a cockatiel.


judging by his spurs alone,
i would be terrified...

except for the fact that he's almost 
as tame as a house cat.


Life With The Leyba's said...

Yikes! I don't think I've ever actually seen them with the spurs still attached.

Kyle said...

ok i'm glad this will not be around next time i come to visit!

Sarah said...

We use to eat turduken at Thanksgiving, its a turkey stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck...this made me think of that =) I am not sure I would have gotten close enough to that to take any pictures!!

Heather said...

You may already know this, but if you need to calm down a hen or rooster, grab them by the feet and hold them upside down. Also, the last time we butchered birds, we zip tied a foot to the fence and slit their neck. Gross, but much easier.

gina said...

Omygosh, what a STITCH you are what a HOOT, i was LOLing the whole way through!!! No way, this post RULES

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